Tweed sides toppled
WARATAH Bobcats and United Vipers will look to regroup for the Tweed-Border District finals after both suffered resounding losses in their JH Williams Premier League grand finals in Murwillumbah at the weekend.
The Bobcats were thrashed 6-1 by Ballina in the men's final of the combined competition on Saturday while in the women's decider the Vipers lost to Labrador 3-0.
"We were just outclassed," Bobcats goalkeeper Mitch Paron said of the surprising scoreline.
The two teams had been hard to separate all competition but in the end it was Ballina's big-match experience that got them home over the young Bobcats.
"They are just older and more experienced," Paron said.
"It is disappointing that we lost but hopefully we will take something from the experience - regroup and get down to trying to win the local competition."
Bobcats started in fine style with Australian Country representative Matthew Butterini opening the scoring in the ninth minute.
But by the 18th minute Ballina had begun to take control with Scott Hamilton scoring the first of his two goals, followed two minutes later by a goal to Wayne Porter. By halftime Ballina led 4-1.
Two more goals in the second half sealed the result.
But it was not all plain sailing for Ballina with midfielder Scott Bovis, instrumental in setting up the victory, taken to hospital late in the game for stitches to a cut in his cheek while Hamilton injured his knee.
Good defensive work by Paron and Troy O'Keefe in the second half limited Ballina's scoring opportunities and they scored just two.
Meanwhile, Vipers ran out of legs in their clash with Labrador.
Less than 24 hours after being beaten 3-2 by Redbacks in the final round of Tweed-Border home-and-away season, a tired Vipers had no answer for a fired-up Labrador in the Premier League decider.
Labrador's Kylie McEniery finished with a hat-trick for the visitors while Isabel Powers, Leanne Smith and Samantha Barwick were Vipers best.
In Friday night's action, Waratah Falcons wrapped up the Tweed-Border women's minor premiership despite going down 4-2 to Kingscliff. Kelli Moore scored twice for Kingscliff while Lorelle Morrissey and Karen Slockee scored one each and Perrea Dunn and Jessica Harvey scored for Falcons.
The penultimate round of the Tweed-Border men's competition was completed Saturday with Kingscliff beating Taipans 3-1 while Redbacks upset Allstars 3-1.