Youth ready for Central Coast
WHILE the big boys battle it out in the Solo Cup today, the future stars of North Coast Football will be taking to the field at Woolgoolga tomorrow in the fourth round of this year’s Northern NSW State Youth league.
NCF zone teams face the strong Central Coast tomorrow.
Even though the southerners are not actually part of the Northern NSW football family, it has recently played in its premier youth competition because of its strength and the opportunities it gives young players to perform.
Last week NCF won all four matches against Mid North Coast (north) but tomorrow brings a new challenge.
15 years boys
It has been an unusual couple of weeks for the 15s.
First a goal-less performance against Macquarie followed by an 11-goal haul against Mid North Coast.
Traditionally, Central Coast has proved tough opposition but it was trounced in the first round by Newcastle, so the southerners are coming from behind already.
The issue for the NCF 15s is not so much what its opposition does but making sure it finishes off the many chances that it has been creating.
14 years boys
With a win and a draw from the first three games the 14s are already enjoying success this season.
Last year, many close games went the other way but the signs are there that the opposite is starting to happen in 2011.
The 14s are controlling possession for long periods and creating many chances each game.
Now, it’s just a matter of playing with confidence and putting on the pitch what has been learnt on the training paddock.
The NCF 14s have some players who are starting to get noticed and with the nationals looming later in the year, there is plenty of motivation to play well.
13 years boys
It was hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the NCF 13s winning its first game on Sunday.
The squad has put in so much effort only to end up previously on the wrong side of the scoresheet.
A crowd gathered to cheer the youngest SYL players last weekend against Mid North Coast.
Perhaps that match will give the squad that little bit extra in future matches. The talent is there and plenty of hard work is being done at training.
Now with more confidence and belief in themselves, there could be exciting times ahead.
Central Coast has also struggled this year, taking just one point from its first three games and only managing to find the back of the net once in all three.
16 years girls
Central Coast does not have a girls team so the NCF 16s gets its first bye of the season tomorrow.
A bye is welcomed by coach Danny Rosewood as his girls try to overcome several niggling injuries.
None are too serious but many are at the stage where training is becoming difficult and several squad members are sitting out of training in recent weeks as they prepare for match day.
The powerful Newcastle team sits on top of the ladder in three out of the four SYL competitions after three rounds. In fact none of the Newcastle boys teams have dropped a point yet. Only in the girls’ competition have they struck trouble.
The NCF girls have jumped to the outright lead and are the only girls’ team to have taken maximum points from their first three games.
The local girls may be defying the trend but they have no intention of surrendering the competition lead.
NCF has not faced Newcastle yet, however, Newcastle’s loss to Mid North Coast (north) has given the NCF squad some quiet confidence for that fixture in a month’s time.
YOUTH LEAGUE MATCHES
North Coast Football v Central Coast
At High St fields, Woolgoolga
14 years boys
15 years boys and 13 years boys