NORTH Coast Football’s (NCF) four State Youth League (SYL) squads fire their first shots in anger tomorrow when the 2011 season’s first trial matches are held at Urunga.
For everyone involved this is the first test of the year and a strong indication of the capability of each of the squads. Until now it has been all training and fitness work.
Training began for most a month ago and it has been twice a week in the afternoon humidity since then. In addition, some of the older players have been doing fitness work at a gym to help sweat out the summer flab.
All players are itching to take to the pitch in their team colours once more.
Tomorrow the local squads will take on arch rivals Mid North Coast to prepare for an interesting season ahead.
This year Northern NSW Football has changed the competition structure from a league to a Cup style competition, meaning the SYL teams are playing for the right to go into a knock-out finals campaign and, hopefully, a grand final on August 27.
On the one hand it means teams can sustain a few losses during the season, but in the end, the title hangs on a performance in one game.
That makes for an exciting season ahead, which begins with two pre-season fixtures, the first of which kicks off tomorrow at Urunga.