Our soccer dream team win points to big things next season
JONATHAN See is already eyeing better things for next year after helping the cream of the region's soccer players claim silverware and bragging rights.
The tricky attacker scored two goals, and also converted a spot-kick to help his FNC side claim a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Murwillumbah FC.
Twenty-six kicks were needed to decide the contest, which pitted an All Stars XI from the region against the Gold Coast Premier League champions.
Richmond Rovers player See said he had been privileged to feature in the long-awaited contest - the first of its kind for more than a decade.
"It was quite an honour," he said.
"You play your best throughout the year and get your reward.
"It was quite a test for us, but it was great to be involved."
The visitors forced extra time, though, after claiming a late equalizer to make it 2-2 in Friday night's contest.
Neither team could find a winning goal in the additional period, forcing the shootout.
Both sides missed three kicks in sudden death, before Lismore Workers defender Paddy Kable finally struck the winner to give FNC a 10-9 win.
See said he had enjoyed linking up with FNC against the handy Tweed outfit.
"It was faster than what we are used to," he said.
"It was quite physical as well.
"Everyone has wanted a game like this (to be held)."
See has been with Rovers for about 12 years.
They went down in the semi-finals of this season's Football FNC men's premier division.
"It's just the camaraderie and the mateship I enjoy," he said.
"We are a bunch of mates.
"We don't take it too seriously - until it comes to September.
"We have a few players coming back to the club next year, so we should be stronger.
"Will we up there next season? I think we have a shot."