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1st Div Men Results/Reports Round 7

Maclean Bobcats 2 Sawtell Scorpions 1

The Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats survived a send-off and the early loss of their captain to claim a gutsy 2-1 win over the Sawtell Scorpions on Saturday. Sawtell came to play and can count themselves unlucky not to get something from the game, but Maclean will happily take their three points despite still not quite finding their A game.

The first half was a real arm-wrestle, with both midfields throwing themselves into challenges. Maclean were having some joy down the flanks, with their left and right fullbacks finding room to move forward to join in with the attack. A quick exchange of passes down the left-hand side led to Lance Knibb swiping an early cross into the box. The cross was met by a charging Kevin Crofton, who headed firmly into the corner to give Maclean the lead.

In a body blow to the Bobcats, Crofton would soon depart the field with a knee injury. However, the Bobcats pushed on and were rewarded 10 minutes before half-time. An inch-perfect cross from Jarred Doyle on the right was met by an oncoming Brodon Hirst, who touched inside his marker to apply a low finish and give the Bobcats a 2 goal cushion.

The second half was frantic after the Bobcats were reduced to 10 men following 2 yellow cards to Tom Whalan. Sawtell then were awarded a penalty to get to within touching distance, but Maclean fought doggedly to hold on, claiming all 3 points.

- Report by Brodon Hirst

Northern Storm Thunder 3 Westlawn Tigers 0

It was a successful day out for Northern Storm Football Club as the Thunder took all 6 points in Sunday afternoon's senior games against Westlawn Tigers. Kick-off was delayed by an hour and the venue relocated from 'The Cove' to the club's training ground of York Street due to a mix-up but once the matches were underway it was mainly one way traffic. The relocation meant that Storm will have gone through 8 rounds of the season having played only one game at their home ground.

Storm's Under 21 side ran out 3-1 winners in a scrappy encounter where they rarely converted their dominance into goals. The goals came courtesy of a cool finish from left winger Daniel Harris, a composed low strike from Lachlan Binet and a close range header from Billy Irvine. Storm's goalkeeper Jackson Lloyd was rarely tested due to a strong defensive performance, while late cameos from Peter Malith and Kapaw Too provided Storm with an extra attacking spark. Standout performances came from the experienced pair of Sal Kitila and Kiren Clerk in central midfield who calmed things down to ensure Storm took the points, and Dictor Dangrin and Tim Klingbiel in defence, both of whom played the full 90 minutes and defended resolutely.

First grade was a somewhat spiteful encounter punctuated by a first goal in many years for centre back and Storm captain Nathan Skinner, a thunderous strike from Jamie Kennedy which rattled the woodwork before almost piercing the back of the net, and a quality header from Jason Hart late in the game ensuring that the Thunder would end the afternoon with a 3-0 win. As was the case for the Under 21s, Storm dominated proceedings from the outset but didn't make their pressure count on the scoreboard as much as they should have. Brendon Myers, returning from suspension, went close on a number of occasions, as did strike partner Tristan Albert and livewire midfielder Paul Malith, while Matt Latham worked hard in midfield contesting for possession. Mykel Watson turned in a typically reliable defensive performance and Adrian Keegan made some excellent saves on the few occasions he was called upon. The players later gathered for dinner and drinks at the club's major sponsor, The Plantation Hotel.

Storm move to 3rd place in 1st Division and 6th place in Under 21s after their respective wins, and despite the disadvantage of their opposition having games in hand, they will look to maintain their winning ways in next week's Dairyville Road encounters against Orara Valley Dingoes at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday.

- Report by Northern Storm Football Club

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Northern Storm Thunder v Westlawn Tigers - Photo by Tim Klingbiel

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Northern Storm Thunder v Westlawn Tigers - Photo by Tim Klingbiel

Urunga Raiders 2 Coffs City Utd Lions 2

Round 7 of the North Coast Football Competition saw the match of the round played out last weekend at the Cabbage Patch as the remaining two unbeaten teams in the competition went head-to-head.

It was the Raiders family fun day under brilliant azure skies and light south westerly breeze and the crowd of the season there to witness an enthralling match. The Lions have swept all before them thus far averaging 4.9 goals per game and conceding bugger all, it is always the game of the normal season and the opening exchanges proved this would be no different as the sides powered into the first half.

The Raiders opened several half chances early with Jordan Paix trying to set up a rejuvenated Josh McGovern and though shots were on target the Lions' 'keeper Josh Wiseman was always in good position. The match really ignited on 17 minutes after the Raiders were awarded 1 of 2 penalties in the space of a minute.

The first awarded after Paix was fouled inside the Lions penalty area. Ben Dooley's shot from the spot was heroically stopped by Wiseman who could only parry the shot for Josh McGovern to gather but before he could release the next shot a Coffs defender almost pulled his pants down (Josh's that is), centre referee Dave Thorn issued penalty number 2 which McGovern slapped in to give the Raiders the lead.

