ANNUAL CONTEST: Captains Luke Wighton (Wolves) and Scott Goddard (Lions) take a grip on the Barselaar Shield. NCF Publicity
ANNUAL CONTEST: Captains Luke Wighton (Wolves) and Scott Goddard (Lions) take a grip on the Barselaar Shield. NCF Publicity

Wolves and Lions playing in honour of Tony

THEY may be at opposite ends of the premiership but today's Barselaar Shield match between Coffs City United and Woolgoolga Wolves at High St will be a ripper.

The shield is awarded annually in memory of the late Tony Barselaar, a legend of local football who served both clubs with distinction.

Tony was a long-time volunteer with the Lions before moving the family to Woolgoolga.

His grown-up children still live in the area and continue to be involved in the game through coaching junior teams and playing the occasional match in the over-35s.

A few years back, Tony's children had a trophy created to commemorate their dad's service to the Lions and Wolves, and every time the teams meet they play in his memory.

In past years, the draw has allowed each team from juniors right through to men's and women's premier league to compete on the same weekend.

The club with the highest aggregate points is declared the winner. But in 2014, the winner of the shield will be determined by the fortunes of the Club Coffs Premier League and reserve grade teams only.

The matches will be played at the Woolgoolga High St fields with reserve grade at 1pm, followed by the main event at 3pm.

  • A service for the late Kodjo Adjassou will be held today from 11am at Harbourside Church, Harbour Dr, Coffs Harbour. After the service, internment will follow at Karangi Lawn Cemetery. For further details, refer to the family funeral notice.

CLUB COFFS PREMIER LEAGUE

Women
Today
Boambee v Northern Storm (3pm Ayrshire Park)
Woolgoolga v Orara Valley (3pm High St)
Coffs United v Urunga (3pm McLean St)

Men
Today
Woolgoolga v Coffs United (3pm High St)
Orara Valley v Boambee (4pm Upper Orara)
Westlawn v Maclean (5pm Barnier Park)
Sawtell v Urunga (5pm Toormina Oval)
Tomorrow
Northern Storm v Coffs Coast Tigers (2pm Korora)