Wallamba went into the Southern League All Age football grand final with after a curious preparation. Coach and club president David Weller explained Wallamba employs a guilt-free policy when it comes to training. Sessions are on Wednesday nights, but if players can't make it, there's no drama.
It's worked a treat this year as Wallamba were chasing their first premiership in the Southern League era in the grand final against Old Bar in the grand final at the zone field at Taree Recreation Centre. Wallamba hasn't won a title since the days of the Manning competition back in about 1983.
Wingham were Wallamba's grand final opponents. Both sides beat Old Bar teams to qualify for the big dance, with Wingham defeating Old Bar Gladiators 1-0 while Wallamba accounted for minor premiers Old Bar Barbarians 6-5 in a penalty shootout.
Wingham coach John Beviitt said goal keepers Griff Bell (Wingham) and Reece Dawes (Wingham) could decide when he expected to be a close match. Both sides were at full strength for the game to be refereed by Football Mid North Coast chairman Mike Parsons.