Ok this is what the fans wanted, sunny day, Raiders early lead. The Lions though gathered again and were able to equalize after a corner deflected off Tom Frewen into the net and the half finished at a goal a piece.

The second half produced some big efforts from both sides, Anthony 'flipper' Wiseman a constant threat and also Takashi Oura, a nibble customer indeed - it was Oura that had the Lions in the lead briefly after he found himself in space inside the Raiders penalty area, he turned neatly and slotted the ball in the top corner. Great piece of skill from an up and coming player.

The Raiders though were beginning to exert more pressure on the Lions and from a free kick drew level after McGovern nipped inbetween Wiseman and the ball, skilfully nodding past Wiseman and into the Lions net. It was a well timed run from Macca who is renowned for being more than a little toey - anyhow the Raiders were back, with 25 to go and the Lions tiring.

But even though most of the play involved Wiseman, the Raiders could not bang in the winner - Jordan Paix, Tom Frewen, Mitch Tutt all going close. It finished at 2 apiece and both sides proceed with their respective unbeaten runs, but no doubt in the quieter moment, both coaches will ponder those missed chances (one will anyway).

In other results the Under 21's game had the Raiders 3-1 winners and coach Brad 'pecker' Wooderson happy with his team’s performance. Next weekend sees the Raiders are at Polworth Drive to take on the Coffs Coast Tigers - kickoff is at 5pm Saturday, hope to see you there.

- Report by Tom Campbell

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Urunga Raiders v Coffs City Utd Lions

Woolgoolga Wolves 2 Boambee Bombers 4

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Matt Sibald gets his shot away for Boambee against Woolgoolga on Saturday - Photo by Terry Allen

Coffs Coast Tigers 1 Orara Valley Dingoes 4

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Senior Women Results/Reports Round 7

Boambee Eagles 6 Maclean Bobcats 1

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Boambee's Keira Plumbe can testify to a tough match against Maclean Bobcats on Saturday
- Photo by Terry Allen

Corindi Breakers 4 Woolgoolga Wildcats 6

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Corindi Breakers v Woolgoolga Wildcats - Photo by Terry Allen

Sawtell Scorpions 0 Urunga Raiders 3

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Sawtell Scorpions v Urunga Raiders - Photo by Terry Allen

Northern Storm Twisters 0 Coffs City Utd Lionesses 16

Sunday (Catch-up Rd4)
Boambee Eagles 1 Urunga Raiders 0

3rd Division
Woolgoolga Cougars 0 Souths Gunners Sirens 1

Souths Gunners Sirens women's football team returned to the winners circle with a gutsy 1-0 win over the Woolgoolga Cougars on Saturday at Woolgoolga. With several members of the squad suffering from the flu and others playing with injuries it was as much a test of determination as anything else.

Once again the Sirens were slow to get started, turning the ball over through a series of misplaced passes, fortunately they eventually switched on and began to enjoy the majority of possession.

Having won the toss and electing to run with a handy breeze at their back the Sirens couldn't convert their advantage, even though the Cougars were on the back foot and conceding corner after corner the half time break saw the two sides still locked at nil all.

With the Sirens now having to play into the breeze there was always the chance the run of play would be to Woolgoolga's advantage, however it was still the Grafton girls dictating terms. Continuously catching their opponents flat back four out but not able to finish them off.

It was in the 61st minute that the killer blow was finally delivered when Lisa Linnertson launched a rocket from 20 yards that the Cougars keeper couldn't hold and Kelsey Pitkin who chased the shot in was rewarded for her efforts and slotted the ball home for the winner.

Captain Mel Bender was outstanding at sweeper, Kieran shanley, who has had to play just about every role so far this year stepped into the stopper position for the first time and looked at home. Skye Sear had a blinder in goals, pouncing on anything that came her way and her distribution from the box was the catalyst for many of the Sirens attacking raids.

- Report by Brett Collison

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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1st Div Men Results/Reports Round 6

Orara Valley Dingoes 1 Urunga Raiders 2

The Orara Valley Dingoes were coming off a surprising 4-1 loss last round at home to a rejuvenated Grafton Westlawn side, while the Raiders played a tense 0-0 draw v Sawtell at the Cabbage Patch. As the competition stabilizes and with points harder to come by than an honest politician what would unfold today at the picturesque Dairyville ground?

The Raiders were sans captain Grant 'red bags' Homes and Harry Gale while the Dingoes had their own suspension demons. The affable Dave Thorn was the man in black and to a large degree let the match run its course.

Early forays by both sides kept the well fuelled crowd by the barbeque entertained.

The Raiders were presented with the first opportunity after Jordan Paix (who was replacing captain 'red bags') pouncing on a spilt ball to release an audacious volley that whistled over the crossbar leaving Xavier Taylor resplendent in pink jersey a bystander.

The reply from Dingoes was equally swift with the wily canis lupis Ben Gentle sniffing at the rear of the Raiders defence latching onto a well weighted ball from Joel Findlayson, Gentle who had scored the Dingoes only goal last start took off straight for goal but could not control his shot and left Raffiki Brennan, the Raider's keeper with little more to do than fetch the ball.

