Relegation in the balance
GRAFTON could find itself without a premier league soccer team if Westlawn Tigers lose a relegation match against Nambucca Strikers in three weeks time.
The match is not guaranteed to go ahead, as Nambucca must win second division and meet a series of other criteria before they are allowed to participate in North Coast Football's premier division.
But it is a threat the Tigers are not taking lightly, and the team will remain in training despite losing their final round match on Sunday and earning the wooden spoon.
"It's a possibility that the Nambucca Strikers will apply to get into the premier league, but there's a process to be followed before any relegation match is scheduled," Westlawn Tigers coach Robert Usher said.
"There is criteria for Premier League clubs to have sheds at their home grounds and a minimum of two senior teams, but if they do follow up that process there would be a one game play-off.
"Yamba got promotion over Westlawn a few years back, but they were getting beaten 18 and 20 nil in some games. It's a big difference in standard between premier league and second division."
Usher said it would be a shame for not only Westlawn, but for Grafton soccer, if his side was to be relegated to second division.
"Through our own poor form we have allowed ourselves to be put in this position," Usher said.
"We've viewed this season as a development year and it would be a shame if Grafton wasn't represented in Premier League."