Yamba Breakers host grand finals
IT HAS been a long time since Angourie Sport Fields has seen a grand final, but North Coast Football is set to break the drought.
The undefeated run of Yamba Breakers in the 2nd Division North competition, in which they claimed 46 of a possible 48 points, was rewarded by NCF as the club will host grand final day.
Yamba, who have easily been the form team of the season, put an exclamation point on their impeccable efforts with an 8-1 thrashing of Grafton City Phoenix.
Club president Mark Skippings estimated that the last time the Breakers hosted the grand final was almost a decade ago.
"I think it might've been 2005 and that was when we were still under the CRSA (Clarence River Soccer Association)," Skippings said.
"We haven't had one since moving to North Coast Football."
While Yamba still haven't qualified for the big dance, their imposing record shouldn't leave any cause for doubt.
The impressive Breakers have scored 71 goals from their 16 games - an average of 4.4375 per game - while letting only 17 through (1.0625 gpg).
They have built much of that success off team play, as they enter one of their most successful season in the record books.
"We had a really good year in 2009, but the competition was a bit bigger then," Skippings said.
"We've got some good, talented players in there. To end the season undefeated is massive."
Grand final day will feature the deciders of 2nd Division North, 3rd Division North, and all junior competitive grades except the 15/16s, who will play on Friday night.
The 15/16s venue is yet to be determined, but will most likely be played at the home ground of the highest ranking team, which at this stage is Maclean White.