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» 08/05/11: Hunter Valley v NCF Results/Reports
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29/05/11:
FMNC (South) V NCF - Results / Reports



FMNC (South) V NCF - Results / Reports


16 years girls

FMNC (South) 0 NCF 8


A COOL START BUT RUNNING HOT

The morning mists rose to start another fantastic game for the U16 NCF Girls who travelled to Taree to play Mid North Coast South (MNCS), and won NCF 8 – MNCS 0.

Eagerly beginning the game with 11 players, and no subs, NCF were on their toes from the first whistle. In the early minutes of the game Dael Wulff scored, followed soon after by Jess Gentle, putting the NCF in the lead 2-0. The team showed both great skill and well placed shots, working the whole field and utilising all players.

A corner for NCF secured another goal after quick thinking by Jess Gentle who put it in the net after an unsuccessful shot rebounded. The next goal to be scored was by Jess Gunning, dashing through the defence to take up a ball I had driven through. The first half was concluded shortly after Jess Gunning, making a similar run to her last goal and after some nice placement, scored another.

At the start of the second half the NCF girls were looking strong and feeling confident. Within ten minutes, Jess Gunning had completed her hat trick. Dael Wulff left the field due to injury, leaving only 10 on the field. At this point, MNCS girls started to attack and had some great plays, moving the ball around well. It wasn't until our girls lifted their game again that they started playing like a team again.

Some great plays by Georgia Allen and Sarah Vidler down the wings set up a few great runs and plays for the team, while some good defensive strategies by the midfield and backs kept the ball up our end of the field. Soon after Dael Wulff returned to finish the game to the applause of her team and loyal cheer squad, making several more attempts at goal. Jess Gentle scored a hat trick, with the final goal scored by Dael Wulff.

It should be noted that the skill and determination of MNCS was not reflected in the score. They kept up the pressure for the entire game.

Congratulations to NCF girls. Next week we play Northern Inland at Woolgoolga.

- Report by Jodie Cooper (Captain)





















click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF captain Jodie Cooper was strong in defence at Taree on Sunday - Photo by Paul Rollason





















click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jess Gunning and her opposite number gave each other a tough workout - Photo by Paul Rollason




































click on photo to enlarge Photo: Hope Eadie shields the ball nicely as NCF plays MNC at Taree - Photo by Paul Rollason





















click on photo to enlarge Photo: With a rare chance of strut her stuff in the outfield, Georgia Allen contests the ball on the left wing
- Photo by Paul Rollason



15 years boys

FMNC (South) 1 NCF 1


This would be the last game we play with Jacques Ndizeye as he is moving to Sydney on Monday and all the boys were fired up to send him on a winning note. From the kick off we look composed and dominated play with our new centre mid pairing of Rees Duncan and Noah Bedford. The passing was kept short and sharp before some well weighted thru balls had both wingers in Zack Smith and Travis Walden-Smith pressing towards goal. On several occasions their keeper was made to make some great saves, before a long clearance ball caught our defence out of position and their light-footed striker didn't make any mistake smashing a classy shot into the back of the net for a shock goal against the run off play. Not the start we were looking for.

Not long after the restart Rees was brought down 25m in the centre of field. Jacques stepped up and drifted a beautiful shot towards the left top corner only to see it tipped out by another great save! We continued to dominate position but time and time again the ball just wouldn't bounce our way even when there was a clear handball in the box we couldn't win a penalty. It just felt like one of those days! On the odd occasion when Taree got into our area it was quickly shut down by some great defence of our back four. Je "Ninja" Jacobs was called into action on 2 other occasions. It's not a game unless Je makes a save like only he can, but their chances were limited.

The second half pep talk to keep doing what were doing seemed to work as within minutes of kick-off Judd Duncan slid a well weighted ball into the box where Travis was on the spot to chip it over the diving keeper to even the score. Minutes later Noah cut thru the defence with a well weighted pass to find Rees on the fly. He ran around the keeper and slid it in near post only to have a desperate centre back clear it off the line. The call was no goal, but all who were close enough stopped as they felt it was clearly over. One of those 50-50 calls that we weren't going to win today.

Time and time again Taree were able to repel our attacks with some last ditch defence, but in return we had worn them down to the point where they could hardly get out of their own half. In the dying few minutes Steven Shute had a tight angle crack at goal that I'm sure their keeper didn't even see as it was driven with so much force, but again he was in the right place at the right time as the ball smacked him in the chest and out for a corner. The game ended in a draw.

Taree excited as though they had won and our boys disappointed as though we had lost. The result may not have gone our way but it was an extremely high quality game of football to watch and I would go as far as saying the best technical game we have played to date, so well done boys, lets keep the good work going, results aren't everything!

- Report by Rees Duncan




















click on photo to enlarge Photo: 15 years boys: FMNC (South) v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan























click on photo to enlarge Photo: 15 years boys: FMNC (South) v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan























click on photo to enlarge Photo: 15 years boys: Coach Rees Duncan presenting Jacques Ndizeye with a farewell gift from his team mates after his final match for NCF before moving to Sydney - Photo by Trish Duncan


14 years boys

FMNC (South) 1 NCF 4


This week's game could be seen as a bit of a role reversal for the team when compared to last week's game. Last week we had played Hunter, sitting one place above us on the ladder and we were looking to upset them, and this round we played the team just below us who were obviously out there to peg us back a notch. As the game unfolded the role reversal comparisons became even more apparent.

The home team came out fast and furious, as we had last week. They were keen to win the ball and were quick to move forward and gave us little time to settle. While it made for a scrappy opening period this tactic was without doubt working in their favour. They continually ran at us and seemed to have an extra player in support more often than we did and although at times NCF were creating forward momentum it was often by way of individual skills and solo running. After 10 minutes or so of this unsettled, but never-the-less effective and aggressive play, Mid north coast played a series of neat one-twos down the park and set up a nice goal. All too easy and they found themselves in front just as we had last week.

It ended up being just what we needed. Just as the Hunter team were able to lift after we took the game to them, NCF lifted over the next period of play and began to take control. The squad began to move into better supporting positions which gave us depth in attack. We played more for each other with better running off the ball and the home side found themselves starved of possession.

We had our first opportunity by way of a penalty after Judd Duncan was caught from behind in the box and brought down. He stepped up to finish what he'd started but as luck would have it the Mid north coast keeper was able to save the shot and they retained their lead.

The play was now focused in their defensive third with plenty of chances being created but the final finish was just not quite there. The boys were relentless though and eventually Kye Duncan found a bit of space on the left after a nice interchange of passes through the middle. He took a great first touch into the box and made no mistake placing the ball past the keeper at the far post.

NCF was now dominating play and any attack by Mid North Coast was defused by the full backs, Aiden Whish-Wilson, Tyh Murphy, Matt Gray and Joel Teece who then proceeded to create the foundation to launch the next attack. Kye Duncan was getting more than his fair share of ball down on the wide flank and once again he was played in behind the defence to find himself one on one with the keeper and once again the result was a ball in the back of the net.

Each attack and each goal seemed to lift the boys who by now were playing some excellent football. Every player was dominant in their position and at it now appeared that we had an extra man in support at every exchange. More great passing play, this time via the midfield through the centre of the park, led to the Judd playing Sheldon O'Loughlin in to beat the keeper from inside the 6 yard box making it 1 – 3 at the break.

The second half was all NCF. The home side had lost their early enthusiasm and were now defending hard and relying on through balls to the strikers. But even this was not very effective as they were given no time or space to create anything dangerous. NCF were able to score again after Max Peltonen ran onto a squared up cross from Ben Sonter just outside the box. He hit the shot sweetly only to be denied by the outstretched hand of the keeper. Judd Duncan was on hand to finish the parried shot at the far post.

