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Urunga Raiders V Grafton United Round 7

The Raiders back at home on the svelte (but thirsty) surfaces of the Cabbage Patch, sunshine pouring down to boot and look you just wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Today’s prey a rejuvenated Grafton United sitting in 5th place after 6 rounds, yes you read that correctly- 6th spot. A 3-2 result over the Northern Storm and 1-0 over Coffs Coast Tigers. Stone motherless last in 2017, conceded an eye-watering 170 goals in that season (9.4/game for you mathematicians out there) scoring 6, I just have no idea what that could do to your football state of mind, but here they are winning matches a true testament to resolve and perhaps therapy.

All in the past though, the United machine exuded a vitality, enthusiasm and will to win on display as the visitors defended in an organized and drilled fashion led by a calm Richard Akoto in the heart of the purple defense. United had to be as well, the Raiders looked as committed as I’ve seen them. Kale Hopper painting a football picture for the small but parochial crowd, his incisive passes a constant threat to the United defense. So no surprise after Hopper stroked pass for Pablo Kastner to whack in on 19 minutes. Kastener’s one touch control set up the opportunity and really denied any chance of a save from Grafton’s keeper Wylie Tynan. The rest of the half, a series of Raiders attacks with perhaps ‘the ginger bread’ Jai Waddick man somewhat unlucky after he bounced one off the underside of the crossbar mmm not easy to do and fire a couple of other chances wide. The Raiders 1 up at the break.

Jake Leslie, for the Raiders, came on 10 minutes into the start of the second stanza producing an immediate effect. A United defense that was creaking looked about to come unstuck, Leslie slipping a variety of cleaver balls to Raider runners to capitalize on. Tim Rupprecht on the end a of few, but to their credit Grafton were able to deflect all chances, right up until Cale Simmonds thumped one in with 10 to go. It was on the back of a fast break the United defence somewhat disorganized, Rupprecht good enough to slide a pass to Simmonds who did the rest.

The final score 2-0 to the Raiders and probably a good reflection of the match, Grafton certainly a different beast to last season. In the earlier match the Raiders ressies smashed United with 11 unanswered goals, notably President Homes on the score sheet after an accidental deflection went in and he claimed it! The Raiders women’s first grade 7-1 winners over Woopi Reserve grade while the Raiders women’s ressies 6-0 down to Woopi 1st grade (I mean what’s going on in the women’s division?) Anyhow think about this, the Raiders V Maclean Bobcats this weekend at the Patch 12 and 2 whooo a litmus test for sure.

Hope to see you on the hill.
Go U Raiders!

NCF Winter Competition 2018 Registration

The Urunga Football Club 2018 Outdoor Season Registration is now open

The season starts at the beginning of April and all registration is completed online at www.myfootballclub.com.au.

Our club runs boys and girls teams from the age of 5/7’s  MiniRoos  to 17’s Juniors and Senior team competitions through the North Coast Football Association.

IMPORTANT: Please note that our Bank Details have changed, you will need to update your online banking details for Urunga Football Club to the following if paying via bank deposit.

BSB: 533 000
Account No: 142485
Internal BCU transfers:  S11 account

Get your Active Kids NSW vouchers before registering to get a $100 discount

Children between 4.5 – 18 years’ old and enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids NSW Voucher of $100 per child to put towards your registration. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Click on the button below to register with Service NSW and claim your unique voucher for each child, you can then enter your voucher number at registration to receive a $100 discount.

If you need help follow our instructions here on how to register for NSW Active Kids

If you have any questions or need help with the online registration please contact the Registrar.

Want to help out as a Coach or Manager?

Our club is run entirely on the generosity and time given by volunteers. If you are interested in coaching or managing a team or helping out with an event or a committee role, we’d love to hear from you!

Important Registration Information

Registration will only be complete and accepted if you have paid the fee in full before the end of February 2018.

No refunds after the first round of play.

NSW Active Kids

 

Active Kids is a program to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

Who is eligible to claim the voucher?

