Time of the Tigers
By LEITH BASSET
Tigers senior coach
THE Grafton Tigers Under-18s head to Coffs International Stadium today to play in a grand final match against the Nambucca Lions.
These two teams finished 1 and 2 on the ladder at the end of the regular season, so it is fitting that they should play out the game to see who gets to take home the spoils.
It should be a cracking game of footy, as will all the games be on big day of the 2005 North Coast AFL season.
The two teams have played each other twice this year, the first game being at the Tigers Den, Ellem Oval and the second game being the first Final at the International Stadium.
The teams are one a piece, with the Tigers winning the home game and the Lions going straight through to the Grand final with their victory two weeks ago.
The records from previous meetings all indicate that this will be a close, hard fought game.
The Tigers have played the more football over the last couple of weeks, so this could work in their favour as they should have the miles under their legs and the required hardness they need to win the flag.
The boys in this team have shown that they are capable of winning the flag all year, and I am sure that they will do themselves, the club and the town proud as they attempt to bring home the bacon.
As anyone who plays sport would tell you, it is the opportunity to play in, and hopefully win, a grand final and that keeps you coming back every year, so it is a great privilege for the boys.
There has been may a sports person that has never had the opportunity to do what these boys are doing today, so hopefully they take advantage of this chance and win the flag.
The reserve grade is between Port Macquarie Magpies and South Coffs Swans and will begin straight after the Under-18s presentation with the first grade grand final between the reigning premiers North Coffs Kangaroos taking on this year's minor premiers, the Sawtell Saints.
Both of these games should be top quality football and definitely worth a look.
Good luck to all players and I hope a great day will be had by all.
If you can get to Coffs to support our boys please do, and if you can't make sure you give them a pat on the back and wish them the best.
Hopefully we can hang a premiership flag up in Grafton this year after a great victory today.