Tigers spared the axe
WESTLAWN Tigers have avoided relegation from the North Coast Football premier league ahead of the final date on the junior football calendar.
The premier league Tigers could have spent this week preparing for a game against 2nd Division premiers Grafton City that could have ended in their relegation.
City officially declined the chance at promotion, while Nambucca Heads are ineligible to apply.
Outgoing Westlawn president Dick Pryor said the club was happy to remain in the top competition.
"We should never have put ourselves in that position but we are happy to remain in the premier league," Pryor said.
"From a player's perspective it's great: it would've been a month since our last game, and a few players could have looked at it as a nothing game.
"It's in that situation you can lose, so we're pretty happy to avoid that."
The Tigers den at Barnier Park will be a hive of activity today with the junior zone championships.
The championships, better known locally as the "Champions of Champions", will pit the Clarence Valley and Coffs premiers against each other in four junior grades.
Westlawn were the most successful club this year and will have three teams taking part, including the under-14s blockbuster.
"Our 14s were undefeated throughout the season and Woolgoolga went through theirs without loss as well," Pryor said.
"It's shaping up to be a big game. The 16s will have a tough time against Boambee who have about 10 rep players in their side."
Pryor will step down as president at tomorrow's AGM after three years in the role.
"I always said I'd do it for three years and that's up now," Pryor said. "It's a big commitment. It's a good time for the club to get some new ideas.
"I'll still be around the grounds but I won't be president."
Champion of Champions
Barnier Park, today
12s: Westlawn Tigers v Coffs Coast Cougars
15s: Maclean Green v CCUFC Lions
14s: Westlawn Tigers v Woolgoolga Dolphins
17s: Westlawn Tigers v Boambee Bombers