Every child (4.5 – 18 years’ old) enrolled in school from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be eligible for an Active Kids Voucher. This includes those who are home-schooled or enrolled in secondary school education at TAFE NSW.

Claiming your voucher

To claim your Active Kids voucher for each child you must setup an account and register with the Service NSW website 

Click on the Sign up button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen

Add your email address and setup a password then click on the Next button

A security code will be emailed to your email address within a few minutes, copy that code and enter it into the Security Code field then click the Create account button.

You will then be taken to a new page confirming your account has been created, you can now login. Enter your email address and the password you just setup and click on the Log in button.

Now add your Personal details and register your mobile phone or email as recovery (optional) you will then be taken to the Student Identification section, you will need your Medicare card for this section.

You will need to add individual details for every child you are registering, enter your child’s details and Medicare card information into the requested fields. Some of the fields like child’s height and weight are optional

When all details have been filled in your voucher details with your child’s name and a unique 16 digit number will appear on the screen and will be also emailed to you.

If you would like to register another child for a voucher click on the Apply for another voucher button and repeat the steps.

Each child will have their own voucher and unique 16 digit number that you can use for your $100 rebate.

How do I use my voucher during registration?

When paying your registration via the MyFootballClub system you will be prompted to add your unique Active Kids Voucher Code – this will apply your $100 discount.


Important

The voucher can only be used for the named person and can only be used once.

The voucher can only be redeemed with a registered Active Kids provider.

The voucher is valid until 31 December 2018

Download PDF instructions here

 

AGM & Coaching Expressions of Interest

Helloo budding coaches!!  Want to be a super coach in the BEST football club in the district in 2018???  Then now’s the time to sharpen those pencils and complete the attached proforma … be quick though, there aint much time.

Ahh yes, we also have an AGM on the Wednesday the 13th December @ the Ocean View Hotel 6pm.  All very very welcome.  Come along and be part of the hard working committee, or at least share a drink with them.

Thanks everyone for being such great sports in 2017.  Have a fab Xmas with family & friends.

We hope to see you Wed 6 pm 13 Dec at our favourite.  Cheers!

Click here for Coaching Expression Of Interest 2018

Urunga Raiders V Boambee FC Semifinal 2

The job was ahead for the Raiders last weekend V Boambee Bombers, they’d been dusted 2-1 in the first semi at the ‘Drome and now at home on the Cabbage Patch they would need a win of an even greater magnitude if they were to progress to the big stage.

The Raiders looked good early too, Ben Dooley and the turtle running the show just like a corner shop, Fabrice Wamara a handful at the top so no surprise after Dooley was in the right position to volley in Asama Radford’s cross for a 1-0 lead. It took perfect timing, intense pressure and planets to align for Dooley to steer the ball into the net and what needed to be done seemed a lot more certain 19 minutes in. The Bombers though were not there to make up the numbers and on a through ball Blake Herdegen slipped in-between Raider defenders the ball bouncing off his knee goalward and just sitting up like a meerkat, Herdegen put his right foot through the ball and Lee Kennedy blocked the shot which rebounded to Christian Penny (rumour had it that he’d run the entire distance from Boambee to the Patch for a proper warm up!) well he ran onto this ball as well and slapped it into an unguarded net for 1-1. The strike ignited the Bombers as goals do. They chased with belief and contested with passion, the Raiders responded and the match at this stage was an absorbing contest indeed. For mine the coup de grace was delivered 5 minutes before halftime, a free kick awarded 8 m inside the Raiders half and the Bombers getting ready to bomb, the kick sailing toward the near post as the players converged, Lee Kennedy had a checkered run to block the kick and in it went. Christian Moye the deliverer and the goal had the sides in the sheds with Boambee 2-1 up. At this point the Raiders would require 4 more goals to win (away goals are worth two it’s a bit mathematical) and keep the Bombers scoreless in this home and away format and that’s a real mountain to climb in one half of football.

