Pre-season winners are grinners
The Southern Cross Credit Union Men’s Premier Division point score competition is now the focus of local football after the conclusion of the Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan competitions last Sunday. Congratulations to all teams that made the finals and particularly to the winners.
Lismore Workers defeated Lismore Thistles in Grade 16 boys; Bangalow won a close game against Casino in the Callan McMillan Women’s Open B; Alstonville got the spoils against Rovers in Women’s Open A; Goonellabah were successful against Pottsville Beach in Men’s Open B; Lennox proved too strong for Burringbar in Men’s Open A and in Men’s Premier Division, Goonellabah and Byron Bay were locked up 1 all after extra time, before the Hornets prevailed 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
So with another exciting Anzac Cup competition completed, players can concentrate on the rigours of domestic football as they start to eye off their main competitors in the race for the semi-finals. The Premier Division competition kicks off this week with an 8pm Friday night clash between Alstonville and Ballina at Crawford Park, Alstonville. Ballina had a strong win over Thistles last week and will meet Villa, who are yet to register a point. Pottsville Beach travel to East Lismore to meet 50th birthday club, Lismore Richmond Rovers. After a somewhat indifferent start to 2010, Rovers are expected to vent their frustration on their northern counterparts.
In another East Lismore fixture, Lismore Thistles host Bangalow, who need more games under their belt and definitely some points. Two matches have been scheduled for next Tuesday night because of commitments to both Byron Bay and Goonellabah in the state competition, the Solo Cup. Byron Bay travel back to the scene of their recent victory over Rovers, when they face Italo Stars at Barrow Lane, North Lismore. Byron will be backing up from their Solo Cup clash on Saturday and with injuries sustained in the Anzac Cup final to Ian Lennie and Sam Owen, the Rams will not have an easy task against Rick Austen’s men. In a second Tuesday night clash, Lismore Workers and Goonellabah meet in an early season top-of-the-table clash. Both games are at 8pm and should draw big crowds.