Raiders continue remarkable win-streak in grand-final
THE Urunga Raiders have capped off an immaculate season with a 3 - 2 grand final victory over the Boambee Eagles on the weekend.
The Raiders were red hot favourites coming into the contest following an undefeated season featuring 14 straight victories, however, the resilient Eagles had other ideas.
The Eagle's plan to thwart Urunga's passing game paid dividends after five minutes when they won the ball in the middle of the park and quickly distributed it to star striker Kylie McDonald - who rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home.
As the crowd sensed a grand final upset, the assured instructions from Urunga coach Trevor Martin echoed through the Urunga team.
"The goal changes nothing, stick to the game plan," he said.
The team stuck to the plan and put on a passing masterclass, starving the Eagles of possession while Belinda Moore (via a penalty), Willow Neal and Kate Fry all scored before half time.
The vocal crowd were treated to a second half contest of end to end football and when Kylie McDonald scored her second for the Eagles, the supporters were on the edge of their seats.
The Boambee goal was bombarded with wave after wave of attacks but the resilience of Alissa Tate kept her team in the game and inspired the Eagles to respond with their own counter attacks.
Giving an insight into his pre-game tactics, Boambee coach Neil Witherdin said he knew they weren't able to match Urunga in a possession based game, instead opting for a game-plan to "better suit our group".
"We started quite well but with Urunga's constant pressure and speed we became overwhelmed and they made us pay with three unanswered goals," Witherdin said.
"In the second half we were able to stay more composed when we were under pressure. This allowed us to create some chances of our own.
"With our goal keeper Allissa Tate having the game of her career and with some desperate defence we kept ourselves in the contest."
The popularity of the Women's game on the Coffs Coast continues to grow and the sportsmanship and spirit from the coaches may explain why.
"In the end Urunga were simply too good as they have been all year. The Boambee girls were brave in defeat and kept trying to win right till the end," Witherdin said.
"No one could ask more than the effort they put in. Congratulations to Urunga on a stellar season, there is a lot of hard work that goes into getting a team to play that well."
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL GRAND FINAL RESULTS
COFFS COAST JUNIORS
16/10/2020 12 Girls Woolgoolga Waves 7 CCUFC Lionesses 0
17/10/2020 14 Girls CCUFC Lionesses 2 Bellingen Bats 0
16/10/2020 16 Girls Boambee Eagles 2 Bellingen Bats 0
16/10/2020 12 Boys 1st Div Woolgoolga Dolphins 1 Sawtell Spirit 2
17/10/2020 12 Boys 2nd Div Scotts Head Sharks 2 Boambee Bombers 1
17/10/2020 13 Boys 1st Div Sawtell Scorpions 2 (2) Coffs Coast Tigers 2 (4)
17/10/2020 13 Boys 2nd Div Orara Valley Dingoes 2 Corindi Breakers 1
17/10/2020 14 Boys Woolgoolga Dolphins 1 (4) Macksville Stingers 1 (5)
17/10/2020 15 Boys Woolgoolga Dolphins 3 Northern Storm Hurricanes 1
16/10/2020 17 Boys Boambee Bombers 3 CCUFC Lions 2
COFFS COAST SENIORS
16/10/2020 Women's Over 30 Boambee Eagles 2 Dorrigo Blackbutts 1
17/10/2020 Women's 3rd Div South Orara Valley Dingoes 2 Urunga Vikings 1
17/10/2020 Women's 2nd Div South Urunga Raiders 3 Boambee Eagles 2
16/10/2020 Men's 3rd Div South Corindi Breakers 1 CCUFC Lions 2
17/10/2020 Men's 2nd Div South Bellingen Bats 2 Woolgoolga Wolves 4
17/10/2020 CPL North Conf. Reserves Coffs City United FC 1 Northern Storm FC 0
17/10/2020 CPL North Conf. First Grade Coffs City United FC 0 Boambee FC 1
17/10/2020 CL 12's Maclean Bobcats 1 South Services Hurricane 2
17/10/2020 CL 13's Yamba Breakers 0 Maclean Bobcats 1
17/10/2020 CL 14's Maclean Bobcats 1 Grafton City Blitz 2
16/10/2020 CL 15's Yamba Breakers 6 Westlawn Jaguars 3
16/10/2020 CL 16's Westlawn Tigers 2 Yamba Breakers 4
17/10/2020 Men's 3rd Div North Westlawn Tigers 8 Maclean Bobcats 2
17/10/2020 Women's 2nd Div North Maclean Green 3 Westlawn Tigers 0
17/10/2020 Men's 2nd Div North Yamba Breakers 1 Westlawn Tigers 7