The Raiders toiled and put the blowtorch to the Bombers backline but the defence of Boambee led by Sam Crampton and Matt Ryan congealed into a tight unit. The bad boy Brady Parker put the issue beyond doubt about midway through the half sliding in on the far post and thumping one past a diving Kennedy for 3-1. Urunga able to hit back in the dying moments via Kale Hopper to give a final 3-2 score line, the Raiders now left to reflect on another solid season.

In other results and news, the Raiders reserve grade went down 2-0 to Northern Storm who will progress to the grand final, the women’s first grade also went down to Boambee 2-0. On a brighter note awards were collected at the North Coast Football’s annual presentation night held that evening at Coffs CEX. The first going to Gaia Malcisi for goal keeper of the year and the second to Trevor Martin for women’s coach of the year, high accolades indeed.

Go you Raiders!

Urunga Raiders V Boambee FC

Semifinal football oh yeah, it’s like the normal comp but more distilled, more intense. Intense. The Raiders V Bombers for this one at the Aerodrome of Ayreshire Park and the Raiders probably fancying their chances too they’d done quite well through the season V Bombers, wins in both encounters 5-1 and 2-0 and a full squad for this match (well who doesn’t want to be there in the finals). Jason Hillier striking in his lemon yellow tunic the man in charge and the energy from both sides just igniting at the ‘drome. It was the Raiders calling the early shots, Fabrice Wamara the target as Ben Dooley and the ginger bread man Jai Waddick continually found the big striker to set up the odd angry shot. Boambee first on the board though after Christian Penny was bought down in the Raiders penalty area. It was a raking pass from Frank Barton the unleashed Penny who runs somewhat akin to Forrest Gump ie never ending, anyhow Lockie Moye delivering the goal from the spot for the home side for 1-0 on 23 minutes. The Raiders unfazed by this turn of events (perhaps a little faze) straight back to the business. Dooley next to go close as he gathered the ball outside the area Stitt advancing and Dooley audaciously chipping but not well enough.

The match really changed on 29 minutes, the Bombers awarded a free kick just inside their half and Moye delivering a floating a ball into the Raiders area toward the near post. Lee Kennedy the Raiders keeper seemed to have it covered but the bad boy Brady Parker nipped in and deflected the kick in. He hadn’t done much at all to that point had Parker but he sniffed out this chance like a dog at a barbie. Bomber thoughts of victory crystalizing now, Penny did a couple of extra laps around the ‘drome in celebration just he could!

In a half that offered a lot that is good about football the Raiders struck back. Craig Simpson aka the Turtle fired out a ball for Tim Ruprecth to drive to the Bombers bye line, his pass back to Wamara saw the striker swivel and with the hammer back and safety off about to unleash at Stitt from point blank when he was bought down and Hillier calmly pointing to the spot. The turtle fired in the goal on 33 minutes to advance the score to 2-1. The half had one more twist though as Dooley bounced a pass off Asma Radford drove to the top of the box and was swamped by Bomber defenders, Urunga ‘s calls for a second dot shot looked certain as Hillier delivered an instant shrill blast on the fox 4 but pointed to halfway not penalty spot signaling the end of a cracking half of the beautiful game.
The second half not quite as absorbing as the first, the Bombers doing enough to blunt a persistent Urunga attack. The final score line had the Bombers winning 2-1, the return match will be at Urunga this weekend probably Saturday at 2pm. In other matches the Raiders ressies had a 0-0 draw at Koroora and will be playing the Storm at the Cabbage Patch in the return game and that match will precede the First grade probably, the women had a 5-1 loss to Boambee and will require a plan B if they are to get over Boambee in their return match which will be at the Ayrshire Park this weekend.
Go you Raiders!

Urunga Raiders V Grafton United FC

Annus horribilus, the only way Grafton United will remember season 2017. Winless in all starts and it didn’t get any better this past week as the Raiders in a catch up game on Wednesday night at Rushforth Park pumped in 16 unanswered goals and followed that up with an eyewatering 12 last Sunday at the Cabbage Patch, Ben Dooley and Fabrice Wamara both featuring heavily on the scoresheet. Not the best warm up for the final series for Paul Pomroy’s men though. Their opposition in the semifinal, Boambee FC, may not have been tested fully either as they played the other Grafton side who are only a few points higher than zero on the ladder.

