Now the serious business begins
TWO legs of intense semi final football over the next two weekends will decide who will be playing in this year's Premier league grand finals on September 17.
Before any teams start thinking about playing on the C.ex Coffs International Stadium pitch in the season decider, they first need to lay a platform this weekend in the opening leg.
Scoring an away goal or two will be a top priority for Coffs United and Urunga as they face the Coffs Coast Tigers and Boambee respectively in the North Coast Hotel Group Mens Premier League.
This afternoon the Tigers play at home which makes them dangerous.
Since losing 4-2 to the Lions at Polwarth Drive in the opening match of the season, the Tigers have lost only one match on home soil since and that was by a solitary goal against Urunga.
Last time the local rivals met it was a 5-0 rout in favour of the reigning premier but the Tigers have improved toward the back end of the season and should prove difficult to break down defensively.
Boambee beat Urunga in their first encounter this season when Adam Pickup scoried two fantastic headers to win 2-0.
However the Bombers' recent form hasn't been great with just the one win from the final three rounds.
That run includes a woeful 9-1 loss to Urunga three weeks ago.
Urunga coach Peter Snow has no doubt Boambee's form will improve tomorrow.
"We look back to the game we lost against them (Boambee) rather than the game we won,” Snow said.
"I think that result was a bit of an aberration, it's not going to happen again.”
In the Womens Premier League, Urunga will be trying to knock out dominant premier Boambee.
The Raiders will be high on confidence after knocking off Coffs United last week but Boambee is another class.
The Eagles have dominated matches against Urunga so far this year winning all three games convincingly.
The clash at Woolgoolga is a harder one to predict the outcome of.
Last week the Wildcats beat Maclean to qualify for the finals but despite this the Bobcats are possibly slight favourites due to its strong finish to the season which saw them lose only two of their final nine matches.
NORTH COAST FOOTBALL
Semi Finals - First Leg
Mens Premier League
Today - 3pm
Coffs Coast Tigers v Coffs United
Tomorrow - 2pm
Boambee v Urunga
Womens Premier League
Today - 3pm
Woolgoolga v Maclean
Urunga v Boambee