The team went on to pressure the opponents at every opportunity, Ben went close, only just denied by the keeper, Joel curled a shot just wide and all across the park the team excelled.

A great result, a great game to watch and hopefully the start of better things to come as we continue to make great progress.

- Report by Trevor Martin























click on photo to enlarge Photo: 14 years boys: FMNC (South) v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan


13 years boys

FMNC (South) 2 NCF 0


The under 13's squad played a competitive match against the Mid North Coast South team who turned up to play in an important match at their home ground.

The squad have worked hard at training this week and had some good runs of play throughout the match. Our mid fielders worked hard looking for ways to go forward but were met with solid defence from the MNCS back line.

The game was a good battle for both sides and our squad was equal in defence and kept MNCS from scoring until late in the first half. Their goal came from another defensive error in the goal area and we conceded a dot shot to put the home team one nil up.

This goal was soon followed by another from a short corner and just before half time our boys found themselves two down. The squad regrouped at half time and dug in to play a good but scoreless second half.

Although this was a disappointing defeat for the team there are some real positives to take away from this game. I commend the boys on their attitude and team commitment and encourage them to continue to learn and grow as a team.

- Report by Joe Grant, Coach




































click on photo to enlarge Photo: 13 years boys FMNC (South) v NCF - Photo by Paul Rollason





















click on photo to enlarge Photo: 13 years boys FMNC (South) v NCF - Photo by Paul Rollason


Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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22/05/11:
NCF V Hunter - Results / Reports



NCF V HUNTER - Results / Reports


16 years girls

NCF 4 HUNTER 0


Well done North Coast girls for another great win (4–0) against Hunter, securing our place on the top of the leader board.

From the start of the game, NCF looked confident, despite a few injured and ill players.

To get us going on the scoreboard Brittany Rollason took full advantage of a free kick, by skilfully driving it over the top of the keeper, and dropping it into the back corner of the net.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Hope Eadie made sure every Hunter player who took the ball forward received a welcome
- Photo by Terry Allen



NCF kept up the pressure and soon scored their second with good team play and another soaring shot, skimming the bar and dropping into the back corner, this time by Jess Gunning. A well deserved goal.

There were many great set ups including that by Sam Barker which resulted in Dael Wulff scoring our third goal. Her tireless determination and repeated 50/50 challenges for the ball with the Hunter goalie had paid off.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Goal scorer Dael Wulff lays the ball off during another raid on the Hunter goal on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen



After a pep talk by Coach Danny Rosewood at halftime, the team started strong, only to find either the goal posts or the Hunter goalie getting in the way, with many solid attempts at goal stopped. Congratulations to the Hunter goalie for great play and determination.

NCF goalies, Georgia Allen and Alannah Rosewood are to be congratulated also for keeping the ball out, and in play, when the opportunity arose. This was limited, due to the strong defensive play of Hope Eadie, Lizzy Tonks, Sarah Orman and Gabby Bastick.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Alannah Rosewood makes a determined clearance against Hunter at Woolgoolga on Sunday afternoon - Photo by Terry Allen

To finalise the score for the day, Jessie Gentle, had an impressive run, dodging Hunter players, and chipped the ball in.

It was great to have such a supportive home crowd cheering us on.
Next week we travel to Taree to meet Mid North Coast South.

- Report by Jodie Cooper


15 years boys

NCF 7 HUNTER 0


The u/15 boys started off well but did miss a few early opportunities.
It took twenty five minutes to get our first goal through Jacques Ndizeye.

After that the goals flowed throughout the game. A comfortable 7-0 win at the final whistle with Zack Smith three goals, Rees Duncan two & Steve Shute one.

The backline held strong today with Nathan Shugg and Nathan Delang being standouts for the team.

- Report by Dave Shute (manager)
































click on photo to enlarge Photo: Three-goal man Zac Smith is brought down just outside the penalty area by his Hunter marker
- Photo by Terry Allen






















click on photo to enlarge Photo: Will Aranyi, enjoying a brief stint up front, in a 50-50 with the Hunter 'keeper
- Photo by Terry Allen




































click on photo to enlarge Photo: Liam Fuller winning the ball in the air in front of the Hunter goal - Photo by Terry Allen























click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jacques Ndizeye celebrating his goal as only Jacques can - Photo by Trish Duncan


14 years boys

NCF 2 HUNTER 4


Was it to be third time lucky for the NCF squad as they faced Hunter at home ?

Our last encounter had left the squad with a somewhat sour taste in our collective mouths and we were keen for a bit of justice, and maybe to try and prove a point. We had worked on a few training drills designed to help our attack and had a solid strategy in place to try and upset the Hunter team so we took to the field in a positive frame of mind.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: A glancing header from Nick Mallett during the 14's match: NCF vs Hunter Valley
- Photo by Terry Allen



The first stanza of play saw the home team pushing forward confidently. Play was consistently aggressive in attack and our plan to run off our front three target men of Sheldon O'Loughlin, Ben Sonter and Sean Butt was beginning to produce dividends.

The midfield was winning tussles in the centre of the park and supporting the attack well. Kye playing in the midfield was excellent in his distribution and it was not long before the boys started to produce shots on goal.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Every ball in the midfield was hotly contested at Woopi on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen

The first opportunity from a free kick to the far post from Tyh which was beautifully met on the volley by Sheldon. The keeper was well beaten, but the cross bar came to the aid of the Hunter defence and the ball stayed out. This set the scene for the next quarter hour. In what was virtually the following attack, Sheldon playing as our central striker found himself in the right place again and made no mistake slotting home the first goal of the game.

Not content to rest on their laurels the boys continued to attack and next time it was Judd Duncan who neatly created a bit of space for himself just outside the centre of the box and finished nicely to put us 2 up. Was this the dream start we needed ? Maybe not.

Although we were confidently taking the game to the visitors it became clear that they were not going to lie down and take it. With their coaching staff going frantic at being 2 nil down, Hunter began to slowly lift the intensity and claw their way back into the game. Gradually they started to find better field position and more and more they were in our defensive third. NCF defended well though and shots from Hunter in general play were limited. Eventually they did find a way through with a well taken volley on the edge of the 6 yard box. Cadan had no chance to deflect the shot from that range. With only minutes to go until half time Hunter again found the back of the net from a corner that was headed home nicely. 2 all at the break.

Without doubt Hunter had upped the ante and the only way to deal with it was to lift our intensity and try to limit their time on the ball and space to move. The second half produced more fast and intense football. The match was now being played up and down the park with both teams trying to find a winner. Hunter were again forced to resort to some questionable tactics to contain NCF but to give credit where due, they were also playing with the higher level of commitment.

In these kind of games it is often just a matter of a bit of luck, a simple mistake or a lapse in concentration that can make the difference and through a combination of these things Hunter were the next to score. After an unlucky bounce an NCF attack was defused, we lost our shape and the following fast break by Hunter was finished at the other end. NCF behind 2–3.

The lads continued to work hard struggling to get back into the game and again we found ourselves playing end to end football. No doubt NCF were tiring, a bit less spring in our step and after a penalty was awarded to Hunter which they netted, it was clear that we were going to need a miracle to collect any points. The miracle wasn't granted and the final score ended at 2 – 4.

Even though we were not victorious, as always there were plenty of positives to focus on. Although I have a hint of reluctance in saying so, Hunter played very well. They left nothing in the bag to beat us and listening to their coaches before and during the game it was evident that they knew they weren't going to have an easy task of it.

There is always lessons to be learnt and often they come from playing against better competition. We benefit from these games, even in defeat and Shane Duncan (manager) and I are proud of the progress that the squad continues to make.

Well done boys.

