Maclean Bobcats in historical win
WHILE Maclean Bobcats continue to celebrate their 2-1 grand final victory over Coffs United Lions the historical significance of the moment is just starting to sink in.
Bobcats became the first team to win premier league in both North Coast (Coffs/Clarence-based) and Far North Coast (Lismore/Ballina-based) which media officer Roger Miller attributes to the cultivation of a generation of home-grown talent.
“The Bobcats could not have started better when they hit the lead after two minutes,” he said.
“Going to the break up 2-0 was the least they deserved after hitting the woodwork three times, but Lions' keeper Josh Wiseman was inspirational with his five saves.”
Ten minutes after the restart Coffs hit back and Miller was generous in praising the dogged resistance of the home team.
“The Lions are renowned for their fighting spirit,” he said.
“The final 10 minutes could only be described as frantic with Coffs throwing everything they could.
“Wiseman was the outstanding player and without his efforts it could have been an absolute blow-out. For the winners, it was a brilliant team effort and seems unfair to single any player out as man-of-the-match but if anything, the engine room of Kevin Crofton, Aaron Bylos and Dane Ellis all got stuck in and helped the boys to their history-making moment.”
2009 NORTH Coast Football Grand Final Winners
Mens first division - Maclean Bobcats 2 d Coffs City United Lions 1
Womens first division - Urunga Raiders 4 d Corindi Red Rock 2
Youth - Westlawn Tigers 2 d Coffs City United Lions 1
Men second division - Yamba Breakers 2 d Sawtell Scorpions 1
Womens second division - Urunga Raiders 2 d Maclean Bobcats 1
Mens third division - Dorrigo Highlanders 4 d Grafton City 2
Womens third division - Nambucca Strikers 2 d Dorrigo Cedars 1
Mens fourth division - Corindi Red Rock 1 d Westlawn Panthers 0
Over 35s Cup - Bellingen Blitz 3 d Woolgoolga Dolphins 2
Over 35s Saucer - Northern Storm Lightning Bolts 2 (4) d Orara Valley Dingoes 2 (2)
Over 35s Plate - Woolgoolga Marlins 3 d Coffs Coast Tigers 1
Coffs Harbour Junior Teams
16 boys - Coffs City United Lions 2 (5) d Woolgoolga Wolf Cubs 2 (4)
16 girls 1 - Bellingen Perrys 3 d Boambee Eagles 1
16 girls 2 - Corindi Red Rock Breakers 3 d Nambucca Heads Strikers 1
15 boys - Coffs City United Lions 4 d Boambee Bombers 1
14 boys - Boambee Bombers 0 (4) d Urunga Raiders 0 (3)
14 girls - Woolgoolga Waves 2 d Coffs Coast Tigers 0
13 boys 1 - Northern Storm Tornadoes 3 d Boambee Bombers 1
13 boys 2 - Sawtell Scorpions 1 (4) d Woolgoolga Dolphins 1 (3)
12 boys 1 - Northern Storm Tornadoes 5 d Boambee Bombers 1
12 boys 2 - Nambucca Heads Strikers 5 d Orara Valley Dingoes 1
12 girls - Bellingen Tristrams 1 d Coffs Coast Tigers 0
11 boys 1 - Woolgoolga Dolphins 4 d Northern Storm Tornadoes 1
11 boys 2 - Sawtell Spirit 2 d Dorrigo Demons 1
Clarence Junior Teams
16 boys - Westlawn Tigers 3 d Iluka Stingrays 0
15 boys - Majos Cougars 1 d Westlawn Tigers 0
14 boys - Westlawn Tigers 1 d Majos Mites 0
13 boys - Yamba Breakers 3 d Lawrence Lazers 0
12 boys - Yamba Breakers 2 d Maclean Hawks 0
11 boys - Westlawn Tigers 4 d Yamba Breakers 02009 NORTH Coast Football Grand Final Winners