Home advantage for junior reps

THE Northern NSW State Youth League returns to town tomorrow as North Coast Football’s four junior representative teams play host to Macquarie Football at Woolgoolga’s High Street fields.

Macquarie were NCF’s first opponents when the competition started back at the start of March.

On that day North Coast Football won three of the four matches at Speers Point. A fact that has given the local teams plenty of confidence leading into tomorrow’s encounters, especially considering this time North Coast are the home team.

The 14 boys have a lot of motivation tomorrow as a win will see them out in front of the rest.

The 14s are the only undefeated team out of every zone in all four age groups which is an incredible effort considering what they are up against in Newcastle and the Central Coast.

In each of the other age groups every team has lost at least once with the exception of this group coached by Al Courtenay.

These boys are the stand out team in all of Northern NSW and consequently several have been earmarked for call up to the team to compete at the Nationals later this year.

The 13 boys are perhaps the only team not to be favourites heading into this one as their opponents are second on the ladder.

The 16 girls should be considered good things to win tomorrow having dispatched Macquarie 6-1 in the first round. They will go into second place should they secure another win against their opponent.

A win for the 15 boys will mean that they move up to equal top position.


Few top flight games

Ground closures from the week’s rain means that there will be very few 1st Division matches played over the weekend.

At the time of printing the only top flight grounds that were still open were the Maclean Showground and Woolgoolga’s High Street fields.

This means that the only men’s fixtures that will be played today is Maclean’s home game against Sawtell and the two matches due to be played at Woolgoolga.

In the men’s clash Woolgoolga are due to play a final four-shaping encounter against Urunga while in the women the Wildcats who have been extremely dangerous in front of goal so far in 2010 face the Coffs Coast Tigers.

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