- Report by Trevor Martin (Coach)


13 years boys

NCF 0 HUNTER 2


The 13 years NCF State Youth League team played Hunter Valley on Sunday under the guidance of Richard Evans following the pre-match resignation of coach Adrian Pickup.

Despite the unusual start to the day, the boys played with great enthusiasm and gave a great account of themselves, despite going down 0-2.

It was an even contest for most of the match, but NCF allowed Hunter to score in the few minutes either side of half time and that is how the game was decided.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jack Myers heads the ball forward during the 13's clash with Hunter at Woolgoolga on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen


After the match, Richard Evans said he was pleased with the team's effort.
"It was a good performance by our boys. Apart from a couple of minutes each side of half time, we were in the contest for the full match," he said.

"We have a few things to work on such as how we play out from the back and our passing definitely needs to improve, but overall it was a good display," Richard said.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Nic Ranieri puts the ball through for his forwards - Photo by Terry Allen

The NCF 13's sit in 5th spot on the ladder going into this weekend's match with Mid North Coast south who are in 4th place.


Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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15/05/11:
FMNC (North) v NCF Results/Reports



FMNC (North) v NCF - Results / Reports


16 years girls

FMNC (North) 3 NCF 8


North Coast 16 years girls travelled to Port Macquarie to play an eagerly awaited second match with Mid North Coast Football north (MNCN). With both teams on equal points at the top of the ladder, MNCN ahead on goal difference and the previous match a hard fought win to NCF 2-1, this was a 'must win' game for both teams.

When the starting whistle blew both teams were in it to win it, as seen by the quality of play. NCF knew they needed to score early with only eleven players; they were certain to tire against this fifteen member squad on home ground. Jess Gunning was in top form and scored NCF's first after only six minutes. NCF looked strong, displaying good teamwork and well drilled skill.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Another dominant display in the midfield from Brittany Rollason against Mid North Coast on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen


NCF kept up the pressure to score a second in the 12th minute. MNCN replied with great game play followed by a great goal. Their post-goal celebrations didn't last long until NCF scored again, leaving the score 3-1 at half time.

With the second half started, NCF felt confident, even with one player down due to injury. This was soon challenged when MNCN scored their 2nd goal. To NCF's credit, didn't drop their heads, they pressed on. Soon there were two more goals, thanks to a great through ball by Brittany Rollason to result in a well earned goal by Jess Gentle and another goal to Jess Gunning. For the tiring NCF players it seemed that as our original injured player, Dael Wulff, returned to the field, another, Brontie Barrera went off when she sustained an injury during a tackle.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Looking like twins, Sarah Vidler and Dael Wulff leap for a header as the Mid North Coast 'keeper attempts to clear the ball - Photo by Terry Allen



With only 10 remaining on the field for the rest of the game, Sarah Orman, Gabby Bastick, Hope Eadie and Sarah Vidler all had strong defensive games, keeping out their opponent and chasing down the ball at every opportunity.

After many fantastic saves by NCF goalkeeper Georgia Allen, MNCN only scored one more, but that wasn't the end of the goals for the game. NCF dug deep and scored another 3 goals, including one by Dael Wulff, keenly celebrated by team and cheer squad alike as it ended her goal drought.

The final score was NCF 8 to MNCN 3, with goals to Jess Gunning (4), Jess Gentle (3) and Dael Wulff (1).


click on photo to enlarge Photo: 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'. Spectators estimate Gabby Bastick hung in the hair for at least five seconds as she pulled her 'Matrix' move on Mid North Coast - Photo by Terry Allen

Recognition should go to Mid North Coast North Football girls who played a great game, were tough opponents & kept up the pressure. Congratulations to NCF girls for showing great team spirit & playing another fantastic game.

This was one of our sweetest wins this season and has elevated us to first position on the ladder by a clear three points. Thanks also to our Manager Kelly, who stepped up to the mark in our Coach Danny Rosewood's absence.
We are looking forward to the challenge against Hunter at Woolgoolga next week.

- Report by Jodie Cooper (Captain)


15 years boys

FMNC (North) 0 NCF 8


Last time these teams met it was a 11-1 white wash to us, but after coming off a very average win last week, I was not as confident the result would be so dominant. The first 20 minutes was very messy with both teams not being able to control possession for more than 3 passes. We made several raids down each wing but the final ball could not find a player with a clear chance on goal.

At the other end of the pitch Port made several attacks. Will Aranyi showed why he is one of the best centre backs in this age group with several calm last man tackles to stop any chance of a one on one with our keeper.

After some sustained pressure Steven Shute was given a shot on goal and didn't make a mistake by blasting it past Port's agile keeper for the first goal of the game.

It was on the stroke of half time when Travis Walden-Smith did what he does best and pressured their backs into a mistake. Steven was quick to pounce and made the tight angled shot look easy as he scored his second goal.

After a quick chat about short passing and playing like we train, the boys came out a different team. From the kick off we had combined 10 passes and were all over the opposition. This set the trend for the second half that could only be described as clinical. Steven scored 2 more goals, while Rees Duncan and Zack Smith went goal for goal both scoring 2 classy goals. Their speed and skill was too much for the defence as they turned their opposing players inside out every time they had the ball. End score 8-0.

The most pleasing part of the game was the composure and team work the boys displayed in the second half. I was very impressed how Noah Bedford controlled the play from the back finding Liam Fuller who had the ball on a string as he took complete control of the midfield providing our strikers with time to do their thing.

It made me very proud to be their coach as comments after the game from both opposition coaches, officials and parents of how well the whole teamed played but more importantly how well behaved they were. We have now set the bar very high for ourselves, but realistically it's just a glimpse of our potential and hopefully of things to come. Well done to all involved.

- Report by Rees Duncan


14 years boys

FMNC (North) 0 NCF 2


For the second time this season NCF faced MNC football, this time as the visitors. Our first round performance had been good enough to give us the points but after recent events it was important that the squad performed well to regain confidence and create a solid platform to support the rest of our campaign.

We were without Judd as a result of last week's fiasco and also absent was Josh Barden our regular keeper, so a bit of reshuffling was required.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Joel Teece moves the ball neatly past his opposite number at Port Macquarie on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen

The game began with the boys settling into their roles and pushing the ball around nicely. Lots of possession and forward momentum through the mid field combination of Jack, Nick and Sheldon, who took on the number 10 position. Matt, playing as our central striker was a strong target man and had plenty of opportunities early but some scrambling defence from MNCF kept the ball out of the goal.

The hosts did on occasions push the ball around and were able to come forward but they were well contained by our solid and hard working back line who won back possession and distributed well at every opportunity. Despite our dominance the half time score was 0 – 0.

The second half strategy was to play as we had done, but with more intensity and running off the ball up front. The boys took this approach on board and it was clear that the increased pressure that resulted was causing the home side plenty of problems. Ben Sonter in a wide attacking role was able to penetrate regularly and with pace to forge many goal scoring chances, but it was through the middle where the first goal was eventually created after a penalty was awarded for a foul on Max who had neatly played his way into the box. Sheldon stepped up and got the boys on the score sheet with a nicely placed shot from the spot.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Cadan Glattback safely diffuses another MNC raid - Photo by Terry Allen

MNCF did respond with some attacking plays of their own but Cadan in goal was solid and confident and smothered every goal bound shot.

With so much time spent attacking a second goal was imminent and again it was Sheldon who found himself on the end of through ball with only the keeper to beat. Another composed finished ensured the required result and NCF were 2 up.

We had done exactly what was needed, played a dominant controlled game, created many chances over the 70 minutes without having really been seriously threatened. Not only did the squad perform well but it also highlighted our depth with players being asked to step into unfamiliar roles and coping well with the task at hand. A great team performance all across the park.

