Rain interferes with Cup
Just when we thought we were going to cruise through the three preliminary rounds of the Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup, down came the rain. We did get most games played and Alstonville and Goonellabah are confirmed as the winners of their respective pools in men’s premier division. They will meet each other in one semi final, however due to the participation of Goonellabah, Byron Bay and Lismore Workers in the first round of the State Cup this Saturday, the men’s premier semi finals will be deferred until Tuesday, April 12.
With Byron Bay going through Ballina like the proverbial “dose of salts”, they turned a negative goal difference into a positive three and reminded all football followers that they will be a force to reckon with. Up at Pottsville Beach, reigning Anzac Cup holder Goonellabah blasted six goals past the hapless Panthers, who look like being in for a long season. By the time this goes to print, we have hopefully played the Lismore Thistles and Lismore Workers match plus the postponed Casino versus Rovers game. Thistles are expected to progress having won their first two games.
The women’s Open A competition has already determined that Alstonville and Rovers will meet in the final. These sides met in last season’s decider and Villa appear to be even stronger than 2010. Men’s Open A will see Lennox Head and Bangalow square off. Both teams will be part of the men’s First Division competition that has drawn a very disappointing total of five teams this season. The quality of teams is good but a range of issues impacting on men’s First Division in recent years has come to a head this season. Both clubs will be keen to prove themselves to be “top dog” when they meet in the final on Anzac Day.
Some sorting out is still needed in men’s Open B while the women’s B Division will see Bangalow and Ballina again contest a final after showing themselves to be strong in the lower divisions. With this weekend being the last before the start of the pointscore competition on April 1, it is a chance for players to tone those muscles before the long season battle begins. The competition draw is being finalised and will soon be available on the website. All match schedules and results can be found at www.footballfarnorthcoast.com.au.