A TEAM of grand final rookies will take on one of the most experienced lineups in the competition when Wallis Lake meets Macleay Valley in tomorrow's Football Mid North Coast decider at Port Macquarie's Regional Stadium.
Wallis Lake will be making the club's debut in a premier league grand final. Macleay Valley have been perennial grand finalists for the past decade.
Wallis Lake has already enjoyed a stellar year with the club winning the minor premiership.
Lakes are also through to the reserve grade grand final, where they'll play Port United.
Wallis Lake has the second best defensive record in the competition and that's obviously their strength. Seven times this season they've managed to keep opposition sides goal-less.
Peter Masterantonio has been a frequent goal scorer for Wallis Lake this season and will carry much of the side's attack. Mitch Yarnold is another who has been in good form and Lakes will be keen to get him plenty of clean ball.
Macleay Valley are a physical side. Rangers survived a torrid encounter against Port United last week, getting the result 3-2, where Andrew Potter notched a hat-trick.
They thrive in high pressure matches after downing Taree Wildcats in extra time the previous week in the minor semi.
Striker Chad Applegate is under an injury cloud but is expected to play.
Taree coach Josh Ferris predicts Macleay Valley to prevail.
"I think their experience in big matches will get them home,'' he said.
Macleay struggled somewhat at the start of the year but have hit form at the right time, he said.
Ferris also thinks Port United will grab the money in the reserve grade game.
"I'm not going to win many friends at Wallis Lake,'' he said.
Matches will start at 10.45 with the promotion/relegation encounter between Tuncurry-Forster and Port Saints.
The reserve grade will kick off at 12.45 and the first grade at 2.45.