The Alstonville Football Club is having one of its most successful seasons after its premiership women’s team made the Football Far North Coast grand final, while the men’s team were thwarted by a penalty shoot-out in their semi-final.
‘We are having a really good year, it’s a great success for the club,’ club president Stuart Hume said.
In all the club will have four junior teams joining the premier women for grand final football next weekend.
The premiership men’s team took an early lead in their game against South Lismore, but conceded a goal late in the second half to let them back into the contest. The game ultimately went to penalties that South Lismore won 5–4.
To get that close and not make the grand final ‘was a bitter pill to swallow,’ Stuart said.
The other semi-final between Byron Bay and Richmond Rovers also went to penalties and Byron lost 4–3.
The Alstonville women won their semi 2–1 against Maclean, while Goonellebah beat Lennox Head 2–0.
The women are no strangers to grand final football, but it was the first time the men’s team has got this far in a season.
‘The success of the men’s side is based on a really positive culture and the coach John Thompson has got the team to click,’ Stuart said.
‘Hopefully we get some trophies next week,’ he said.
Alstonville 12s first division and girls 14s lost their grand finals.