Northern Storm captain Nathan Skinner keeps Woolgoolga’s Alex Davey at bay.
Northern Storm captain Nathan Skinner keeps Woolgoolga’s Alex Davey at bay. Terry Allen

Mixed bag of results for the Storm

THE closure of most of the grounds on the Coffs Coast caused the postponement of nearly every soccer match on the weekend.

Two top-flight matches managed to go ahead, one for the men and one for the women, and both featured Northern Storm.

Storm finished the weekend with mixed results.

The men were outstanding, while the women showed that there is still a lot of improvement required if they are going to challenge for a top-four berth this year.

MEN

THUNDER 2 WOLVES 1

A WIN in the Solo Cup over Taree as well as a win on Sunday over Woolgoolga has been punctuated by a disappointing loss to Urunga in the season opener.

Does this point to the Northern Storm being inconsistent?

According to Thunder coach Jade Porter the answer is not at all.

“I’m putting the loss down as a one-off,” Porter said.

The coach was thrilled with the 2-1 victory over the Wolves on Sunday but he said the results at the start of the year were down mainly to the group’s attitude .

“Everyone was fairly gutted when we walked off against Urunga and the boys were much more switched on this week,” he said.

“We got back to basics and played good soccer like we did when we won against Taree in the Solo Cup.”

The Storm was on the board first when the strong-running Brendam Myres, who was missing from the loss at Urunga, put the Thunder into the lead.

The Korora crew was thrilled to take an even bigger lead into the break when Mykel Watson scored in the 35th minute.

Aftre the break Michael Houbert pulled one back for Woolgoolga with a breakaway goal but Porter said he felt his team was always in control of the contest.

“I thought we were stronger in the second half than the first, to be honest, and I thought it could’ve been five or six goals to one in the end,” he said.

“We played more over them late than we did earlier in the match.

“If Woolgoolga scored again to get a draw that wouldn’t have been right as I thought we were a much better team than sharing the points.”

The Storm will be hoping to lose any thoughts it is inconsistent with a strong showing on Saturday night against Sawtell.

WOMEN

EAGLES 11 TWISTERS 0

BOAMBEE was the big improver in women’s 1st division last year and Saturday’s result proves the Eagles will again be a team to be reckoned with.

The Eagles scored 11 times against the Twisters with chains of passing between the midfield and forwards a feature.

The combination of Georgie Gentle and Keira Plumbe enjoyed the fruits of Boambee’s good work scoring four and three goals respectively.

The dependable Kylie McDonald again found herself on the score- sheet along with Claire Freeman, Stevie Wickins and Sheridan Watkins. Northern Storm may be able to bounce back this weekend when it travels to Toormina Oval to face Sawtell.

A hint of how good Boambee will be this year may be found on Saturday when the Eagles play host to Corindi-Red Rock which started its season with an encouraging draw against reigning premier Coffs United.

UPCOMING MATCHES

Men’s 1st Division

Sat 3pm: Coffs United v Coffs Coast Tigers

Sat 3pm: Orara Valley Dingoes v Maclean

Sat 5pm: Westlawn Tigers v Boambee

Sat 7pm: Sawtell v Northern Storm

Sun 2pm: Urunga Raiders v Woolgoolga

Women’s 1st Division

Sat 3pm: Boambee v Corindi-Red Rock

Sat 3pm: Maclean v Urunga

Sat 3pm: Coffs United v Woolgoolga

Sat 3pm: Sawtell v Northern Storm



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