Moree Services Football Club wins first grand final in five years

CHAMPIONS: Moree Services Football Club Moree Renegades team were the Namoi League grand final winners after defeating Narrabri Football Club 1-0.
CHAMPIONS: Moree Services Football Club Moree Renegades team were the Namoi League grand final winners after defeating Narrabri Football Club 1-0.

Moree Services Football Club has claimed their first piece of silverware in five years after the Moree Renegades team defeated Narrabri Football Club in Saturday’s Namoi Soccer League grand final.

The Renegades managed to score an early goal in the first 15 minutes of the first half and that ended up being all they needed to claim the victory, as Narrabri FC failed to put any points on the board, with the final score 1-0.

Renegades coach and Moree Services FC president Mark Armstrong said the low score is a reflection of how tough the game was.

“In the first half we dominated but in the second half we parked the bus and Narrabri threw everything at us,” he said.

“However grit and determination gave through in the end and we came away with the victory.”

Alex Madden scored the winning goal for the Renegades, while Armstrong said top credit must go to the side’s young goalkeeper Will Hawker who didn’t let a ball in.

The winning side celebrates after the match.

The winning side celebrates after the match.

The victory was the first time the Moree club has won a grand final in five years, and to defeat the minor premiers, the win was even sweeter.

“Everyone was absolutely buzzing,” Armstrong said.

The Renegades finished the season in second place behind Narrabri FC, who defeated them in the semi-final to claim the rights to host the grand final.

The Moree side then faced off against Narrabri Crossroads to secure a spot in the grand final, defeating them 2-0.

The two grand final teams - Narrabri Football Club and Moree Services Football Club Renegades at the end of the grand final match in Narrabri.

The two grand final teams - Narrabri Football Club and Moree Services Football Club Renegades at the end of the grand final match in Narrabri.

Unfortunately Moree Services FC’s other team, Bo Wa Blues went down to the Crossroads in the first round of semis.

Armstrong said overall it was a great season for Moree Services FC, which is still developing.

He hopes they can attract some more players next season.

Armstrong would like to thank the club’s sponsors, Moree Services Club, Kenway and Clark, New Bo Wa Restaurant, Gwydir Spray Shop, Stagg and Co, Chesterfield Australia and Moree Ag Supplies.

“Also a huge thanks to Terry-Ann Sharples who runs Moree juniors; without her support we wouldn’t have players,” he said.

Namoi Soccer League seniors competition consists of seven teams – the two Moree and two Narrabri sides, as well as Wee Waa and Gunnedah football clubs.