Boambee and Urunga will be vying for a grand final berth tomorrow.
Boambee and Urunga will be vying for a grand final berth tomorrow. Leigh Jensen

Last chance to get spot in show

IT'S a date on grand final day or curtains for the season.

That's what teams are facing in this weekend's North Coast Football finals.

Coffs United and Woolgoolga are already in the men's and women's grand finals respectively but who faces them at BCU International Stadium next week is being decided today.

Although losing an extra-time thriller to Coffs United last week, Urunga will be boosted by both the performance and the fact it will be playing at home tomorrow when it faces Boambee.

It was only a couple of months ago that catch-up matches for weekends ruined by wet weather meant that Boambee and Urunga met on two consecutive weekends.

The teams walked away with a win each from those matches but a statistic that might help in deciding the victor today could be that the two wins in July were claimed by the home team.

The Bombers were impressive last week in eliminating Orara Valley 3-0, but there is a theory that if teams can curb the influence that captain Wade Parker has on the match they can curb Boambee.

It is a task that is easier said than done but one that Urunga, with its clean passing, will try to achieve.

Boambee is also trying to qualify for the women's grand final.

Unlike the men's team, the women will enjoy the home-ground advantage this afternoon when they face reigning premier Coffs United.

While the Lionesses had a morale-boosting 4-2 win over arch rival Urunga last week, Boambee has to bounce back from a confidence-sapping 7-0 loss against Woolgoolga.

The two previous meetings between Boambee and Coffs United this year have resulted in a comfortable win each. The Eagles must be able to handle any setback today and not drop shoulders, like they did last week.

The experienced Coffs United will look for any chink in the armour and if one is found will take full advantage.

With the stakes so high this weekend, the team that is able to maintain a cool head in pressure situations will prevail and go on to next week's "big dance".



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