Hudson has foot in both camps
NOOSA coach Phil Amson admits Caloundra mentor Richard Hudson may have an edge in this week's knock-out semi-final.
Hudson formerly coached Noosa before changing allegiances to Caloundra - a circumstance that Amson believes may bolster the Eagles' chances on Saturday.
"Richard Hudson has a bit of a foot in both camps, having been a former coach up here at Noosa," he said.
"We are well aware that he knows how we play football and how we approach it."
Noosa sat in third place heading into the final round of the season and would have been granted a lifeline if it had lost in the opening week of the finals.
Instead, the Lions face the prospect of being cut from the competition following their 0-0 draw with the premier, Kawana, on Tuesday night.
"We are now in a totally different situation and those six draws (during the season) have come back to bite us," Amson said.
"If you convert them into three points instead of one, that puts us on top of the table and well clear."
The Eagles have been this year's giant killers, disposing of state league side Sunshine Coast Fire in the FFA Cup before going down 2-1 to NPL Queensland leader Palm Beach.
The Eagles have mixed their form, however, including a 5-0 loss to Woombye on Wednesday night.
Woombye coach Gary Newcombe later said Caloundra was a far sight from the side that he was used to playing.
He said his side dominated every facet of the match and could have put more points on the Eagles with a bit of luck.
Amson, however, is not taking the Eagles lightly.
"I spoke with some other coaches and they said it didn't look like the Caloundra that we all know against Woombye," he said.
"Whether they were avoiding yellow cards or they thought there wasn't much difference in finishing fourth or fifth, which is where they would have finished win or lose, I don't know.
"But every time we have played them this year they have turned up and I am expecting a tough match against a well-coached side.
"On our side of the fence we have our own weapons and our guys are certainly up for the challenge."
NOOSA v CALOUNDRA
Noosa, tomorrow, 6pm