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Fascinating free-for-all in Men’s 2nd Division North

July 13th, 2021

One of the true joys of sport is the uncertainty of result – and nowhere is that more evident than in the Men’s 2nd Division North competition.
Before a ball was kicked in joy at season’s start, more than a few speculated the johnny hots in Westlawn would prove too strong.
Akin to the final ceremonial stage of the Tour de France, where the race leader going in is unchallenged.
But Westlawn are being more than pressured – and that’s for the good of the game.
Yaraygir sit just one point adrift of the Westlawn Jaguars in second place – though it’s a rubik’s conundrum with so many matches deferred on the back of weather-affected ground closures.
Westlawn have two teams in the division, and the Jaguars are purring along with Yuraygir, while Coutts Crossing and Grafton United are well in the mix.
“This competition is quite interesting because every team has had one or two losses or been held to draws,” Balla Traore, who manages Westlawn’s Jaguars and Tigers squads, said.
“It may well come down to who can keep their nerve, have some luck with injuries, and be able to train well.”
Of the in-club competition between the two Westlawn sides in the 2nd Division, Balla said it was a case of how well the players were gelling.
“The Jaguars are doing better than the Tigers so far. There’s some brothers in the Jaguars and they are just finding that chemistry,” he said.
“Now it’s all about trying to get that momentum in the remainder of the season.”
Interestingly, Westlawn, with five senior men’s sides, may be a candidate in the expression of interest underway which could see an expansion next season of the Coastal Premier League.
Travel had been seen as a barrier in the past to participation, but like the tussle for the Men’s 2nd Division North title – things can change.
“It’s a question of should we be heading in that direction? Certainly we have a couple of younger guys who want to play at the highest level,” Balla said.
Image: Westlawn Facebook page

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