Local clubs not flying Solo
COFFS United face a difficult assignment at the BCU International Stadium this afternoon in its quarter final clash of the Northern NSW knockout Solo Cup.
The Lions, who have recaptured good form recently, have been drawn to meet Weston Workers, who currently sit on top of the table in Newcastle’s NBN State League competition.
Coffs United have a proud record of battling above their weight in the statewide Champion of Champions tournament and the club will be hoping a repeat performance can be produced this weekend against players who can claim to be semi-professional.
Fellow local team Woolgoolga also face a NBN State League in the form of Valentine Phoenix.
The Wolves don’t appear to have as formidable an assignment ahead of them as Coffs United, judging by Valentine sitting two games adrift of fourth place in the competition.
Both Woolgoolga and Coffs United are guaranteed to receive at least $500 in prize money for reaching the quarter final stage, but that amount will double with each victory from here on in.
Reigning North Coast Football premiers Maclean will be hoping to break out of its current form slump, which has seen the Bobcats lose three matches on the trot.
The Bobcats face Broadmeadow Magic, who will be coming off a last start 4-2 win over fellow quarter finalist Toronto Awaba.
Tamworth-based club Oxley Vale Attunga may have the best draw out of all the Northern Pool teams to reach the quarter finals.
Not only are the Mushies through to this stage as the “lucky loser”, but they will be playing Toronto Awaba this afternoon, who are winless in the Newcastle competition.
Northern NSW Football chief executive officer David Eland believed the new knockout competition had been better than he imagined.
“The inaugural Solo Cup has been a resounding success,” Mr Eland said.
“Fifty-six teams from across Northern NSW contested this knockout competition in the first year and this weekend in Coffs Harbour, we will have two days of quality football to determine the eventual grand finalists.”
Eland said this weekend was a fine opportunity to derive benefits from this year’s competition and called for clubs to put their hands up for next year.
“With the spotlight of club football firmly focused on Coffs Harbour this weekend, I will take the opportunity to officially open the call for nominations for the 2011 Solo Cup,” he said.
“I anticipate, based on the success of this year’s competition, that it will attract even more teams from across Northern NSW.”
SOLO CUP DRAW
Played at BCU International Stadium
Today - quarter finals
2pm: Weston Workers v Coffs United
2pm: Woolgoolga v Valentine Phoenix
4pm: Maclean v Broadmeadow Magic
4pm: Oxley Vale Attunga v Toronto Awaba
Tomorrow - Semi Finals
Both matches will kick off at 11am.