With both sides whipping the ball around the Raiders best chance of the half came on 32 minutes when Josh McGovern's long throwin found Tom Frewen in perfect position to fire in a shot from close range that cannoned off the post to leave the sides scoreless after an entertaining 45 minutes.

The second half produced a more measured affair and goals with the Raiders rewarded on 7 minutes into the half.

Good lead up play from Frankie La Spada found Big Rob Marshall on the left flank, Marshall flicked the ball to Tom Frewen who took off up the line faster than Pauline Hanson after an uncounted vote. Frewen dodged 1 defender and headed across the top of the box firing in a shot that deflected past the now stranded Xavier Taylor.

It was only a short lived sigh of relief from the Raiders though who were their own worst enemy after an amazing sequence of events that only minutes later saw them concede their first goal of the season. An innocuous back pass from the 'blond Beiber' Adam Marks saw Brennan with plenty of time to appraise his options before miss-kicking the ball, I'm talking total air swing here you know 1 stroke in golf stuff, Brennan just had enough time to turn and witness from close range the first goal scored against Urunga this season.

Well the Dingoes loved it, the barbeque erupted and the blood slowly drained from Raider's coach Campbell's face. The final 20 minutes saw new life breathed into the entire Orara pack. The Raiders though were up to the challenge inspired by tireless performances from Ben Dooley, Arlen Horton and Jordan Paix they were setting up more than a few chances. A corner that the Dingoes failed to deal saw Frank La Spada control a lose ball and whack in what proved to be the winner.

In other results the U21's had a 2-1 win over Orara to keep their season well on track. Sarah Marsden, Sam Jarrett and Bradd Danzey outstanding in that game.

This weekend sees the Raiders at home to the Coffs Lions. If you only see 1 game this year make it this one its also the Raiders Family Fun day with jumping castle, face painting and half-time entertainment - kick offs at 12 and 2, see you there.

- Report by Tom Campbell, Urunga Raiders

2nd Report...

Orara Valley Dingoes vs. Urunga Raiders Premier League on Saturday afternoon was a game full of excitement.

Most would expect a fiery encounter between the two clubs, however good discipline was shown by both sides.
As a result, the crowd were entertained with some classy soccer.

The game started out fast and was largely played in the middle of the park, with both sides having few chances before half time.

Early in the second half, a normally routine save by the Orara keeper was allowed to slip through. Ten minutes later, to the crowd's surprise Orara was gifted a goal with the same thing happening at the other end.

It was a hard fought battle but Urunga proved too strong and managed to keep a perfect record this year, winning the game 2-1.

Boambee Bombers 4 Northern Storm Thunder 1

Ayrshire park saw a determined Northern storm team who were having their best start to a season for a number of years taking on a Boambee side that were recording some solid performances without winning any games.

The game started in front of an unusually large crowd for this fixture with both teams intent on capitalising on any scoring opportunity, in the 7th minute Boambee's Josh Hagenaar cracked a superb volley that started the scoring and filled the youthful Boambee side with confidence.

The score was soon 1-1 after the Storm's Jason Hart wove his way through the middle of Boambee's defence passing to the striker to score. Two headed goals by inspirational Boambee defender Trent Backhouse saw the score at 3-1 at ½ time with both sides hitting the post and missing some opportunities along the way.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Boambee Bombers v Northern Storm Thunder - Photo by Tim Klingbiel

Another header by Wade Parker saw Boambee skip out to a 4-1 lead and despite Storm's best efforts Boambee held on to record a well deserved 4-1 victory.

With Boambee welcoming back a number of senior players next week from suspension and injury the improvements should continue.

Best for Boambee were Wade Parker, Trent Backhouse and Jacob Hughes (making his 1st grade debut). Best for the Storm was Jason Hart.

- Report by John Newell, Boambee Bombers

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Boambee Bombers v Northern Storm Thunder - Photo by Tim Klingbiel

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Boambee Bombers v Northern Storm Thunder - Photo by Tim Klingbiel

Woolgoolga Wolves 2 Maclean Bobcats 2

It was good to welcome the boys from Maclean to High St again. Balmy with a light north east breeze instead of the stiff cold southerly usual at High St made conditions for players and supporters good. This proved the catalyst for a hard fought game that ended in a two all draw.

The first ten minutes of the game had both sides feeling each other out with the promise of something to come. This happened for the Wolves with a beautiful pass from Mark Coster to Navrin Deane who slotted the ball in past the keeper.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Toe to toe. Woolgoolga's Navrin Deane and Maclean's Garry Carmichael do battle at Woopi on Saturday - Photo by Terry Allen

The Bobcats accelerated their efforts and were rewarded with a cracking goal from just outside the Wolves area. The battle was on with hard mid field play and forays at goals each side of the field. The Wolves proved successful in one of their attacks with Navrin Deane again bulging the nets. The Bobcats were unlucky with a scramble for the ball on Woopi’s goal mouth, Stan Russ kicking the ball out of danger on the line. Two - one at half time.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Woolgoolga's James Palmer tries to get the ball away before Maclean's Aaron Bylos can block it
- Photo by Terry Allen

The second half had an urgent feel with both sides going hard until the Bobcats five minutes in, making the score two all. The battle was on. The crowd on the side line were entertained by hard football.