The semis though should provide a higher level of competition for spectators, in a home and away format where away goals are worth 2 it will be very interesting indeed at Ayreshire Park this weekend as the Bombers try to do what they have been unable to do to this point ie beat the Raiders. 5-1 and 2-0 in the previous encounters through the season would seem to favour the Raiders but at Areodrome of Ayreshire Park who knows.

In other results the Raiders reserve grade had 9-0 and 7-1 wins over Grafton and will play Sawtell in their first semi that game likely to be at Toormina on Saturday. The women’s first grade also a stirring 1-0 win at the Cabbage Patch over Woolgoolga, Kelsie Williamson-Leslie the hero with a second half screamer from a thousand yards! Bre Martin and Belinda Moore both key players in that victory. They will take on the Boambee Eagles at the Cabbage Patch this Saturday and that promises to be a great contest. Go you Raiders!

Urunga Raiders V Maclean Bobcats Round 17

It was 1 nil disappointment for the Raiders last weekend at Wherrett Park V MacLean Bobcats, the win boosting the Bobcats chances of playing football in September and the loss extinguishing the Raiders hopes of gathering a minor premiership which now looks set to go to the Coffs Lions. Didn’t look that way at the start though, the Raiders under beautiful almost spring like skies looked rock solid. Tanjil Everrett, Harry Gale, Jake Leslie and Mick McCormick the Raiders back four hardly troubled by the infrequent Bobcat attacks that lacked a certain cohesiveness or direction with the odd angry shot collected by Urunga’s keeper Lee Kennedy and punted back up field or fed to one of the back four defenders.

It looked controlled and under control, yet the Raiders unable to score in the first 45 plenty of possession, slick play but not incisive enough to unlock the Cats defence led by the veteran Gary Carmicheal. The Raiders sans a number of key players for this one not helping matters either, Fabrice Wamara, Ben Dooley, Jaxen Heward or Craig Simpson out for various reasons and although the assassin aka Tim Ruprecth went close a couple of times the Cats kept their goal intact and themselves right in the contest.

Raiders coach Paul Pomroy might have doubted a favourable outcome shortly after the start of the second half. Ruprecth’s right side surge caught the Cats defenders out, his cross to the ginger bread man Mr Jai Waddick looked destined for the onion bag but Brad Corbet for the Cats in a Cirque du Soliel type move flicked the ball out, even now I don’t know how it didn’t go in. Minutes later after a goal mouth shemozzle Waddick again denied by the lightening reflexes of Alex Moffit the Maclean keeper, shot from inside the 6 yard box punched out somehow by Moffit’s right mauler, I mean he could try another 10 times and not get it right but there you have it. Maclean started to believe they might at least draw and get a valuable point from the Premier League heavyweights and with the clock ticking they scrambled for everything buoyed by a crowd that was solidly green and white and would only ever considered a Maclean victory as a good day out.

A free kick is awarded by referee Bruce Mackie for hand ball in the shadows of fulltime, the wall is set and Maclean’s Jarod Doyle shot defects off the wall falling for recently introduced substitute Mackenzie Allen to slap in like he was throwing a scotchie on the barbie. Not much Kennedy could do about it either he’d already moved one way to block the Doyle strike and Allen’s shot went the other, 2 minutes left and the Raiders needed a miracle which would not be bestowed on this occasion delivering a 1-0 score line.

In the earlier match the Raiders Reserve Grade had a close 1-0 win, the goal engineered by Ben Dooley and scored by the effervescent Josh McGovern in the second half. The win delivers the minor premiership to the Raiders the second such accolade in as many years.

The Raiders will play Grafton this weekend at the Cabbage Patch in the final round of 2017 and will finish second on the competition ladder, then the final series and with third and fourth spots still up for grabs it should be an interesting round.