It's the final countdown

Lismore Richmond Rovers and Goonellabah Hornets have pushed all other challengers aside and will line up this Saturday evening in a much anticipated grand final in the Football Far North Coast men's Premier Division.

This was a very competitive season and, while acknowledgment is extended to the other teams who made the semi-finals, as well as those that were just short on points, the 2009 grand final finds teams one and two left standing.

History beckons Rovers who, apart from aiming for a third straight title, have the opportunity to put a very important trophy on display when the club celebrates its 50th season next year.

Players are also acutely aware of how this win would emulate what club founder Bill Harris did as captain coach of Stars-Goonellabah just over 50 years ago in taking his side to a treble of major titles.

Goonellabah will also be intent on winning and coincidentally, the club is celebrating its 40th season.

The display of talent in both squads is a coach's delight and the Hornets' Brendan Logan and Rovers' Scott Coster are both young coaches with an ability to motivate their players and to recognise weakness in opposition games.

Finding the chink in the opposition's armour is part of a coaching strategy, but being able to control what you can is more critical.

The standard of play is expected to be high, with the game likely to be played at a frenetic pace.

Spectators should be treated to a brilliant game, capping off a most interesting season. Gates open at 8.30am, with an entry fee of $5 for people 16 years and older applying from 11.30am. Patrons are reminded that there will be no alcohol sold nor permitted for consumption at the venue. Good luck to both teams.

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