Most entertaining of all was the efforts of Wolves goal keeper Alex Byrne. The Bobcats desperate to score were denied by Alex with excellent, exciting goal keeping. The draw was the result credit to both sides for a entertaining match.

Youth Reserve: Another great game to watch with the Wolves being dominant 3 goals to 1. Highlight for Woopi was the side line move by Benny Hill who looked like he took on half the opposition to end up passing the ball to Anthony Baston to slot it away. Lester Murray had a strong game as all the Woopi boys. The Bobcats always a hard team to play unfortunately found a wolf pack out for a kill.

- Report by Robert Watkin

Westlawn Tigers 2 Coffs Coast Tigers 3

Sawtell Scorpions 1 Coffs City United Lions 3

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Senior Women Results/Reports Round 6

Woolgoolga Wildcats 12 Northern Storm Twisters 0

High street played host to another day of great conditions for football against a very young but keen Northern Storm team. Woolgoolga has had an impressive start to the season and were deserved favourites.

To their credit Storm started strong & were throwing everything they had at the Wildcats and making it hard for the girls to find form. It took time for the Wildcats to put a score on the board with Storms defence consistently defying the Wildcats scoring chances.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Woolgoolga's Ashli Deane gets her cross in before Northern Storm's Amanda Riley can block it
- Photo by Terry Allen

Finally, after 15 minutes the Wildcats found the net, but with the girls playing scrappy passes and wasting scoring opportunity's with long shots it was not an easy goal. The first half continued with much the same and the 6-0 half time result was not reflective of the game being played.

In the second half the Wildcats (after a refocusing talk) came out a much better side with better ball control, quality passes and a tiring Storm team (many of whom had already played 2nd Division) the score line was set to blow out and it is to the Storms credit that they denied the Wildcats more goals with solid defence and an overworked goal keeper.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: The Wildcats' Jasmin Courtenay on the ball against Northern Storm on Saturday
- Photo by Terry Allen

The final score finished 12-0. Mariel showed her fantastic moves with some incredible crosses as did Keely on the opposite side. Ashli dominated in the mid field with quality passes, penetrating runs into the box and a hat trick of goals. The Wildcats defence had little to do and efficiently shut down any Storm opportunity and the keeper did not see the ball.

Woolgoolga continued to show the strength of of their club introducing young talent with the likes of Emma Wright, Jenny Taffs and Anika Morgan all playing well after coming off the bench and gaining more valuable 1st Division experience.

- Report by Gary Tobin

Coffs City United Lionesses 3 Boambee Eagles 1

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Coffs United's Georgia Burt and Boambee's Keria Plumbe were never far away from each other during Saturday's clash at Maclean St - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Coffs United's Chloe Wighton and Boambee's Zoe Shreiweis contest the ball in the air at Maclean St on Saturday afternoon - Photo by Terry Allen

Maclean Bobcats 1 Sawtell Scorpions 1

Urunga Raiders 3 Corindi Breakers 2

Urunga Raiders 3 Coffs City United Lionesses 1

Urunga dominated the first half which was reflected in the 3 - 0 half time score.

Coffs were more competitive in the second half and managed a late goal for the game to end 3 - 1.

Stand out players for Coffs were Amanda Pithers, Nikki Rayner and Rachel McVicar.

- Report by Warren Burt, Coffs City United Lionesses

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Amanda Pithers and Rachel McVicar from CCU sandwich Jess Snow from Urunga
- Photo by Warren Burt

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Georgia Burt and Maggie Mills - Photo by Warren Burt

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Nikki Rayner, Coffs - Photo by Warren Burt

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Urunga score 1st goal - Photo by Warren Burt

3rd Division
Souths Gunners Sirens 0 Orara Valley Dingoes 2

Souths Gunners Sirens suffered their first loss of the season to the Orara Dingos on Saturday at Rushforth Park. Having won all four of their previous matches this season the Sirens were hoping to continue their winning streak.

Orara however had other ideas and it was pretty evident from start that the Sirens were in for a long afternoon of football. The Dingoes speed on and off the ball was a telling factor and their player movement caused huge headaches for the Sirens who struggled to come to grips with the pace of the game.

For a brief period at the middle of the first half the Sirens did manage to get a bit of possession but just as they were making progress Orara produced a shot that having beaten the keeper struck the post and bounced into the goal.

The second half followed similar lines with the younger, faster Orara side controlling play, rarely giving the Sirens a look in. Their second goal was a result of an inch perfect pass in behind the backline that was met at pace and dispatched clinically into the back of the net.

