Women kick off first grand final of the season tonight
A BUSY week of catch-up games has left only Alstonville and Bangalow standing in the Far North Coast Ladies premier division football with the grand final tonight.
Despite a difficult year with injuries Alstonville put it all together at the right time, defeating Lismore Workers and then minor premier Bangalow to become the first side to qualify for the grand final.
After dominating this year's competition, Bangalow were left to regroup and face Lismore Workers in the preliminary final on Tuesday night.
The minor premiers responded to the challenge with a 4-1 win with recently crowned Far North Coast Ladies Golden Boot and Player of the Year Jade Bianchetti leading the way.
The dual award-winner scored 40 goals during the normal season and she again proved hard to contain with two first-half goals before an own goal and a late Hollie Jarrett strike completed a comprehensive win.
Bangalow now has only a few days before facing its arch rival in the competition-decider.
Alstonville coach Rob Sheehan has his team riding high on confidence leading into the final.
Villa has played its best football of the season in its last two games showing great confidence and enthusiasm.
He will look to players such as midfielder Jess Woolfe and striker Chelsea Coleman along with defensive pair Erin Huntsman and Setina Smith to give him strength through the centre of the pitch.
Bangalow, of course, has the competition's best player in Bianchetti and her battle with Huntsman and the competition's top goal keeper Georgia Spencer may go a long way to deciding the match.
But Bangalow is a long way from being a one-player team with fellow striker Rose Argent and dynamic attacking midfielder Hollie Jarrett giving Bangalow the most feared attack in the region.
Behind that attack Bangalow coach Paul Hanigan can call on hard-working Rhianna Rudgley and talented defender Tanika Hand to lead a committed side desperate to reverse the semi-final loss and complete the competition double.
Either way, with many of the region's top female players on display fans should be treated to a great match.
JUNIOR SOCCER Grand finals
This weekend will see grand finals played in all 15 Football FNC 12- to 16-year-old competitions. With the unavailability of Oakes Oval, Lismore, grand finals have been moved to Skennars Head as well as Barrow Lane in North Lismore.
Tomorrow, Skennars Head: Grade 12 9am Tintenbar East Ballina v Mullumbimby BV; Gr 13 10.15am Eureka v Richmond Rovers; Gr 13/11 1.45pm Alstonville v Lismore Thistles; Gr 14 Alstonville v South Lismore; Gr 15 12.30pm Byron Bay v Lismore Thistles; Gr 16 2pm Casino v Bangalow; Gr 12/2 9.15am Lismore Workers v South Lismore; Grade 12/2 10.30am Bangalow Tintenbar v East Ballina; Gr 14/2 12pm Richmond Rovers v Dunoon; Gr 14/2 1.30pm Ballinav Eureka; Gr 15/2 3pm Uki v Ballina
Sunday, Barrow Lane North Lismore: Gr 13 9:30am AMA'Ville Red Devils v Bangalow; Gr 14 11am Lismore Workers v PottsvilleGirls; Gr 15 12:30pm Italo Stars v DunoonGirls; Gr 16 2pm Lismore Thisltes v Woodburn