The Boambee Eagles have claimed the North Coast Hotel Group WPL Premiership for the third year running, still with 5 games to play.
Currently 17 points ahead, the Eagles won in spectacular style over the weekend, putting 8 past Northern Storm. With Coffs United drawing their match against Urunga, the Eagles now cannot be caught at the top of the ladder.
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In the Premier League, Boambee Bombers’ chances of winning the premiership slipped over the weekend as they could only manage a draw against Coffs Coast Tigers. Coffs United and Urunga Raiders both won their Round 14 games, with the Raiders now a point behind Boambee and a game in hand.
Boambee Bombers vs Coffs Coast Tigers
Boambee headed to Polwarth to take on fourth placed Coffs Coast Tigers, knowing that a win would keep them within reach of 1st place.
However, a loss for the Tigers would see them drop out of the top four. Both teams had plenty to play for, and it showed in the first half, with favourites Boambee struggling to play their football against a physical Tigers’ side. Instead, both teams were scrappy in midfield and locked in a constant arm wrestle.
The Tigers scored first, and were leading for most of the game. A clearance out of the Bombers defence fell to a Tiger’s player, who spotted Boambee keeper Jake Stitt off his line, and lobbed him from over 40 yards.
The physicality of the match didn’t die down after half time, with both sides guilty of foul play. This tension finally boiled over when Liam Fuller was sent off for handling an opposition player. Players from both teams were involved in a scuffle, and once they were separated, both sides finally started to play some football.
The Tigers had several good chances to extend their lead, but poor finishing held them back. A penalty in the 60th minute was skewed well over the bar, and just minutes later Boambee capitalised on this mistake by drawing level – with super-sub Adam Berrada finishing off a good team goal.
Boambee then continued to play with purpose despite fielding just ten men, but they couldn’t find a winner.
In a very tense and heated battle, the 1-1 draw was probably a fair score.
Coffs United vs Northern Storm
Coffs United beath Northern Storm 4-0 on Sunday despite missing several players through injury.
The first half was an even affair, and Northern Storm were gifted several good chances to take the lead from uncharacteristic mistakes made by the Lions’ back four. However, it was Coffs United who struck first, with Nick Lambert finishing off Lorenzo Rigoni’s strong run down the left wing.
Northern Storm were still hanging on, and had several chances to draw level before the break, but finishing in front of goal let them down.
After the break Coffs United ran away with the match, and for all their possession finally got the goals to show for it. Scott Goddard, Gum Mayak and substitute Gum Dongrin scored to win the match 4-0.