The score line probably flattered the local side and if not for some desperate scrambling defence could have blown out by games end. So bit of a wakeup call for the Sirens, definitely gives them some pause for thought as to what they need to do to step up for their next meeting with the Dingos at Orara in the next round.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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1st Div Men Results/Reports Round 5

Maclean Bobcats 2 Northern Storm Thunder 0

The Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats got their 2011 North Coast Football season back on track on Saturday with a thoroughly deserved 2-0 victory over the Northern Storm at Barry Watts Oval.

Brilliant sunshine greeted the two sides, and both began nervously. The first half was a real arm wrestle with both the Storm and the Bobcats playing an attractive style of pass-and-move football. The Storm were well marshalled to mostly long range efforts by the Maclean backline whilst the Bobcats looked menacing on the counter attack, missing a number of gilt-edged chances. As the half-time whistle blew both teams had reason to believe they could go on to win the game.

The second half began with calls from both benches to seize the initiative and look for the opening goal. It became clear as the half grew on that Maclean were beginning to win the arm wrestle as experienced trio Kevin Crofton, Aaron Bylos and Gary Carmichael began finding more space to operate in.

A slick passing move down the Bobcat's right-hand side involving 5 players lead to Jarred Doyle streaking on to a through ball. His early cross was met by Brodon Hirst who slid in to apply the finish as Maclean took a deserved 1-0 lead.

The Storm still threatened from set pieces, but the introduction of the lively Luke Pappalinas saw a second goal come courtesy of a deflection as the Bobcats held on for a morale boosting win.

In youth grade, a gutsy 10-man Maclean side were victorious 5-3 thanks to 2 sizzling goals from striker Dominic Haupt.

- Report by Brodon Hirst

Coffs City United Lions 5 Woolgoolga Wolves 0

Coffs City United Lions made it three wins from as many matches after trouncing Woolgoolga Wolves five goals to nil in round five of the North Coast Football Premiership.

From the whistle both midfields got stuck in to an intense battle for possession with crunching tackles eventually resulting in United's Scott Goddard being brought down in the box. On his return from injury Ben Mackay calmly slotted home from the penalty spot for his first of the game.

From there the game intensified as the Wolves pounced on any mistake from the Lions and dominating for long periods of the first half.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: 1st Div Men: Otis Barney, now in the red and black of Coffs City United, helped himself to a goal and caused plenty of trouble for Woolgoolga Wolves at Maclean St on Saturday - Photo by Terry Allen

There was little reward for the visitors as United's custodian Josh Wiseman snuffed out any goal scoring attempts while midfielders Mike Swarbrick, Scott Goddard and Anthony Wiseman worked tirelessly to prevent Woopi capitalising on a seemingly flat performance from the reigning premiers.

Ten minutes from the break Mackay took it upon himself to lift the Lions, drifting back into the midfield winning the ball then delivering it forward and regaining possession to score his second.

In the second half the Lions took to the Wolves who went on the defensive putting all bodies behind the ball trying to limit any further damage to the score line. This tactic frustrated Coffs coach Danny Milliken but when Otis Barney scored after a goal box scrimmage the Lions grew in confidence. An individual effort from Goddard made the difference four and sealed the match.

With less than a minute on the clock the premiers made one last break into Wolves' territory only to see Mackay needlessly hacked down in the area resulting in a penalty, a red card for the defender while Mackay had to be carried off the field sustaining a badly injured knee. Nathan Silvy finished off the scoring slamming his penalty shot into the roof of the net for the Lions fifth.

Coffs United move on with three games scheduled in the next two weeks to catch up on washed out matches.

- Report by Noel Goodworth

Urunga Raiders 0 Sawtell Scorpions 0

The Raiders played the Sawtell Scorpions last weekend in round 5 of the North Coast Football Competition. The Scorpions have had a slow start to the season winless, bottom of the table and coached by the legendary Leo Baumgartner, what could they offer on the svelte surfaces of the Cabbage Patch.

Well quite a bit actually as the opening exchanges indicated they weren't there for a game and a few frosties at the OVH later - nope, they were there for points it was clear from the start.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Urunga's Sam Jarret - Photo supplied by Tom Campbell

The Raiders though had the first clear cut chance, Josh McGovern early snap shot from 21m pulled out a top shelf save from Sawtell's man of the match Jake Reinhard. It was close and also very acrobatic but no goal. The Scorpions reply was to whip the ball up the other end of the park for Sam Sawtell to fire just wide of the far post.

Neither side would give an inch (sorry 2.54cm) in this contest but the Raiders perhaps were creating the better scoring opportunities with Grant Homes almost adding to his season tally after Reinhard fumbled a well struck Ben Dooley free kick, Homes was on the spot like the true red headed scrapper he is but could not get the ball across the line.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Urunga's Kale Teece - Photo supplied by Tom Campbell

The second half began just a fiercely with no change for either side - it would be a cliff hanger today, I mean any point of you were in green and white at this stage of the season was gold. The Raiders through the half were asking most of the questions.

