Woolgoolga Wolves make it a senior grand final double

Woolgoolga Wolves celebrate their grand final win.

WOOLGOOLGA Wolves have proven to be the leaders of the pack in North Coast Football’s community competitions.

The Wolves won the Men’s 2nd division South grand final with a hard fought 3-1 victory against the Northern Storm Troopers at the Coffs Football Centre Synthetics.

The Wolves won the top men’s competition in North Coast Football’s Coffs Coast community competitions.

The Wolves made it a senior grand final double for the club, after the Woolgoolga Wildcats had won their women’s competition in the preceding match.

The game was played at a frenetic pace for much of the first half, with Woolgoolga making the most of their chances to take a 2-0 lead in the 38th minute.

A Storm goal on the stroke of half-time set up a fascinating second half.

Both teams continued their all-out attack as the Storm desperately chased an equaliser.

The Wolves defence remained resolute as the intensity ramped up resulting in an overtly physical affair.

A Wolves goal just before full-time sealed the win, as the Woolgoolga supporters celebrated another grand final victory.

Wolves coach Rob Barselaar said a change in formation during the season had made all the difference in their charge to a grand final win.

“I changed our shape nine weeks ago, and we haven’t lost since,” he said.

“I changed to a 4-2-3-1 and it’s worked really well.

“I think our defenders were outstanding out the back, and our holding midfielders worked hard.”

The Wolves coach shared what he told his players before the grand final.

“I said to the boys, go out and don’t wait for the game to come to you, you’ve got to take the game to them,” he said.

“And we came out strong and it was a very attacking game, and when they came back at us, we weathered the storm.”


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