- Report by Trevor Martin (Coach)


13 years boys

FMNC (North) 1 NCF 1


The 13's started this match again too slow and Mid North Coast (MNC) were soon on top with some slick passing across the park.

The defence of North Coast Football (NCF) stood firm with some great goal keeping by Harry Menzies pulling off some fantastic saves.

Daemon Power-Cason again showed his dominance with some great positional play and clearing headers.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF 'keeper Harry Menzies rolls the ball out to get another attacking raid going
- Photo by Terry Allen



Elliot Johnson had his hands full trying to contain the MNC centre forward and also Luke Pilpel and Kalem Rollason proved they had a job on their hands. To their credit the defensive unit kept the opposition at bay again with Harry producing some great saves.

In attack, once NCF had the ball, they looked good but again movement away from the ball proved the undoing with many promising attacking breaking down.

Half time nil - nil

The second half again saw NCF start slow and MNC controlled all parts of the park until North coast realised movement off the ball helps.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Cormac Grant challenges for possession against Mid North Coast at Port Macquarie on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen


The team then moved forward more like the team we know. A long ball caught out our defence and great shot beat Josh Jarrett who could do nothing with a well taken goal. This did spur on North Coast and some great ball movement and running off the ball had MNC ball chasing.

Mitchell Gunning and Trent Stack started to move the ball first time and the difference was brilliant to see with faster transitional movement and some scoring chances from one such raid the MNC coast keeper did well to clear the ball but did not realise the skill that Travis Marker has. The ball fell into Travis's path some twenty five metres out and his first time volley was straight from the Premier League. All class, well controlled and well positioned back past the stranded keeper. This skill is something all these 16 players have and with some more discipline on and off the field these kids are able to take this team into the top four.

They need to focus on what they are doing both while watching on the bench and also at training as Travis Marker's goal was a great example of the skill this kid has as well as all his team mates. He and the others just need to put it all together. For a brilliant second half performance all players need to be congratulated, but discipline needs to be observed for this team to move into the top four.

Next weekend sees Hunter travel north after we travelled south with two away trips to Cessnock 4-2 loss and 3-1 loss. Again boys, more focus on the training and what's happening on the park will see this under 13 team finally stamp their mark on this competition. You are capable of great football if you turn up in the right frame on mind and concentrate on why you are there.

Great 1 -1 draw, Harry Menzies brilliant first half performance and Josh also a great keeping display, but the team did well.

- Report by Adrian Pickup (Coach)


Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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13/05/11:
NCF to meet Mid North Coast (north) at Port Macquarie



NCF TO MEET MID NORTH COAST (NORTH) AT PORT MACQUARIE

North Coast Football's State Youth League teams face a stern test this weekend as they head down the Pacific Highway to Port Macquarie to meet our closest SYL neighbours Mid North Coast. In the 'local derby' match, NCF is always keen to take the points, but it has not always proved easy against a very well drilled southern neighbour.

There is no greater competition between these two than in the 16 years girls who fight out a tough battle every season. Last year, Mid North Coast pipped NCF for the title last year and already the two are equal on points at the top of the ladder.

Earlier this season, NCF had a tight 2-1 victory over MNC when they played at Woolgoolga and MNC would definitely be hoping the home ground will help reverse the result this weekend.

Despite the terrible run of injuries the NCF girls have been suffering lately (playing most of the last two games with only 10), they are back at near full strength this week, so there will be no excuses if everyone stays injury free.

The 13 years boys competition is equally tight, however MNC sits in fourth spot and NCF in fifth. Both teams' win record is similar but MNC has held their opposition to a draw on several occasions where NCF has suffered a narrow loss, so there is a gap between them, but a win this weekend would certainly close it.

The NCF 14's scored an impressive 4-2 win over MNC when they met at Woopi earlier in the year and desperately need the three points in order to jump back into the top four, which they could certainly do if other results go their way on Sunday. The 14's are without Judd Duncan this week after his unfortunate red card on Sunday, but confidence is high going into this one, with MNC at the bottom of the ladder and winless.

The NCF 15's are back in form after some torrid matches in recent weeks against Hunter and Newcastle. Both NCF and Newcastle have put space between themselves at the top of the ladder and third placed Macquarie, so there can be no slip ups. Last time the two met, NCF scored an 11-1 victory, so barring disaster, there should be three points on offer this Sunday.


Terry Allen
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North Coast Football
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08/05/11:
Hunter Valley v NCF Results/Reports



HUNTER VALLEY V NCF RESULTS/REPORTS


16 years girls

HUNTER VALLEY 1 NCF 2


The NCF 16 years girls travelled to Cessnock on Sunday to face Hunter Valley for the second time this year in the State Youth League.

Last time the two met, NCF won 7-0 and Hunter has struggled for wins in the games since, however this was to be no repeat performance. NCF had to come from behind to snatch a late 2-1 win.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF captain Jodie Cooper got through a mountain of work at centre back against Hunter Valley - Photo by Terry Allen

For the second week in a row, NCF was forced to play the match with only 10 on the pitch. At least last week they had 11 for the first half, but on Sunday NCF took to the field one short and played the full match chasing the leather and trying to plug gaps everywhere they went.

To Hunter's credit, they were well prepared for this match and played to their strengths; moving the ball through the many wide lines they found presented to them and causing much trouble for the NCF backline. With only 10 players, NCF set up in a 1-3-3-3 formation, which meant they would need to slide left and right to cover the gaps as Hunter tried to thread the ball in between the centres and their outside defenders. This proved to be the game's greatest challenge for them.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Gabby Bastick gets her pass away despite the close marking of her Hunter opponent - Photo by Terry Allen


Early in the match, however, NCF was fresh and full of running so the game was played mostly in Hunter's half of the field. NCF 'keeper, Georgia Allen, was instructed by coach Danny Rosewood to play way out of her 18 yard box and join the game as a second sweeper, which she did beautifully to the sounds of Hunter parents screaming for their girls to try to chip her. The only chips were at the canteen this day.

NCF proceeded to cut Hunter to pieces down each flank, but especially through Jessie Gentle, who missed the previous match against Newcastle. Only some terrific goalkeeping at Hunter's end prevented a score before half time. But NCF also had a few nervous moments with Georgia racing out on more than one occasion to block a shot when Hunter pounced on the counter attack. 0-0 at the break and the crowd could sense the North Coast girls tiring and the Hunter bench sniffing a win.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Georgia Allen cleans up as the Hunter striker comes through for a raid on goal - Photo by Terry Allen


The second half was completely different in that Hunter gained the ascendancy for the first 20 minutes or so. NCF chances in front of goal dwindled as the warm conditions took their toll and the girls tired out. Midway through the half, a clearance at the back by Georgia was pounced on by a Hunter striker & they had their goal. NCF would have to chase the game.

The NCF girls did not give up as teams sometimes do when their batteries run down and they fall behind. Instead, they pressed for the equalizer which came in dramatic fashion when Brittany Rollason hit a high, looping shot from the middle of the park towards the Hunter goal. It must have scraped the cross bar as it dipped in, because it looked to be covered by the goalkeeper and, to the crowd at least, looked to be going over. But 'go in' it did and NCF was back on level terms. How many of these 'bombs' have you now scored Britt?


click on photo to enlarge Photo: A battle of the pig tails! Jess Gunning wins the ball in the air despite being up against a fearsome hair-do - Photo by Terry Allen

This provided the spark the North Coast girls needed and their team spirit rose to the challenge. Led ably by captain Jodi Cooper at centre back, NCF began to press forward for the win and the momentum of the game shifted. Alannah Rosewood, Dael Wulff and Hope Eadie found this part of the match excruciating as they could only yell from the bench in the late stages of the match.