Mitch Tutt strong on the right side linking well with Harry Gale to set up a number of chances, Arlen Horton and Ben Dooley working well together but the Scorpions defence led by Grant Martin held firm. In the end neither side could unlock the other and a draw the result.

On any other day the result might have been boring but if you were there under brilliant blue skies and soft winter sunshine there was no other place to be.

In other results the U/21's racked up another 3 points when they won 2-1 over Sawtell. Goals to the Butter Bean and Sam Jarret enough to take the points in a hard fought game. Coach Wooderson was impressed by his lad's performance sans the Dougie Danzey for most of the game.

Next weekend sees the Raiders playing Orara at Dairyville on Saturday kickoffs at 1pm and 3pm, if you haven't been there before it might be a good time to buy a sat-nav.

- Report by Tom Campbell

Coffs Coast Tigers 3 Boambee Bombers 2

click on photo to enlarge Photo: 1st Div Men: Jacob Vidler's shot is stopped by a desperate Wade Parker as Boambee Bombers visited Polwarth Drive on Saturday evening to face Coffs Coast Tigers - Photo by Terry Allen

Orara Valley Dingoes 1 Westlawn Tigers 4

The Orara Valley Dingoes played Westlawn Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Dairyville. With the Dingoes normally hard to beat at home, they stuck with tradition and dominated the opening 15min.

Ben Gentle put one past the Tigers keeper after a great build up from the Dingoes midfield. Early on, it looked like the Tigers were in for a long afternoon, this soon changed. The Tigers midfield took control of the game mid way through the first half and 2 goals were their reward before half time.

The Dingoes came out from the break with intensity, searching for an equaliser but could not control the game with a confident Tigers building momentum. The Tigers continued to control the game and despite some good passages of play from the Dingoes down each side, they struggled to see their opening form.

The Tigers scored another 2 unanswered goals and look to have the team to make a big entry to 1st division this year. The Dingoes, having conceded 12 goals in 2 games, will have to tighten up their defence before taking on Urunga Raiders next week.

Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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Senior Women Results/Reports Round 5

Boambee Eagles 0 Woolgoolga Wildcats 4

click on photo to enlarge Photo: 1st Div Women: Boambee's Kylie MacDonald got through plenty of work but found the going tough at Ayreshire Park against Woolgoolga on Saturday - Photo by Terry Allen

Sawtell Scorpions 0 Corindi Breakers 5

click on photo to enlarge Photo: 1st Div Women: Corindi Breakers applied plenty of pressure to Sawtell Scorpions at Toormina on Saturday - Photo by Terry Allen

Northern Storm Twisters 0 Urunga Raiders 8

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Photo: 1st Div Women: Action from York St as Northern Storm hosted Urunga Raiders
- Photo by Terry Allen

Maclean Bobcats 2 Coffs City United Lionesses 6

3rd Division
Dorrigo Cedars 0 Souths Gunners Sirens 1

Souths Gunners Sirens women's football team made the trek up to the mountains on Saturday to take on the Dorrigo Cedars. The Cedars were last year's competition heavyweights and were sure to provide a stern test for this year's current leaders.

One car load of players did get lost along the way but thankfully there is two turn offs to Dorrigo and they didn't miss the second one (great work Tamara). Dorrigo laid on a beautiful autumn's day with a slight and cool southerly breeze which suited the players more than the spectators.

The Sirens started well and had several early forays into their opposition's goal area but couldn't convert the opportunities that they had created, Keanah Scholes speed and movement down the right side was causing the Cedars plenty of headaches.

As the half went on Dorrigo started to gain a foothold and began to muscle their way into the game. Striker Lisa Linnertson had to withstand many heavy challenges that could be described as clumsy at best, one such challenge causing her shoulder to 'pop out' and forcing her from the field.

The game was well and truly in the balance at the halfway point, both teams had their chances but neither had managed to capitalise. The Sirens had hit the side netting a couple of times and Dorrigo had a great volley chance from a corner that went straight to the keeper. The half time chat centred on the need to step up in the physical nature of the game.

Having re-aligned her shoulder Linnertson returned to the field, and on the 60th minute scored the winner for the Sirens, zigzagging through several defenders she slotted the ball nicely into the corner of the goal. The Sirens had another two great chances but some fantastic reactions from the Cedars keeper who somehow managed to prevent either from going in. Dorrigo responded by lifting their intensity in search of an equaliser but could not break down the Sirens staunch defence.

A test was expected and it was certainly delivered, Kelsey Pitken played beyond her young age and was in the thick of it at stopper, Sarah Gray and Cait Browning got through a mountain of hard work in centre of midfield, Keiran Shanley and Judy Andrews were excellent either side of the backline and Keeper Skye Sear had a strong game.

- Report by Brett Collison

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1st Div Men Results/Reports

Boambee Bombers 1 Maclean Bobcats 1

Ayrshire Park was the venue for a match anticipated catch up match between competition heavy weights MacLean FC and a youthful Boambee side.

