THE first week of the Women’s Division 1 semi finals have thrown up an unusual situation for Woolgoolga.
The club’s two teams finished the season in third and fourth position which means they’ll meet each other on Saturday in a knockout semi.
Club president Peter Knott said the unusual situation will make for an interesting build up to the match but it’s not a situation that was entirely unexpected.
“From our point of view we knew from about half way through the season that they could play each other at the end of the season,” Knott said.
“We knew that they would either finish in the top four or the next four and now that it’s happened we’ll just see how they go.”
While the number one team will enter the contest at Clive Joass Memorial Sports Park as the favourite, Knott believes the number two team is just as big a chance of progressing through to next week.
“On paper they’re fairly even, there’s a good mix of experience and youth in both teams,” he said.
“It’s good that they’re both there (in the Division 1 semis) but it’s unfortunate that they have to meet each other.”
Boambee and Urunga are vying for which team will be first into the grand final to be played on September 15.
The Eagles have been undefeated this season but Urunga coach Trevor Martin believes the challenge his team faces at Ayrshire Park will be one the girls are capable are stepping up to.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Martin said.
“Having played against them through the year we think we know how to go about playing against them.
“Hopefully we’ve learned a few things from those matches that will hold us in good stead.
Martin said minimising mistakes to reduce the number of opportunities Boambee have to attack against the Raiders will be a key in producing a strong performance.
In Division 2 Nambucca hosts Boambee’s number two team with a spot in the grand final up for grabs while Orara Valley travels to McLean St to face Coffs United in a do-or-die semi.
The first team into the Division 3 grand final will be either Macksville or Bellingen who meet on Saturday at Bellevue Drive while the knockout semi is a clash between Urunga 2 and Sawtell.
The match between the Raiders and Scorpions will be part of a big day of football at the Cabbage Patch with the Men’s Premier League semi final between Urunga and the Northern Storm following on from the women’s encounter.