Twice as nice for Yamba
YAMBA Football Club is celebrating its two grand final wins at Coffs Harbour's BCU International stadium on Saturday.
The Lower Clarence club claimed both the second and third division premierships in comfortable fashion, with the Yamba Yellow second grade side toppling the Woolgoolga Dolphins 3-0 and the Yamba Breakers third (north)division team thumping Coutts Cougars 4-0.
The third division of the North Coast Football competition is split into north and south arms, with the winners of the southern arm hailing from Corindi/Red Rock.
The Corindi/ Red Rock breakers downed the Nambucca Strikers Spirit 3-2 in a hard-fought, and sometimes heated exchange to finish the season.
No Clarence Valley sides made it to the grand finals of the top division competitions.
The NCF grand finals were played for the first time under the full capacity of BCU International Stadium's new light towers.
For the second year in a row, the men's decider was lopsided, with Coffs City United Lions hammering the Urunga Raiders 4-1.
The women's final, however, was a thriller. For the past three years the women's grand final has gone to extra time, Coffs United and Urunga went into overtime last year and Urunga defeated Corindi that way the year before.
On Saturday, Coffs United came within a minute of claiming back-to-back titles before it unravelled in an avalanche of Woolgoolga goals, and the Wildcats claimed their first victory in the top flight competition since the mid 1990s.
The final score in the women's match was 4-1, after a 1-1 scoreline forced extra time.
"In the men's match, Coffs United were once again superior in every facet of the match," NCF publicity officer Terry Allen said.
"There is not a club like them for turning up to play on grand final night and the Lions were certainly ready for this one, as they have been all season, with just the one loss to tarnish their record.
"Urunga Raiders have given Coffs their toughest matches this year, but as Coffs Tigers found out last season, what happens earlier in the year matters little when the grand final kicks off."