With five to go, and with NCF down to only nine players on the field, Jess Gunning received the ball outside the 18 yard box and turned with it onto her right foot. She unloaded another high shot which, incredibly, dipped once more under the bar and found the back of the net. NCF had fought back from a goal behind to snatch a late win and maintain pressure of the league leaders.

After the match coach Danny Rosewood praised his team's fighting spirit and singled out Georgia Allen for special mention. "Georgia had a great game. She played high up at the back just like we asked and that made a big difference," he said.

This weekend, the girls will have to patch up their injuries before travelling to Port Macquarie to face one of the title favourites; defending champions Mid North Coast.

There are certainly issues to be addressed, such as the number of passes which went to opposition players and the need to compress in defence so the available lanes for opposition through balls are cut down. But if fighting spirit is worth anything, NCF should have plenty of ammunition for the match.

- Report by Terry Allen


15 years boys

HUNTER VALLEY 1 NCF 2


After such a physical and emotional game last week it was hard to say how the boys would turn up this week as our last encounter against Hunter wasn't much of a contest.

Unfortunately from the warm up I could tell they weren't switched on. Manager Dave Shute gave them a quick revving and then with a last shout out from the cheer squad, Nick Lambert, which would be enough to wake the dead, they looked ready.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Chris Lambert gets this one away before the Hunter defence closes in on Sunday - Photo by Trish Duncan


From the kick off we took control of the game, with several good raids down both right and left wings only to see well weighted crosses not taken advantage of. This seemed to set the trend for most of the match with many good opportunities just missing their mark.

With plenty of pressure building it was only a matter of time until one of these crosses would meet a powerful end in the back of the net, which was provided by Steven Shute. Travis Waldren-Smith was unlucky a short time later when the keeper managed to somehow get off the ground from making the first save to get part of his arm to Travis's shot that was heading for the top corner. Ten minutes later our lack of communication to clear a bouncing ball from our box saw Hunter even the score with a nice shot by their striker.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Why don't we carry it instead? Jacques Ndizeye gets a helping hand from his Hunter counterpart
- Photo by Trish Duncan



Starting the second half 1-1 we were still comfortable, we were in control and a result was ours for the taking. Zack Smith gave his opponents nightmares making raid after raid down the left wing, but either his finish or last pass wasn't finding the mark until he managed to go straight for goal and slipped a perfect shot into the near post for a 2-1 lead.

Our defence kept a high line and managed to keep their strikers out of the game for most of the time, so even though the game was close on the score board and was extremely nerve racking on the side line, we restricted them to very limited opportunities, with Je Jacobs only having to make one good save. It was Hunter's scrambling defence that kept repelling our attacks and kept the score to a 2-1 win.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Steven Shute had a strong game up front after suffering a serious knee injury earlier in the season - Photo by Trish Duncan

Special mentions to Steve Shute who made an impressive return from a serious knee injury and Jacques Ndizeye was my man of the match with a classy first half in a star studded mid field.

- Report by Rees Duncan (Coach)


14 years boys

HUNTER VALLEY 4 NCF 0


For the first game of the second round NCF faced Hunter football at Carmicheal Park.

Having had a 3-3 draw against Hunter in the first round which could have easily been a win (but for a bit of bad luck), and after a strong performance against Newcastle last week, the feeling was that we were due for a good result.

As it turned out we could not have been further from the truth.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: If you can't go round them, go over them. Sheldon O'Loughlin takes the fastest route to the ball - Photo by Trish Duncan

The first half started well, the team pushed the ball around using width and composed passing to maintain a good amount of possession and were able to create numerous attacking opportunities. Despite this the final balls played in and around the box were not producing shots on goal.

Hunter played their usual style of quick one-twos through the middle and then a long through ball for the strikers. Tyh and Matt both made some great covering tackles and cleaned up nicely but the threat of a breakaway goal was always there. Half way through the half and despite our good possession, Hunter were able to score first after a goal mouth scramble allowed their striker a simple chip in.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Judd Duncan and Max Rose provide heavy resistance against the Hunter Valley 13's
- Photo by Trish Duncan


NCF continued to make many attacking raids into the Hunter defensive third with good runs from Kye, Ben and Cadan but still we were unable to get clean finishing opportunities.

Hunter, however, were again able to score from another edge of the box miscommunication and against the run of play NCF were down 2-0 at half time.

The squad took to the field for the second half believing they could pull this game back. We had certainly played the better football.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF 13's attacked regularly, but could not take the points against Hunter Valley on Sunday - Photo by Trish Duncan

From the whistle the boys pushed forward with renewed vigour and Hunter were on the back foot. Chances were now being created and Judd Duncan was creating all sorts of problems for the home team defence, running the ball into the box regularly. Jack and Nick continued to win ball in the centre of the park and it seemed only a matter of time before NCF would find the back of the net.

This positive and confident play from NCF was to be instantly nullified by an inexplicable decision from the referee. The whistle was blown after a run of the mill tackle involving Judd Duncan and a Hunter defender. The ball went loose and play had continued. Both teams and both benches had no idea of what the referee had seen. Judd was called over to the ref who accused him of using foul language and without hesitation produced a straight red card. Judd left the field perplexed and insisting he had not said anything. Everyone who knows Judd would have agreed that such an allegation could not be taken seriously. This unfortunate and ridiculous decision by the referee left everyone in disbelief.

The NCF boys were noticeably fired up by the event and used this energy and aggression to lift their intensity. Despite being down a player the team continued to attack and take the game to the opposition. Some great individual efforts from Max Castillo-Peltonen and Sheldon O'Loughlin kept us in the game, but Hunter were able to take advantage of their numerical advantage and managed 2 more goals before the final whistle sounded.

In the end an extremely disappointing game tarnished by events beyond our control. Despite this, it must be noted that the boys refrained from reacting negatively to proceedings but instead showed true strength of character to rise above the difficult circumstances.

These kind of events are character building and as a coach I am very impressed with the players' behaviour, particularly Judd who remained composed throughout, despite his obvious disappointment.

- Report by Trevor Martin (Coach)


13 years boys

HUNTER VALLEY 3 NCF 1


The under 13s took to field knowing they are capable of beating Hunter. After a 4-2 first game North Coast started slow and some great moves out of defence saw north coast press early without any great scoring chances.

North coast found Hunter more fluent with the ball and seemed to handle the bouncy ground better than North Coast. Both fullbacks found the speedy wingers a bit tricky and a resulting free kick near the touch line saw the ball float with the wind into the North Coast net.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Nathan Pollitt about to get the magic water after trying to stop the ball with his nose
- Photo by Terry Allen



North Coast then found themselves defending with Hunter using the wind advantage well.

Second half North Coast started to control the game and an unfortunate penalty made it 2-nil. North coast then started to move the football the way we know they can and created a few scoring opportunities. Another long shot caught out the keeper to make it 3 nil.

North coast then found some running off the ball and better passing create a number of scoring opportunities with the transition from defence to attack finally working to their advantage.



click on photo to enlarge Photo: Trent Stack gets this clearance in before the defence can reach it - Photo by Terry Allen


A flowing move from the back down the right caught Hunter outnumbered and the ball movement from north coast found the left wing of North coast player Jack Meyers who played a neat one two with the left midfielder Trent Stack and the ball played to centre forward Adam Pickup found his first touch spot on for a low shot that the Hunter keeper could only fumble at and help the ball over the line.

3-1 the score and north Coast then took control another flowing move again from left to right and back again saw a Jack Meyers shot just miss with seconds to go.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF 'keeper Joshua Jarrett is pressured under the high ball against Hunter on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen


Another 100% effort for second half saw the team show glimpses of what they can do, well done boys.

