Rovers take on Thistles in Anzac final

The first major event of the Football Far North Coast season, the Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup and Callan McMillan Shield competitions, will be completed this Saturday.

Games will be played at Oakes Oval and Crozier Oval, Lismore, and will match Lismore Richmond Rovers and Lismore Thistles in the premier division final at Oakes Oval commencing at 6pm.

Rovers, the current Anzac Cup holders, will field a team that boasts flair in attack and experience and stability in the defensive line. Coach Scott Coster has the luxury of choosing from an array of talent that can test any team and, with the unlimited interchange format, is expected to have plenty of ammunition to throw at the opposition.

Thistles have started 2009 with the same momentum that saw the young team reach the premiership preliminary final in 2008. Under the stewardship of Ken McPherson and evergreen captain Darren Beardow, Thistles are expected to play a well-structured, solid game.

Thistles always look much more composed when they control the ball and McPherson will be stressing to his young squad the need to play this way if they are to frustrate Rovers into chasing and defending, a game that no team likes to play.

Both squads are expected to be close to full strength and, despite recent wet weather, the Oakes Oval pitch will hopefully provide a fast and furious game between these two outstanding traditional clubs. The other games include Womens Open B and Open A, Boys Grade 16 and Mens Open B and Open A in a day that should draw a big crowd.

Entry for both venues will be via Oakes Oval with an entry cost of $5 for persons 16 years and over. A licensed bar will also operate from 1.30pm and ther are full canteen facilities.

For more information, phone Steve Mackney general manager FFNC, 0438 215 593.

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