Goonellabah keeper Craig Attewell leaps high to take the ball in the State Cup game against Armidale team Norths United in the match played at Coffs Harbour last Saturday. Goonellabah won 6-3 to advance to the second round.
Goonellabah keeper Craig Attewell leaps high to take the ball in the State Cup game against Armidale team Norths United in the match played at Coffs Harbour last Saturday. Goonellabah won 6-3 to advance to the second round.

Pointy end of the pre-season comp

The Tursa Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield competitions are almost at the semi-final stage, with a few matches still to be played due to the rain delays. The premier men’s competition was played in three pools and the winners of each pool and the “best” second placed team will make up the semi-finals.

Byron Bay and Ballina have each finished their games and finished equal on points, goals for and goals against. It may come down to a “draw from a hat”, if we cannot distinguish between how the teams finished. Apart from Thistles, Pottsville Beach and Alstonville, all premier division teams are still in contention for the semi-finals.

The other competitions are also in various states of completion, with the Grade 16 boys confirming that Lismore Thistles and Lismore Workers will meet in the final and after their nil all draw last Friday evening, we can expect these two teams to be fierce opponents this season. Local Premier teams Goonellabah and Byron Bay had impressive victories in the Solo State Cup. Goonellabah defeated Norths United from Armidale and whilst banging in six goals, coach Mark Ambler was very measured in his assessment of how the team performed.

At Byron Bay, the Rams recovered from conceding an early goal and ran all over the strong Port Macquarie side, who have been multiple premiers in the Mid North Coast competition for many years. At Kempsey, South Lismore coach Mick Elliot said he was pleased with his team’s performance, despite going down 2-4 to Pacific Palms, also from the Mid North Coast Football premier division competition.

South Lismore play in our First Division and along with the other two results, provided a good endorsement of the standard of football that exists in Football Far North Coast. Byron Bay and Goonellabah move to the second round of the FA Cup style competition on 28th April.

Nominations for the local senior point score competition have closed and there will be a total of 125 senior teams in 2010, with three more senior men’s teams and two less women’s teams than in 2009, confirming that football is very popular. The senior competition will commence on Friday April 9.


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