As expected the game was hard fought but played in great spirit with both sides creating a number of chances that kept the large crowd enthralled and both sets of players engaged in the contest until the final whistle. Credit to the referee who allowed the contest to flow whilst keeping things under control,

Maclean struck first in the 64th minute with a well taken goal being slotted past the despairing Boambee keeper 'Stitty'. To their credit and with an eye to the future the young Bombers never gave up and when midfielder Billy Keen hammered home for the Bombers in the 81st minute it became frantic at either end as both sides searched for the winner. 1-1 was a fair result with both sides showing they will be no push overs this season

Best for the Bombers was defender Cameron Want who played out of his skin saving numerous goals whilst rallying the defence along with stopper Trent Backhouse.

Maclean will again feature amongst the top teams this year whilst the Bombers young team will only get better as experience and the return of three senior plays from injury and suspension strengthens its playing ranks.

- Report by John Newell

Westlawn Tigers 0 Urunga Raiders 3

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Senior Women Results/Reports

Coffs Utd Lionesses 4 Woolgoolga Wildcats 0

The prospect of an enthralling game against two teams destined for finals football this year was very appealing.

Last year, both teams finished on 33 points and it was only goal difference that gave Coffs United the prized second spot behind Urunga and a chance to go straight to the Grand Final.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Georgia Burt (Coffs) crosses ball to set up another attack for Coffs Utd - Photo by Warren Burt

However, there was no doubt that Coffs United had the wood on Woopi with both competition games easily won by Coffs (4 - 1 away and then 5 - 1 at home). There was a similar result in the Final when Coffs again dominated Woopi, winning 4 - 1 to go through to the Grand Final where they eventually became Premiers in a memorable 3 - 2 victory over Urunga Raiders.

This year, under the guidance of Al Courtenay, Woopi have again shown that they know how to score goals, with big wins in their first three matches and a pre-season game against Coffs which indicated that Woopi may have put last year's poor results behind them.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Ellie Knight (Coffs) vs Woopi
7-5-11 - Photo by Warren Burt

However, Woopi with two key players missing, struggled against a Coffs side who also had players unavailable and needed a few courageous reserve players to fill the gaps. Whilst Woopi attacked well down their right hand side, Coffs backline was impenetrable, with Amanda Pithers and co working tirelessly to thwart any possibility of a Woopi attack on goal.

Similarly, in the mid-field, the skilful play of Woopi's Ashli Deane was overshadowed by Coffs United pairing of Rachel McVicar and Georgia Burt. They dominated the centre of the pitch and were the catalyst to Coffs persistent raids on the Woopi goal.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jo Munn vs Woolgoolga - Photo by Warren Burt

Up front Coffs had Nikki Rayner, Ellie-May McKnight and Ashlee Mackie supporting dual goal scorer Chloe Wighton, who put on one of her best performances in Coffs United colours. She scored the only goal in the first half to put Coffs in front 1 - 0.

In the second half, Chloe continued her involvement in general play, coming back to win the ball, running into space and using her deft shooting ability, which paid dividends for Coffs. She scored another and could have had a third, but an overhead volley glided over the bar. Full time score: win for Coffs 4 - 0.

Coach Jo Munn has the Coffs United team well drilled. Their passing, movement and support for each other is wonderful to watch.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Ashli Deans (Woopi) & Amanda Pithers (Coffs) - Photo by Warren Burt

Next week make sure you get to Maclean St to watch Coffs play Sawtell, who troubled them last year with their solid defence.

- Report & photos supplied by Warren Burt

Maclean Bobcats 2 Urunga Raiders 5

Sawtell Scorpions 12 Northern Storm Twisters 0

3rd Division
Souths Gunners Sirens 11 Orara Valley Lyrebirds 0

Souths Gunners Sirens made it three wins in a row on Saturday at Rushforth park after overpowering the Orara Valley Lyrebirds 11-0. Between wet weather and a bye the Sirens hadn't kicked a ball in anger for nearly a month, Orara were even rustier having only played one match all season.

The Sirens hit the ground running and started the match with a flurry of shots, the Lyrebirds struggled to get the ball out of their own half. Coughing up possession time and again, they were putting plenty of pressure on themselves, Lisa Linnertson took advantage of one such mistake and opened the scoring at the 15th minute mark.

From the side line it looked as if the flood gates would open but a combination of good keeping, dogged defending and poor finishing, saw only another two goals to the locals at the half time whistle.

The second stanza followed along similar lines as the first, Orara rarely causing the Sirens keeper any alarm. With so much possession and the amount of space that was given to them it was a case of having too many options at times and playing to the oppositions pace instead of maintaining their own intensity.

Having been asked to play with more structure, discipline and most importantly a calm head in front of goals the girls did eventually run away with the game. The scorers were Linnertson 4, Kelsey Pitkin 3, Caitlin Browning 2, Sarah Gray 1, Keanah Scholes 1.

Pitken had an outstanding match, having started the game in the unaccustomed role as stopper and later stepped up into centre midfield and to top it all off scored a hat trick for good measure, all in a days work. Scholes also scored her first senior goal, one of many to come and Michelle Hughes had an impressive day and continues to improve as the season goes on.

