A North Coast Football initiation

By Chris Dunkerley:

Northern NSW Football, like all Australian State level federations contain local associations with local club competitions (from juniors, male and female, up to varying standards of senior competition).

North Coast Football is one of those associations, with a catchment area stretching from Macksville in the south, to Dorrigo in the west, and Yamba in the north.

At FFA Cup level, Boambee Bombers FC and Urunga Raiders FC men’s Club Coffs Premier League teams played in the finals of the NNSWF State Cup (a feeder competition to the FFA Cup) over the weekend of 21-22 June, 2014.

Urunga faced Newcastle NPL side South Cardiff Gunners FC first up and put up a brave effort before going down 5 – 2. Boambee defeated New Lambton 2 – 0 before going down to tournament favorites, Broadmeadow Magic FC 5-1 in the semi-final.

The final was to be played last Wednesday (9 July) evening, but a power failure at Magic Stadium (Wanderers Oval, Broadmeadow) caused a reschedule. This was replayed tonight and Broadmeadow Magic ran out Cup winners 6 penalties to 4, after it was 1-1 AET.

In the North Coast Football senior men’s competion, the Club Coffs Premier League, has 10 teams competing.

After having moved up to Sawtell a few weeks ago I attended my first CCPL game on Sunday. It was between Boambee Bombers FC, sitting 4th on the league, and Orara Valley Dingoes FC, and played at the picturesque Boambee home ground of Ayrshire Park. Just under 2km west off the Pacific Highway at Middle Bombee 10km south of Coffs Harbour, it is surrounded by acreages and hills with bananas and tall trees.

Boambee Bombers FC 8
Orara Valley Dingoes FC 1

Sunday 13 July, 2014 – 2pm
At Ayrshire Park, corner of Middle Boambee Road and Ayrshire Park Drive, Boambee.

Unfenced, the ground had an amenities area, with changing rooms and canteen, and a small under cover area for standing fans. Most of the 100 or so in attendance sat in folding chairs in the fading sun around the perimeter giving a respectful space from the sideline. Referee officials were in the middle and both sidelines.

Boambee play in maroon and white, while Orara Valley (in 10th position) played in yellow and black.

With Boambee running somewhat downhill I expected Orara to be in for an early pasting, but they looked surprisingly competitive until conceding after about 20 minutes. By half-time they were down 3-1.

The second half turned into a rout as the open nature of play continued. It seemed the game plans were see who can score most and don’t worry about defence. Orara’s central defensive pairing was slow and cumbersome, but it was more the tactical naivety of the visitors that let them down. That and some sharp marksmanship by Bombee, plus woeful finishing by Orara Valley when they did get chances.

An enjoyable afternoon watching football as a neutral in the sun and in lovely surroundings (even if they did run out of Urunga Bakery sausage rolls before half-time in the canteen.)

Some photos:

Ayrshire Park, Boambee

Ayrshire Park, Boambee



By Chris Dunkerley, for BOTN

16 July, 2014