In honour of the two special people lost to the Football Family late in 2015, Urunga Raiders and Northern Storm dedicated this round of the competition to the Erlandsen’s by creating a Memorial Shield.
On Saturday the second of April, both the Men and Women Premier and Reserve grade teams played for the right to take out the inaugural Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen Memorial Shield. This will be an ongoing event between the Clubs each year to honour their club members.
The day began with the Women’s Reserves playing a fast moving game with plenty of opportunities at each end. It was probably a touch of good fortune that saw a cross from the left lob over the keeper into the top right corner of the net to seal the game.
Urunga Raiders 1 (Moore) v Northern Storm 0
In a very high scoring match, the Men’s Reserves game saw Urunga Raiders take full toll on the Northern Storm team, missing a number of usual starters and probably a little underdone at the start of the season. The score says it all, but that should not take away from the great goals.
Urunga Raiders 11 (Pettit 4, Foran 4, Trist 2, Livingstone 1) v Northern Storm 0
In what would arguably be called the match of the day, the Coffs Deep Sea Fishing Club WPL was a sensational game. Goals came from everywhere with speed and skill displayed by both teams. Full Time came too soon for the crowd, but not for the exhausted players, and it was probably appropriate the match ended in a 5 all draw.
Prior to the main game both Clubs Teams and the Match Officials lined the 18 Yard box to hear the current Club Presidents recall their experiences with Dixie and Rachel. This was followed by everyone at the ground observing a minutes silence to honour the ladies.
The North Coast Hotel Group Premier League match started in a scintillating manner, with Urunga scoring two quick goals. Northern Storm did manage to recover and limit the damage to those two goals at the half time break. The second half was a tough and at times feisty affair, with both sides making great opportunities, but failing to convert. It was only late in the second half that two more goals to the Raiders snuffed out any chance of a Storm miracle, although they did manage a consolation goal before the final whistle.
After the Game, Dixie’s mother Mavis was on hand to give a beautiful speech and present the Inaugural Dixie and Rachel Erlandsen Memorial Shield to the Urunga Raiders President, Grant Homes.