Five teams simply won’t fit into final four positions
THE final matches of the Men's Premier League season before the finals begin promises to be one of the most exciting climaxes to a North Coast Football competition in many years.
The battle for the minor premiership will be on in earnest at McLean as the two leading teams all year go head to head.
Both Coffs United and Urunga are already assured of their finals berths but pride will go on the line with top spot, bragging rights and a possible psychological blow to the opposition on offer. The Lions need to only secure a draw on home soil to claim top spot.
Coffs United has scored more goals and conceded less than everybody else this year so possibly deserve the title. But that won't stop the Raiders trying to grab some glory. The most interst will centre around third and fourth positions.
Courtesy of a 10-2 victory over Woolgoolga last Tuesday night, Boambee has joined Northern Storm and Sawtell in the hunt for a finals berth.
One of those will miss out. But which one?
Due to having an inferior goal difference to the other two finals aspirants, Sawtell simply needs to take a point away from Korora in the vital clash against the Storm to qualify for post-season action. Boambee is favoured to take all three points from its home match against Coffs Coast Tigers.
If the Bombers win, they're guaranteed a finals spot, irrespective of what happens at Korora.
If the Tigers hold Boambee to a draw, then Bombers fans will be hoping Sawtell has done them a favour by beating the Storm.
If Northern Storm win, they'll finish in the top four.
A loss by the Storm will see the Korora crew hoping the Tigers have upset Boambee. A draw may be enough for the Storm to go through to next week's first leg of the semis, provided Boambee don't get any more than a point at Ayrshire Park. It's sure going to be an exciting afternoon.
FINAL ROUND MATCHES
Men's Premier League
Boambee v Coffs Coast Tigers at Ayrshire Park
Westlawn Tigers v Grafton United at Barnier Park
Woolgoolga v Orara Valley at Clive Joass Memorial Park
Northern Storm v Sawtell at Korora
Coffs United v Urunga at McLean St
All matches kickoff at 2pm on Sunday
Women's Premier League
Maclean v Coffs United at Barry Watts Oval
Northern Storm v Boambee at Korora
Urunga v Woolgoolga at the Cabbage Patch
Bye - Grafton United
All matches kick off at 3pm on Saturday