Crunch time for finalists

Week two of the Premier Division Men's and Women's semi-finals will be played this weekend with the two women's semi finals being played on Friday night.

Pointscore winners Italo Stars meet their arch rivals Bangalow at Barrow Lane, North Lismore at 7.30pm.

The two Northern Rivers Echo Golden Boot winners, Martene Wallace from Stars and Hollie Jarrett from Bangalow, are clearly the key players for these evenly matched sides.

Stars have talent across the park and will go into this game as favourites.

The other semi-final sees Richmond Rovers host Alstonville at Neilson Park, East Lismore. The game kicks off at 7.45pm Friday night and the loser can put the boots away until next season.

The men's premier major semi-finalists pits pointscore winners Richmond Rovers against Goonellabah, who bounced back to form by disposing of Byron Bay 2-0 last week. With a grand final berth up for grabs, this game should attract a big crowd at Neilson Park by the time the whistle blows at 3.30pm.

Rovers have a powerful side and experienced players in most positions, as well as a strong reserves bench. With strikers Ben Casagrande and Troy Matthews, coach Scott Coster has two potential match winners and with the ever reliable Andrew Marshall in goals and the same nucleus of players who have won the past two grand finals, it is hard to see anything but a Rovers victory.

The elimination semi-final sees Italo Stars travel to Byron Bay and another square-off between Golden Boot winners will match Stars Max Latimer against Jordy Campbell. Stars showed last week that they have the talent, strength and experience to win this competition and with the much heralded Byron Bay staring at a fourth straight loss and an exit for 2009.


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