Reigning champs Maclean will begin their title defence at Polwarth Drive on Saturday evening.
Reigning champs Maclean will begin their title defence at Polwarth Drive on Saturday evening.

NC Football season to kick off

THE long awaited North Coast Football season is fast approaching, much to the delight of the thousands of registered players, coaches, managers, referees and supporters who will make this season the best yet.

This Saturday will see both the men’s and women’s 1st division competitions kick-off even though it is hard to believe that 30 weeks have passed since 2009 grand final day when the Maclean Bobcats claimed their first NCF men’s championship victory and the unbeaten Urunga Raiders took out the women’s.

Both the men’s and women’s 1st division competition have had a change of personnel in 2010.

Newly promoted Yamba Breakers make their debut in the top flight competition after finishing first past the post and winning the lower division grand final in 2009.

There is no doubting Yamba deserve their place as they have earned it but a gulf separates the 1st division from the rest and Yamba will feel the pressure the most this season.

The Breakers will be aiming to make sure their stay in the top flight is for more than just one season.

South Services Sirens have not nominated for the women’s 1st division this year, leaving the women’s top competition with an even eight teams.

Last year a nine-team competition created a weekly bye but this year there will be a full four matches per week which is something each team will appreciate.

For the men, there will be some adjustments as early as round 2 with Northern NSW announcing the second round of the Solo Cup is to be played on Saturday, May 1, the weekend of the round 2 club competition.

This will create an immediate reschedule but it’s one the clubs won’t mind because it means they are getting plenty of match time, something football fans have been waiting for a long time since the 2009 season finished.

The women have been underdone in their pre-season with many unable to organise pre-season matches and unable to play in the Coffs Tigers Cup weekend which was cancelled in March due to wet weather. The girls will hit the ground running this weekend.

In this World Cup year, an exciting season lays ahead with senior grand finals to be played on September 18.

Let the games begin.

NCF ROUND 1 MATCHES

Men’s 1st Division

Saturday

Orara Valley v Coffs United – 3.00pm

Yamba v Woolgoolga – 3.00pm

Coffs Tigers v Maclean – 5.00pm

Sunday

Northern Storm v Urunga – 2.00pm

Boambee v Sawtell – 2.00pm

Women’s 1st Division

Saturday

Northern Storm v Urunga – 3.00pm

Boambee v Sawtell – 3.00pm

Corindi-Red Rock v Coffs United – 3.00pm

Coffs Tigers v Woolgoolga – 3.00pm



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