Storm building at Upper Orara
NORTHERN Storm coach Scott Donaldson expects to beat Orara Valley today but still has a healthy respect for the Dingoes.
"Orara can't be considered among the top sides but it wouldn't be very clever going to Upper Orara and running into problems," he said.
"We are making reasonable progress and there's a lot more still to be done.
"A good effort today will be an important part of the process."
The word out of the Thunder camp is of a team responding to Donaldson's professional approach, who may be among the fittest when play-offs approach.
"In country footy there's only so much fitness work you can do, but I like that we're finishing stronger at the back end of our games," he said.
While reluctant to single out a player for special mention, the coach does admit to confidence in the progress of goalkeeper Marcus Woschidska.
"He's very young, only 16 or so, but has a mature head on his shoulders.
"I want him to get as much experience as possible and keep up the learning process."
Meanwhile, Urunga and Coffs United will make a third attempt to play their Westfield FFA Cup zone final this Wednesday at Coffs Coast Sports and Leisure Park from 7pm.
The winner earns the Leo Baumgartner Memorial Trophy and goes on to play away to Bangalow FC on Saturday, May 14.
Westlawn v Urunga
Sawtell v Boambee
Orara Valley v Northern Storm
Coffs Coast Tigers bye
Coffs United v Maclean
Points: Lions 9, Bombers 6, Raiders 6, Coffs Tigers 6, Scorpions 3, Thunder 3, Bobcats 1, Dingoes 1, Westlawn Tigers 0