Norths and Souths clash in Sunday’s penultimate round of the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League.

THE traditional rivalry between Norths and Souths should ensure nobody is distracted by the looming semi-finals in Sunday’s penultimate round of the Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League at Newcastle International Hockey Centre.

KEY MAN: North Newcastle will miss the services of Shaun Frazer in Sunday's clash with Souths at Boradmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

KEY MAN: North Newcastle will miss the services of Shaun Frazer in Sunday's clash with Souths at Boradmeadow. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

The top-four teams are now locked in, after Gosford sealed the minor premiership last weekend. Norths will finish second, Souths third and Maitland round out the top four, but Norths coach Davie Willott was confident his players would be focused on the task at hand.

“It’s a good rivalry between the two sides,’’ he said.

“We’ll both be wanting to get a win, not just because it’s usually a bit of a grudge match but also because there’s a good chance we’ll play each other in the finals.”

Norths will be without key players Shaun Fraser and Oliver Flack, who are both unavailable. 

In Sunday’s other games, wooden spooners University face a daunting challenge against Gosford and Wests take on The Entrance,

Maitland have the bye. All games are at Broadmeadow.

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