Show of strength

ARMIDALE’S football clubs flexed their muscle in the Northern Inland Premier League on Saturday, with all four clubs scoring wins.
As the two conferences crossed over, South Armidale hammered Moree 10-1 at the Sportsground, East Armidale pipped Gunnedah 4-3 on the Hawks’ patch, while Demon Knights thrashed Narrabri/Wee Waa 7-0 at Rologas.
But the most significant win was North Armidale’s 5-0 triumph over North Companions in Tamworth.
It was a victory of giant proportions as the Redmen sent a message to the competition.
North Armidale stalwart Willow Grieves turned back the clock with a brace, while Declan Druitt, Andrew McGann and Hayden Freeman also stood out.
Redmen goalkeeper Riley Hopwood also played well to keep a clean sheet.
North Companions were previously undefeated ahead of Saturday’s drubbing.
While North Armidale is not on top of the northern conference table – a draw against Demon Knights is the side’s only blemish – the Redmen are certainly the team to beat.
East Armidale, with three wins and a loss, are the leaders of the pack and look well on track to make the finals after a season to forget in 2013, where the side finished on the bottom of the ladder.

RESULTS
Div 1: South Armidale 10 d Moree 1, OVA 4 d Guyra 2, East Armidale 4 d Gunnedah Hawks 3, North Armidale 5 d North Companions 0, Demon Knights 7 d Narrabri/Wee Waa 0, Gunnedah United 4 drew Joeys FC 4.
Div 2: South Armidale 6 d Moree 0, OVA 11 d Guyra 0, East Armidale 7 d Gunnedah Hawks 0, North Armidale 2 d North Companions 1, Demon Knights 4 d Narrabri/Wee Waa 0, Joeys FC 4 d Gunnedah United 1.

LADDERS
Northern Div 1: East Armidale 9, Joeys FC 7, North Armidale 7, South Armidale 6, Demon Knights 4, Guyra 1.
Northern Div 2: South Armidale 9, Joeys FC 9, East Armidale 7, North Armidale 6, Demon Knights 4, Guyra 0.

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