Tuncurry-Forster Football Club will field sides from under 16 to reserve grade

Tuncurry-Forster Football Club features heavily on this weekend's feast of football at the Port Regional Stadium, with sides in the under 16 and under 18 zone championship, and in the premier league reserve grade grand final.

The club fielded two sides in every competitive junior age group except for under 13s, had nine teams out of 11 qualify for junior finals football, finished as premiers in the 16s and 18s, had four sides in grand finals, with two finishing as champions.

The Tigers were grand finalists in the women's southern league, semifinalists in over 35s, and missed the men's southern league semifinals by goal difference.

The premier league first grade side finished sixth, missing finals football by two points, losing only once (to premiers MVR) in their last nine matches.

Reserve grade will contest the grand final against Kempsey Saints after finishing third in the season proper.

Tigers under 16 Gold are first up tonight at 6pm, when they run out against Camden Haven Redbacks White.

The Tigers 16s qualified for the zone championship match with a 6-1 thumping of Wingham in the southern grand final.

Coach Tim Barber is expecting a much tougher contest in Port.

"We don't know much about them except that they're undefeated across the regular season this year. Half our side is still under 15s, so it will be a big step up. If we play like we did last week though we will be hard to handle,” Barber said.

Tigers under 18 Black finished as premiers and champions in the Southern under 18 competition, despite all the squad bar two players still being eligible for under 18s next year.  

They play a Port FC side that contains several players with premier league experience, and who put on a late surge to win the north championship from third place.

Tigers coach Adam Christensen will be unable to attend the game, but felt that his team would put up a good showing.

"We've got some great attacking weapons, so we've just got to be able to supply the ammunition through the middle of the park."

The Tigers premier league reserve grade contest the reserve grade decider at 5.15pm, in a first ever premier league grand final appearance for the club.

They'll play premiers Kempsey Saints, who will be wary of the Tigers despite winning 1-0 in their last meeting.

Tigers coach Jason Coombes said: "Saints have been the benchmark so far this year, but only playing one match in the last four weeks could be a problem for them.

“Our preparation has been good, and the way we finished over the top of MVR last week was a great confidence boost for the players."

Coombes' biggest headache will come in selecting his final squad.

"We've got a few boys in tonight's 18s game, plus a couple who are just getting over some minor injuries, so we will hold off until game day to name the squad."