Weekend clashes set to excite
The Tursa Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield competitions come to an exciting conclusion this weekend when the finals are contested in each division. The Grade 16 Boys final will be played at Weston Park Goonellabah tomorrow night (Friday) commencing at 6pm. Lismore Thistles meet arch rivals Lismore Workers in a clash that is expected to be close and keenly contested. Thistles will be without Zach Wilson, but coach Paul Parmenter has a strong squad and Workers can expect a tough contest. Lismore Workers have several Junior representative players participating in the Queensland State junior league on Sunday and the final has been scheduled to Weston Park because of FFNC competition regulation (19), which gives priority to representative football.
The Women’s Open A final between Alstonville and Lismore Richmond Rovers will see the powerful Alstonville side trying to settle a score after being defeated by Rovers in a surprise loss in the final last year. Alstonville has four representative players, including Ellie Fryer, who played with the champion Italo Stars side last year. Both teams are young and play exciting football and a big crowd of supporters is expected by the time that the sides take the field at 7.30pm.
The Sunday schedule sees one game conducted at Crozier Field when Bangalow meet Casino in the Open B Women’s final at 1.30pm. Oakes Oval will host three games with the first match being the Open B Men’s final between Pottsville Beach and Goonellabah. The curtain raiser to the main game will kick off between Burringbar and former Premier side Lennox Head. Both sides are competitors in First Division this season and both clubs would like to hold this trophy aloft. Most spectators will be waiting for Byron Bay and Goonellabah to square off in the decider of the Men’s Premier Division final at 5.30pm. Neither side has tasted defeat yet this season and with the first major trophy to be awarded for 2010, it promises to be a thriller.
The event is an alcohol free one, although canteen facilities will ensure that spectators can enjoy good football and good food on the night. Gates open at noon and the cost of entry for persons over 16 years is $6.