Action in a match between Tigers and Sawtell at Polwarth Dr.
Action in a match between Tigers and Sawtell at Polwarth Dr. Bruce Thomas

Weather threat to weekend games

WITH heavy rain falling this week over the Coffs Coast, North Coast Football teams are preparing for the worst as several

venues for this weekend’s 1st Division fixtures remain closed.

Some teams are facing the prospect of having a second game in a row washed out as the season struggles to commence.

Men’s 1st Division

MACLEAN Bobcats have no assurance they will be able to take to the field in Maclean for the clash with Westlawn Tigers. The Bobcats were halted last week as Ayreshire Park was closed ahead of Boambee’s first home game of the season.

Westlawn had an even more dramatic opener. Their match with Coffs City United Lions being played at Barnier Park, was half an hour from completion before a torrential downpour forced the referee to abandon the match.

Sawtell Scorpions and Orara Valley Dingoes were into their warm-ups when the downpour began last Saturday night. The thunderstorm which struck was so severe, the reserve grade match was abandoned and Toormina Oval closed immediately.

The Scorpions will be at Polwarth Drive this weekend, weather permitting, to face Coffs Tigers who lost at Woolgoolga in their opener.

The Dingoes will face Coffs United at Maclean St.

Urunga Raiders had a nice win over Northern Storm on Sunday afternoon; the only match to go ahead on the day. The Raiders will head over to Boambee tomorrow to face the Bombers who are yet to see action in 2011.

The other Sunday fixture is Northern Storm at home to Woolgoolga.

Both teams have one game under the belt with Woolgoolga recording a comfortable win over Coffs Tigers at Woopi and the Storm losing to Urunga.

The three men’s fixtures to be postponed last weekend are scheduled to be played on the weekend of May 7 and 8 which is also a Solo Cup weekend.

That brings up the possibility of a double-header weekend for four out of the six teams playing that weekend.

Women’s 1st Division

THE only women’s match washed out last weekend was the match between Maclean Bobcats and Northern Storm Twisters which will now be played on May 7. Otherwise, the competition got off to a flying start.

The newly promoted Bobcats, certainly a dominant force in 2nd Division last season, will face their nearest rivals Corindi-Red Rock Breakers at Corindi.

The Breakers showed it will once again be a force this year with a hard-fought 2-all draw with defending champs Coffs United.

There is not a much tougher welcome to the comp than this and it will be a great test of Maclean’s depth.

The Woolgoolga Wildcats, buoyed by its strong display against Urunga Raiders last Saturday, will go to Toormina to face Sawtell Scorpions, a team which has usually caused them problems.

The Scorpions had a tough 1-all draw against Boambee last weekend and always play well on its home patch.

The grand final rematch comes early this year as Urunga welcomes the Lionesses to the Cabbage Patch.

Both teams will be determined to have their first win at this fixture but they usually have a draw. Three points in regular time would be unique.

Northern Storm Twisters hope to have a first hit out against Boambee this weekend.

After a couple of years at Korora, the Storm girls return to York St as their home ground and will find the going hard against last year’s notable improvers.

The Eagles are a young team with plenty of firepower and good defence while the Storm girls have struggled to convert effort into points in recent years.

Perhaps this year they, too, will turn a corner.

WEEKEND MATCHES

Men’s 1st Division

Sat 3.00pm: Maclean v Westlawn

Sat 3.00pm: Coffs United v Orara Valley

Sat 5.00pm: Coffs Tigers v Sawtell

Sun 2.00pm: Boambee v Urunga

Sun 2.00pm: Northern Storm v Woolgoolga

Women’s 1st Division

Sat 3.00pm: Corindi v Maclean

Sat 3.00pm: Sawtell v Woolgoolga

Sat 3.00pm: Urunga v

Coffs United

Sat 3.00pm: Northern Storm v Boambee



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