It’s a massive weekend for senior men’s football on the Coffs Coast weekend with two local clubs taking on the best from Newcastle for the right to progress on the national stage in the Australia Cup.
Coffs City United Lions and Coffs Coast Tigers will be playing in Round six of the cup on Saturday, and if they win, they’ll play again on Monday in Round seven. Should the Lions and Tigers win both of their matches this weekend, they’ll progress to the national Round of 32.
If they make it through to Round of 32, both will host matches in Coffs Harbour in nationally televised matches potentially against the likes of Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Brisbane Roar.
The Lions and Tigers have earned the right to play in this weekend’s play-offs following preliminary rounds on the coast and New England in February and March.
Both Coffs based teams are performing well in Coastal Premier League Men. Coffs United is undefeated at the top of the table after eight matches, and the Tigers are third with five wins, a loss and two draws.
On Saturday, Coffs Coast Tigers are on the road to Newcastle and, at 2 pm, play Cooks Hill United FC at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Field. If they win on Saturday, they’ll return to Coffs Football Centre synthetics to play the winner of Newcastle Olympic and Lake Macquarie City at 2 pm on Monday.
Coffs United will take on Broadmeadow Magic at Forsyth Park (McLean Street) in Coffs Harbour at 5 pm Saturday. If they win on Saturday, they’ll travel to Newcastle and on Monday at 2 pm play the winner of Maitland FC and Weston FC.
In the local Newcastle National Premier League competition, Broadmeadow Magic is first with seven wins from 11 matches. Cooks Hill is ninth with two wins from nine matches. (Source: NNSWF).
No North Coast club has ever made it through to the national Round of 32. Last year, Broadmeadow Magic and Newcastle Olympic progressed to the Round of 32. (Source: NNSWF)
Background (Source: FA)
The Australia Cup is a national knockout tournament run by Football Australia in conjunction with every State and Territory Member Federation.
The competition commences with the Preliminary Rounds before moving into the Final Rounds (from the Round of 32 onwards), the stage when the A-League clubs join the fray.
Every cup tie must be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties to determine the results of matches drawn after 90 minutes.
In 2021 over 700 clubs from around the country are competing in the Preliminary Rounds.
Comments by Andrew Woodward, General Manager, North Coast Football
One day, a club from the coast will progress to the national Round of 32.
It might just be this year. We have our best chances yet. Both Coffs clubs are a real chance.
We’re hoping a big crowd turns out to support the Lions on Saturday.
We’d love to see that crowd return on Monday to cheer on the Tigers if they get through on Saturday.
Either way, full credit to both teams. They’re great football ambassadors for the coast.