Youngsters beating a trail to Armidale

SOME of the best young footballers from across Northern NSW are headed for Armidale.

Northern Inland Football will host the 2014 UNE Shield from Tuesday at the University of New England, NIF executive officer Dino Perizzolo said.

“The tournament commenced last year and is attended by NNSWF Zone’s representative teams,” he said.

“It is used as a talent identification area for players to be invited into the NNSWF Under 14s Country squad to attend the FFA National Championships in September-October. 

“The tournament is played in a round robin format with six sides entered this year.”

Hosts Northern Inland Football will tackle teams from North Coast Football, Football Mid North Coast, Football Far North Coast, Hunter Valley Football and the Under 13 Emerging Jets.

Meanwhile the third round of NIF Premier League continues today.

It’s another big weekend of football, with plenty of derbies in the McDonald’s Northern Inland Premier League, Perizzolo said.

“In the Southern Conference the match of the round will be the grand final replay between Tamworth FC and Oxley Vale Attunga at Johnson Field in Tamworth,” Perizzolo said.

“Contests between the two clubs have always been close, tough matches – this weekend promises to be no different. 

“Gunnedah United hosts North Companions at Kitchener Park, Gunnedah (note change of venue). 

“Companions currently sit top of the table with two wins from two and United will be looking to perform much better than last week.”

The combined Narrabri/Wee Waa side takes to the field for the first time this season after a round 1 washout and second- round bye. 

They take on Namoi rivals Moree FC at Cook Oval, Wee Waa.

The Northern Conference match of the round will be the derby match between Norths United and South Armidale Scorpions at the Armidale Sportsground, Perizzolo said.

“East Armidale host Guyra United at Doody Park in Armidale with both teams looking to secure their first points for the season,” he said.

“The cross-conference match also promises to be a good match, with Joeys FC taking on the Gunnedah Hawks at Inverell Sporting Complex. 

“Both teams are coming off good wins in round two. The match should be a competitive affair. Demon Knights have the bye.”

* All teams should send their match report sheets to The Leader by 7pm Saturdays (phone 67681234, fax 67667631 or email geoff.newling@fairfaxmedia.com.au).

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