Deaths, taxes, Urunga and Boambee – some things are givens in life in the North Coast Football women’s 1st Division competition.
If you were picking the grand finalists this far out, it’s a “lock it in, Eddie”, for an Eagles v Urunga finale.
The two juggernaughts went at one another at the weekend in a 1-all result, and Eagles coach Neil Witherdin was thoughtful on the heavyweight contest and how it played out.
“Both teams created chances and it was nil-all at halftime. We probably should have cleaned it up, but if you clock off for a second against Urunga that’s what they’ll do,” Neil said.
The visitors did just that to score early after the resumption before Boambee levelled from the spot after a handball with about 10 seconds remaining.
“We had been pressing for a long time but it came (the goal) right at the end,” Neil said.
The Eagles coach believes there is close to diddly squat between the two champion outfits.
“It may well come down to who can keep their players on the field,” Neil said.
“It’s going to be a battle. They have a better goal difference because they are just so clinical.”
Neil said he could see positives for Woolgoolga and Maclean – the other two clubs in the women’s top tier.
“Woolgoolga are really physical and we’ve had trouble with them. They don’t quit, mate. They can be five down and they just keep coming. They have that determination,” he said.
“And Maclean. They’ve got some good players, and look at all the travel they have to do.
“If you put two more top players into Woopi and maybe three into Maclean – they would be as good as anyone.”
Neil said the Eagles were working to find a more dominating psyche to their mindset.
“We need that hard edge. Woopi have it, Urunga have it. We’re trying to learn.”
Neil said he would love to see more clubs enter the elite competition.
“It takes a lot of work, and that’s from the top (president) down. But you have to have that aspiration and not just be in a comfort zone. Because if you play against better players you’ll get better yourself.”
Photo: Boambee and Urunga before their clash in Indigenous round at the weekend at Ayrshire Park.
Image courtesy Boambee