- Report by Brett Collison

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Solo Cup - Round 2 Results/Reports




Maclean 3 Westlawn Tigers 3 (W'lawn 5-4 penalties)

Byron Bay Rams 3 Northern Storm 1

Port Macquarie 2 Coffs City United 3

Sawtell Scorpions 3 Great Lakes United 0

Macleay Valley Rangers 2 Urunga Raiders 1

Norths United FC 2 Lismore Workers FC 4

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Catch up game Thur 5th May

1st Div Men: Sawtell Scorpions 1 Northern Storm 4

Men's 1st division match played Thur 5/5 at Toormina Oval.
This match was a round 3 encounter which was washed out on April 16th.

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Reports / Photos - Catch up games Wed 4th May

1st Div Men: Coffs City United Lions 8 Orara Valley Dingoes 3

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Coffs City United Lions and Orara Valley Dingoes gave fans a high scoring spectacle at Coffs Sport & Leisure Park on Wednesday evening - Photo by Terry Allen

It was always going to be an interesting game. Coffs City United have not played for a month but still found themselves without six regular first graders including Ben MacKay, Nathan Silvy, Peter Baindrian and Nick Lambert.

Lots of phone calls between the reserve and first grade coaches later a side was put together. Then add to the mix Orara in the games they have played are undefeated and fielding a couple of players that weren't expected to play.

From the kick off the crowd sensed that there were plenty of goals in this game. They didn't have to wait too long before Tim Higgins beat a couple of players down the left side, then sliding the ball across the goal for Sam McKay to tap in.

Not long after a good curling cross from the Orara right side resulted in a well placed header into the top corner of the goal. Only the header was from a Coffs defender. The game seesawed with both teams picking up another two goals before half time. The highlight being an exquisite finish from Scott Goddard. Three all at half time.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Scott Goddard curls the ball into the corner to level the scores at 2-2 - Photo by Terry Allen

The crowd discussion at half time centred around whether the fact that the Orara lads were more game fit at this moment in time would prove too much for the Lions or, would the Coffs players who were brought into the side only moments before the kick off could gel.

It proved to be the latter with the Coffs team dominating the battle of the midfield. Sam McKay on his long awaited return to first grade since his ankle operation admittedly brought forward because of the circumstances, got his hat trick. Scott Goddard who was everywhere also notched up his hat trick with Anthony 'Flipper' Wiseman notching up two but will be kicking himself for not taking a couple of chances for what would have been his deserved hat trick.

With all the washout games the season will have several upsets over the next few weeks as teams play several games in a few weeks. The big positive for Coffs City United according to their coach, Danny Milliken was the way that the several debutants for first grade performed. He feels that there will be genuine pressure for places in that first grade spot. In saying that I bet he would like to have a couple of those players back for this weekend's second round of the Solo Cup Knockout competition being played in Port Macquarie.

- Report by Glenn Pearson

1st Div Women: Sawtell Scorpions 0 Woolgoolga Wildcats 6

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jasmin Kruger has her eyes firmly on the ball for Sawtell as Fiona Tobin makes a careful clearance for Woolgoolga at the back - Photo by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: A heavy challenge on Woolgoolga's Kim Batty as Sawtell try to get possession of the ball
- Photo by Terry Allen

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1st Div Men Results/Reports Round 4

Woolgoolga Wolves 2 Sawtell Scorpions 0

Orara Valley Dingoes 2 Boambee Bombers 2

Northern Storm Thunder vs Coffs City United Lions - POSTPONED

Maclean Bobcats vs Coffs Coast Tigers - POSTPONED

Westlawn Tigers vs Urunga Raiders - POSTPONED

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Senior Women Results/Reports Round 4

Woolgoolga Wildcats 8 Maclean Bobcats 0

Wet conditions didn't deter the enthusiasm from both Woolgoolga and Maclean. After winning the toss Maclean were quickly on the back foot with the Wildcats young guns out for goals from the opening whistle.

Jasmin, Meriel and Ashli were dominant with shots at goals frequenting the Maclean keeper like bullets from a gun. To her credit she kept Woolgoolga scoreless for the first sector of the match.

Maclean soon got a bit of possesion but the wildcats defence was equal to the task and keeper Janice Lacy saved the only real shot on goal.

Wildcats first goal came from a lovely 1-2 between Kim Batty and Keely Thompson with Keely driving the ball into the back of the net.

That seemed to put the Wildcats in a spirited mood with the rest of the game dominated by Woolgoolga's forwards and backed up by a very reliable backline of Fiona Tobin, Maree Houbert, Tamika Wright and Alana Bennett.

Wildcats continued scoring freely with the final score of 8-0 indicating the Wildcats are the team to watch this season.

- Report by Gary Tobin

Urunga Raiders vs Boambee Eagles - POSTPONED

Coffs City United Lionesses vs Sawtell Scorpions - POSTPONED

Corindi Breakers vs Northern Storm Twisters - POSTPONED

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