- Report by Adrian Pickup (Coach)


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North Coast Football
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02/05/11:
Newcastle v NCF - Results / Reports



Newcastle v NCF - Results / Reports


16 years girls

Newcastle 6 NCF 0


A devastating blow for NCF U16 girls, who fought hard, with a player down and injuries, however Newcastle was the stronger team on the day.

From the starting whistle the girls were at it; playing some of their best football all year. NCF especially looked impressive down the left wing, where they were putting one-twos and set-ups together nicely.

However, with no subs and the pace of play, it could not be sustained. After the first goal late in the first half, NCF started to to have problems. Injuries were evident at the half time break.

From the beginning of the second half Newcastle were more prepared and scored almost instantly, soon followed by a third.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Brontie Berrera played solidly in the midfield for NCF against Newcastle
- Photo by Terry Allen



It was a physical game and NCF lost central defender Hope Eadie to injury, leaving us down to 10 early in the second period.

We had moments of strength, but the team tired as Newcastle continued to play good football. Three more goals were put in giving NCF a lot to think about for the next game. NCF had many attempts at goal, but could not find the back of the net.

Well done Newcastle for playing good football throughout the game & credit also goes to NCF girls who still held their heads high & battled on. We look forward to the next clash.

- Report by Jodie Cooper



click on photo to enlarge Photo: A tiring day in the backline for Gabby Bastick in Newcastle on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen




















click on photo to enlarge Photo: Georgia Allen has this one covered as the shot skims the crossbar
- Photo by Terry Allen



15 years boys

Newcastle 2 NCF 3


Round 8 saw a top of the ladder clash in the U15's. Newcastle hadn't lost a game this season and had the best for and against in the comp so we were expecting a tough encounter.

The game started at 100 miles/hr. Newcastle had the early field advantage and were throwing themselves into everything. At the 10 minute mark we won a corner and after the ball wasn't cleared properly Travis Waldren-Smith had a first time volley at goal that ripped into the back of the net for the first goal.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Lachlin Arthur keeps smiling despite the obvious tension building in the game
- Photo by Trish Duncan


5 minutes later Newcastle played short from a goal kick, which Travis pressured straight away. After winning the ball, Travis placed his shot past the keeper into goal for a 2-0 lead.

This got Newcastle fired up and after several reckless tackles, things almost got out of hand when one of their players wanted to take things further. Lachlin Arthur showed the composure of a true captain and just laughed in his face while his coach pulled him from the field.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Every loose ball was hard fought in the 15's clash at Newcastle on Sunday - Photo by Trish Duncan

We dominated most of the ball and field position in the second half and when Judd Duncan scored in the first 10 minutes for a 3-0 lead, the win looked safe.

But, having trained once in the past 4 weeks, it started to show as all boys had hands on hips and Newcastle gained the upper hand. Je "Ninja" Jacobs made several incredible saves that only he can do but with 15 minutes to go Newcastle managed to get one back with a great run to the near post.

We had several more chances, but with fatigue set in we couldn't get a foot on the final ball to convert.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NCF keeper Je Jacobs weathered the storm in the final few minutes of the match at Newcastle
- Photo by Trish Duncan


Newcastle managed another to put us on edge with 2 minutes to go, but the whistle came before an equaliser could be found.

It was a great show of character from all of the boys. A special mention must go to Will Aranyi, Chris Lambert, Nathan Delang and Nathan Shugg for their tremendous defence for the whole 80 minutes.

- Report by Rees Duncan (Coach)


14 years boys

Newcastle 3 NCF 1


NCF 14 boys lost 3 - 1 to top of the table Newcastle on Sunday. As I read through my notes I have nothing but praise for our boys as it was probably the best football I have seen the 14s play to date.

The game was played at a fast pace from the first touch of the ball with both teams moving the ball well and creating plenty of attacking opportunities.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Keeper Josh Barden pulls off a fine save in Newcastle on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen


Newcastle were the first to score midway through the first half. NCF hit back shortly after to level the score when Ben Sonter headed home a great cross from Sean Butt.

The second half continued in the same entertaining manner. NCF were the first to find the back of the net in the second period, however, they were denied the goal with an off side call.

The boys continued playing some great football and were unlucky not to at least come away with a draw. Newcastle are a quality team and managed to score 2 late goals to secure the win.

Trevor and I were both very impressed how the boys played with everyone on the field giving 100%.

Hopefully the weather will be on our side this week and we will actually be able to train.

- Report by Shane Duncan (Manager)




click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jack Malouf made sure he was always near the ball in the 14's clash with Newcastle
- Photo by Terry Allen
























click on photo to enlarge Photo: A strong game by Sean Butt gave the Newcastle team something to think about on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen



13 years boys

Newcastle 10 NCF 0


The u13 NCF found what real football is about with a 10 – nil defeat to the top of the table Newcastle team. You could blame the 3 week lay off for some of the score, the reshuffle of positions as well by the coach but full credit must go to the Newcastle team for what was an outstanding style and display of possession football.

At half time 7 goals had gone by Josh Jarrett but to his credit he did well the team once they had the ball played great with the ball but had trouble confining the opposition once they got the ball back.

Harry Menzie played in Goal second half and stopped many chances and stopped a penalty to see the Newcastle forward follow in a just get it in past Harry. Harry produced some more great saves and again the North Coast team second half performance was brilliant and had a least 5 great scoring chances only to see the Newcastle keeper also pull off some great saves.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jack Myers fights for the ball in Newcastle - Photo by Terry Allen


Yes a drubbing but the second half and periods in the first half showed what these kids can do when they get stuck in and win the ball first.

Many Newcastle parents commented to me what a great second half and they also found some free kicks given and the penalty a bit confusing. So second half 3 -0 loss but all 16 players should hold their heads up high as this was a excellent team they played.

The good points out of this match was the ability the NCF boys have when they have the ball, running off the ball, great one touch and two touch football and transition from defence to attack was there to see, go come on boys lets stick it to the Hunter team and show the rest what we can do.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Trent Stack surrounded by Newcastle players on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen

Was told today that the under 13 last year also received a drubbing to Newcastle first game up and from then on produced some great performances, so this weekend in Hunter I can assure the followers that the boys can beat this team if the performance is produced all game not only in one half.

Harry and Josh the two keepers received much praise from the goal keeper coach and he reminded the players that both boys are great keepers and have produced great games this year so its not their fault with the 10 -0 score line and I am sure all the boys took that on board well done Josh your head was high even though it hurt, just remember all those saves you have made in previous games.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Harry Menzies pulls off a magnificent penalty save only to see the follow up shot hit the back of the net - Photo by Michelle Power-Casson

- Report by Adrian Pickup (Coach)


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North Coast Football
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28/04/11:
SYL teams off to Newcastle



SYL TEAMS OFF TO NEWCASTLE

North Coast Football's (NCF) four State Youth League (SYL) teams hit the road this weekend for the much anticipated tie with Newcastle. Traditionally, Newcastle is the strongest zone in Northern NSW and contests with NCF are always hard fought. Of the four SYL competitions in 2011, Newcastle remains on top of the ladder in three and undefeated in two.

Unlike previous years, each zone faces the others three times in 2011 and then, quite possibly, in the finals as well, so there are plenty of chances on offer, but neither zone wants to drop points against the other, so this weekend will be the first in a series of highly competitive matches.

16 years girls
Only in the girls competition is Newcastle coming from behind going into this weekend's round. NCF remains the only undefeated team in the competition after seven rounds. NCF has enjoyed two byes in that time and sits equal on points with Mid North Coast, who have played an extra game, but NCF still sits above them on goal difference. Newcastle remains situated precariously in fourth having struggled to overcome the top zones so far this year.

