Bobcats reserves flying Maclean flag in finals
MACLEAN Bobcats will aim to bring home the club's first Men's Reserve Grade title since making the move south to join North Coast Football when they take on Coffs Coast United Lions at C.ex Coffs Stadium today.
The Bobcats finished the regular season in second spot behind the Lions and progressed to the decider courtesy of a 3-1 win at home last weekend, which gave them a 4-2 aggregate.
As the only Clarence Valley team represented on grand final day, Bobcats player Giuseppe Terranova said he didn't mind heading into the clash wearing the underdogs tag.
"We lost at home to them 5-0 and down there 5-1," Terranova recalled.
"The loss at home was a deserved result. The boys were a bit awestruck because they do have a very big squad so a fair few first graders play reserve grade.
"But down there we were a lot better than the score suggested, so we're happy to go in as underdogs."
The Men's Reserve Grade match kicks off at 2.50pm.
Earlier Boambee Bombers will play Corindi Breakers in Men's 3rd Division South and Dorrigo Cedars versus Orara Valley Dingoes in Women's 2nd Division, both at 10am.
Boambee Eagles take on Northern Storm Cyclones in Women's Reserve Grade while Sawtell Scorpions and Nambucca Strikers do battle in Men's 2nd Division South at 12.15pm.
At 4.50pm is the Women's Premier League final between Boambee Eagles and CCUFC Lionesses, followed by CCUFC Lions and Urunga Raiders in Men's Premier League at 7pm.
Player of the Year, Men: Naomichi Matsuda (Boambee); Women: Jessie Gentle (Woolgoolga).
Coach of the Year, Men: Paul Pomroy (Urunga); Women: Brett Collison (Grafton Utd).
Goalkeeper of the Year, Men: Jake Stitt (Boambee); Women: Alana Bennett (Woolgoolga).
Golden Boot, Men: Jamie Kennedy (Northern Storm); Women: Sarah Skinner (Maclean).
Referee of the Year: Phil Townsend
Fair Play Awards: Maclean Bobcats (Men's Reserve); Urunga Raiders (Women's Reserve); Grafton United (Men's 2nd Div Nth); Coffs Coast Tigers (Men's 2nd Div Sth); Yamba Breakers (Men's 3rd Div Nth); Macksville Stingers (Men's 3rd Div Sth); Orara Valley Dingoes (Women's 2nd Div), Sawtell (Men's Over 35s).
Minor Premiers: CCUFC Lions (Men's Premier League); Boambee Eagles (Women's Premier League); CCUFC Lions (Men's Reserve); Boambee Eagles (Women's Reserve); Yamba Breakers (Men's 2nd Div Nth); Sawtell Scorpions (Men's 2nd Div Sth); Tucabia Wooli Bears (Men's 3rd Div Nth); Boambee Bombers (Men's 3rd Div Sth); Dorrigo Cedars (Women's 2nd Div), CCUFC Lions (Men's Over 35).
Club of the Year: Urunga Raiders