If Newcastle does strike form this weekend and take the points, NCF could find itself slipping from first to third position after only one loss. Although Newcastle scored six goals against Northern Inland last start, the NCF girls have only conceded three goals in five games this season; the best defense in the competition. Provided our girls have recovered sufficiently from the niggling injuries of late, there is every reason to expect them to take the three points on Sunday.

15 years boys
NCF's 15's are in clear second position ahead of the Newcastle fixture with the Novocastrians the only undefeated team in the comp. Last year NCF went on a goal scoring spree in Newcastle as the two met in the final match of the season. No doubt NCF will be waiting for a counter punch this weekend. A win would lift NCF into equal first place, but it would have to be a seven goal margin to elevate them to the lead on goal difference. A loss would see NCF fall six points behind and would most likely see Macquarie draw level.

14 years boys
The washout against Central Coast, which was recorded as a 1-1 draw, did not work in NCF's favour this time around. Sitting in third, the 14's were eyeing off a comfortable win which may become a factor later in the season. After seven rounds, Newcastle remains first, but has suffered one loss, which the second placed Macquarie has not suffered a loss, but has had two draws. With just the one loss so far, the 14's have been the big improvers for NCF this year. It looks like this competition will be close fought until the last round so every point counts.

13 years boys
NCF sits in fifth position going into the clash with Newcastle this weekend. Newcastle is undefeated and leads on goal difference by 15 over the other zones, so everybody has struggled against the favourites. Having rested after the washed out round and then the Easter break, the youngest of the NCF group should be busting to play this weekend.


Terry Allen
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North Coast Football
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21/04/11:
Central Coast v NCF - now CANCELLED



The 17/04/11 SYL fixtures vs Central Coast will not be replayed,

therefore they were not 'postponed' but cancelled.

Each match was declared a 1-1 draw & each team received a point

(but not the girls who had a bye).



Terry Allen
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North Coast Football
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13/04/11:
SYL travels to Central Coast – Round 7 Preview



SYL TRAVELS TO CENTRAL COAST – ROUND 7 PREVIEW

North Coast Football's (NCF) State Youth League (SYL) teams head to the Central Coast in the middle of the school holidays for their second clash this year with Central Coast.

The two zones met each other just three weeks back in round 4 at Woolgoolga where NCF posted two wins and one loss, with two of the games being decided by a one goal margin.

15 years boys
The 15's match against Central Coast was one of the most exciting seen this year with NCF just edging the visitor out 4-3 after going two goals behind. It also took some great defensive work late in the game to prevent Central Coast grabbing the points.

That sets the scene for what should be a cracking game at Lisarow this Sunday. A win for NCF will see them draw level with Newcastle who sit just above them at the top of the ladder, while a loss could mean they are pushed into third by Macquarie.

14 years boys
Of all the matches this weekend, the 14's will be keenest to take to the pitch. Their 6-0 result against Central Coast in March was their biggest win in two seasons. The thought of getting out there again is all the motivation they need & the 14's are jumping out of their skin to play.

Central Coast may also been looking forward to putting that result behind them, but they are yet to record a win in 2011 after six rounds while NCF sits in outright third position with four wins, one draw & one loss.

13 years boys
The last outing against Central Coast finished disappointingly for NCF with Central Coast edging past them 2-3 in a closely fought encounter. A few crucial decisions went the way of Central Coast in the match and are unlikely to be repeated, so NCF will be looking forward to balancing the result this Sunday.

The NCF 13's sit in fifth position with Central Coast in sixth, so there is never much separating them; either on the ladder or on the park.

The 16 years girls, who are unbeaten and in clear first place, have a bye this weekend as Central Coast does not have a girls team. After this week, there are two week's break in the competition before the much anticipated clash with Newcastle on May 1st.


Terry Allen
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North Coast Football
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10/04/11:
NCF v FMNC (South) - Results / Reports



NCF v FMNC (South) - Results / Reports


16 years girls

NCF 7 FMNC (South) 0


NCF 16 years girls shot a game clear of the rest of the comp after defeating Mid North Coast south 7-0 at Woolgoolga yesterday.

Despite the impressive score line, the NCF girls have taken a few issues away from the match which they will need to work on over the holiday break, in particular the need to finish more chances they create. In this match, the NCF girls totally dominated the game and led 6-0 at half time. However, the second half was a series of great build ups followed by wayward shots.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Emma Campbell played a strong game at right forward for NCF against Mid North Coast
- Photo by Terry Allen



An indication of what the score line could have been is in the fact that NCF were awarded no less than three penalties in the match and missed every one.

But the match was a fast paced affair played in warm conditions and produced several highlights, including a hat trick to Jessica Gunning in the first half.



click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jess Gunning on her way to a hat trick in the first half against Mid North Coast - Photo by Terry Allen


Also of note was the return of goalkeeper Alannah Rosewood after a lengthy injury which required surgery to her knee. Alannah came on with 15 minutes to go to the warm applause of her home supporters & everyone was glad to see her get through the last part of the game without trouble.

The NCF girls have two weeks off now with a bye this Sunday followed by the Easter break.

Looming immediately afterwards is this year's first confrontation with Newcastle who just moved into second place after a one goal victory over Macquarie.

That clash on May 1st will be one the rest of the competition will watch with interest as the first full round of matches comes to an end and teams jockey for positions in the top four.

- Report by Terry Allen

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Brittany Rollason won just about every ball she contested in the midfield at Woolgoolga on Sunday
- Photo by Terry Allen



Photo: Zac Smith out in front as NCF piles on the pressure on Sunday afternoon
15 years boys

NCF 6 FMNC (South) 1


The under 15 boys started off well and it took just fifteen minutes for Rees Duncan to make an excellent solo run in from the left wing to score the first goal.

Mid North Coast South then equalised just five minutes later with a great goal from thirty five metres out.

Photo: Zac Smith out in front as NCF piles on the pressure on Sunday afternoon


Liam Fuller getting through a heap of work in the NCF midfield against Mid North Coast
These two goals were the beginning of a series of great goals including a perfectly placed left footer from Zack Smith, a brilliant volley from Liam Fuller and a classic free kick around the wall from Lachlin Arthur.

A comfortable 6-1 win for North Coast Football.

- Report by Dave Shute



Liam Fuller getting through a heap of work in the NCF midfield against Mid North Coast



Photo: Judd Duncan fights for the ball against Mid North Coast at Woolgoolga on Sunday
14 years boys

NCF 2 FMNC (South) 0


After a week of wet weather it was great to see beautiful clear blue skies and a light sea breeze, perfect conditions for football.

NCF 14's took to the field against Mid North Coast South for the first time.

MNCS, having had mixed results so far this season, we went into the game not quite knowing what to expect.



Photo: Judd Duncan fights for the ball against Mid North Coast at Woolgoolga on Sunday

Photo: Ben Sonter lays the ball off for Kye Duncan NCF picked up where they left off two weeks ago, controlling the ball well, using the full width of the pitch and creating goal scoring opportunities.

However, MNCS defended hard in and around their eighteen yard box with any shot hit towards their six foot tall keeper dealt with confidently.

In the first half NCF's defence shut down any chance for MNCS to score goals with our back line working as one tight unit. MNCS's best scoring opportunity came from a free kick near half way which was expertly saved by keeper Joshua Barden.

Photo: Ben Sonter lays the ball off for Kye Duncan

NCF went to the break with a 1-0 lead.

After the half time break NCF started a little slow, unable to hold onto possession and string more than two passes together. However after about 5 minutes, the boys regained their composure dominating possession and field position.

As in the first half any small breaks were dealt with at the back by Tyh Murphy and Matthew Gray.

After many more chances on goal NCF finally found the back of the net again to give the boys a 2-0 win at full time.

It was another great performance by the boys and, although they still have aspects of the game to work on, the way they are playing as a team is great to see with everyone on the park giving one hundred percent.

Goals scored by Ben Sonter.

- Report by Shane Duncan (Manager)



13 years boys

NCF 2 FMNC (South) 2


The 13's started this match well with a number of forward moves that produced some good attempts at goal.

Again the team found themselves 1 - nil down and soon found the Mid North Coast team producing some good moves that created many chances.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Striker Adam Pickup lays into the ball as NCF fight back from a two goal deficit - Photo by Terry Allen


At half time the team seemed to believe the game was still there to be won and better passing and 'first to ball' produced some good chances again. Again they were caught square at back the second goal made it 2 - nil to the visitors.

Nearly from the restart the North Coast team seemed top take heart and a neat interchange of passes saw Mitch Gunning with the ball outside the area beat two defenders and blast the ball past the helpless keeper.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: Cormack Grant cops a ball in the face as NCF press hard to draw the match against Mid North Coast at Woolgoolga - Photo by Terry Allen

North coast then produced all the attributes they showed last week after their 6-1 win to take control of the game and their passing and running was great. Some more good passing saw the ball finding Travis Marker and his skill did the rest, 2-2 game on.

The game could have gone either way but full credit to the locals saw the team come back from 2 - nil down to draw 2-2. This leaves Mid North coast in third and North Coast still in fifth place behind Hunter.

Unluckily, injuries before the game to Kalem Rollason and in the game to Max Rose and Nathan Pollitt may see the team weakened for their visit to the Central Coast next Sunday.

Hopefully Max Rose's injury will only keep him out for this match and his return will be vital for the Newcastle match after Easter. Max, the team hopes you are back to training soon.

Again goals to Mitch Gunning and Travis Marker provided a great second half come back - well done boys.

- Report by Adrian Pickup (Coach)


Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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03/04/11:
Northern Inland v NCF - Results / Reports



Northern Inland v NCF - Results / Reports



16 years girls

NORTHERN INLAND 1 NCF 1


On Sunday North Coast Football's 16years girls took on Northern Inland in Armidale in beautiful autumn conditions.

The final outcome for the match was a draw at 1-1, which meant our girls have dropped their first points of the season.

After a week off with a bye, the NCF girls were ready for this match, though a few players were a bit sore from their first club match the day before.

Generally everyone was excited to get back onto the field.



click on photo to enlarge Photo: Gabby Bastick clears the ball from the back left at Armidale on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen



The match started fiercely with both teams wanting to win this as much as each other.

After creating some good plays and set up, NCF still hadn't been able to produce a goal until a brilliant left foot shot by Jessie Gentle, which curled in behind the keeper & hit the back of the net about two minutes after the kickoff.

For the rest of the first half, there were opportunities for both teams, but none successful.

As the second half started, NIF seemed just a little bit more eager for the ball, although both NCF and NIF had many great set ups and chances on goal.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Brittany Rollason had a dominant game in the midfield for NCF against Northern Inland on Sunday - Photo by Terry Allen



Sadly for NCF, the NIF girls put the ball long to be cut across to a striker and then struck into the net.

After this NCF did lift their game that little bit more to try and pull out the win. They made many brilliant breaks down the side or set ups, but couldn't get another in.

Well done girls, although it wasn't a win, it was a great game played and the team continues to grow in strength, with talent and as a team.

Goals : Jessica Gentle.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: Jodie Cooper worked tirelessly in defence for the NCF 16 years girls - Photo by Terry Allen

- Report by Jodie Cooper


Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Trish Duncan 14 years boys

NORTHERN INLAND 3
NCF 4


NCF 14 boys travelled to Armidale on Sunday expecting a physical and fast game. NIF kicked off and immediately started to press hard and applied pressure on every ball.

Considering the well won game last weekend, the NCF 14 boys seemed to start Sunday's match a little shaky. NCF seemed to find their feet around the 15 minute mark when they started to control the ball. This resulted in a good opportunity for Sean Butt to strike the ball only to see it narrowly go over the cross bar.

Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan

Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Trish Duncan
When the boys finally managed to play with a little more width, Sean received the ball out wide to cross the ball toward goal. The NIF goalie made an attempt to gather the ball in the air only to fumble it to ground where Ben Sonter had made a good run in toward goal. Ben cleaned up the loose ball & put it into the net.

The NCF boys still found it hard to play their normal passing game with the quick pressure from the NIF team. A long ball forward from the back reached Kye Duncan out wide on the left. He crossed the ball toward goal which was finished by Sean into the net.

Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan

Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Trish Duncan
It is good to see the boys following the ball in close to goal and finding the rewards.

The two goals from the NCF boys was not enough to keep them in front though, with NIF scoring 3 goals of their own in the first half. Half time score 3-2 NIF's way.

The second half found NIF still consistent with their pressure on the NCF boys. It was a tough half with few shots on goal at either end and although the NCF boys did not seem to play their best football against this team, they didn't give up.


Photo: 14s NORTHERN INLAND v NCF - Photo by Trish Duncan

With only about 5 minutes to go a few of the boys seemed to find a second wind, fighting hard for the ball and pressuring at every chance, which resulted in Ben finding himself with enough space to put the ball in to the back of the net from the eighteen yard box.

With their never give up attitude Judd Duncan won the ball from kick off who then passed it to Cadan Glattback who made no mistake getting the ball to Ben up front who then put the ball into the back of the net once again.

It was a tough and physical game and although not some of the best football NCF have played, the endeavour and will to win was most pleasing. The last five minutes of the game was the most exciting seen in some time.

- Report by Shane Duncan (Manager)



13 years boys

NORTHERN INLAND 1 NCF 6


North Coast travelled to Armidale to Play ay the UNE complex against a Northern Inland team from Armidale / Tamworth area.

Both teams lost last week so a full squad of 16 players assembled on Sunday Morning.

All players seemed ready for the contest but the Inland team seemed sure on letting North Coast they were there.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NORTHERN INLAND v NCF: Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Paul Rollason


A few early chances fell NCF's way but then a long floating ball saw it slip in the net and Inland went up 1- nil. This sent the North Coast team wayward and the slick passing of Inland created many chances but failed to get past the defence. Inland seemed to have many attacking players and a quick change of formation seemed to stem the flow of Inland chances.

Nic Raniere saw a long range chance and took it to see his shot hit the back and top of the net.


click on photo to enlarge Photo: NORTHERN INLAND v NCF: Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Paul Rollason


Half Time 1-1 & after some coaching words, the North Coast unit changed and a more determined and team sense of play prevailed. The Inlanders were now chasing leather with North coast winning the ball first and contesting with the energy and enthusiasm we all would expect from these kids.

The result was five un answered goals and some great football combinations from this North Coast Young team. This is what they can produce and should realise what they can do as a team, not as individuals. A great second half where all players showed what they can do.

click on photo to enlarge Photo: NORTHERN INLAND v NCF: Sun 3rd April 2011 - Photo by Paul Rollason

All players took to the field in the second half showed great commitment, skill and team work that will be required to take on the Strong Mid North coast South team (Foster area) next Sunday 10th April.

Both Josh and Harry (the keepers) did well with only one slipping past Josh and Harry keeping a clean sheet and only being tested from distance.

16 standouts from 16 players on a second half performance. Must work on this and produce 70 minutes.

Goal scorers second half Adam Pickup, Jack Meyers, Travis Marker, Adam Pickup and Mitchell Gunning.

Well done boys! That's what’s needed next week.

- Report by Adrian Pickup


Terry Allen
Media Officer
North Coast Football
Email: Terry Allen
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