Battle lines drawn
By BOB ANTHONY firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Coolangatta Tweed Blues are bracing themselves for battle.
The Blues host Brisbane club Springwood on Sunday at Len Peak Oval, Kirra, and coach Scott Lawton is preparing his side for a battle for the mid-field.
Springwood, like Coolangatta Tweed bolstered their midfield ranks in the off season and it is where Lawton expects the game to be won.
He will be calling on players such as former Brisbane Lions rookie Tate Duku and David and Mark Lynch to help lead the charge against a side he considers a premiership contender.
The Blues got their season off to a good start last week with a solid win over Surfers Paradise but Lawton is under no illusion that the Springwood outfit will be a tough challenge for home side.
"Last week, we got off to a slow start but settled into the game the longer it went," Lawton said.
"This week, we can't afford to do that. We have to be ready to match Springwood from the opening bounce."
Duku was one of the Blues best last week and Lawton predicted he will be one of the keys this week.
"He has good marking ability and has a great vertical leap so we will be relying on his overhead strengths to win the ball," Lawton said.
Lawton said the game was crucial for the Blues who are determined to notch up as many wins at home as possible.
"We seem to lift for home games so we have to make the most of our opportunities," he said.
"Springwood will provide us a with a good measure to see how we are travelling."
The senior game kicks off on Sunday at 2.10pm.
In other Pineapple Hotel Cup matches, Palm Beach Currumbin takes on the Western Magpies, Noosa hosts Mayne, Wynnum travels to Wilston Grange, Maroochy/Northshore hosts Aspley and Surfers Paradise takes on Burleigh.
In the Northern Rivers Summerland Australian Football League, the Murwillumbah Hawks travel to Byron Bay to take on the Magpies and Casino Lions host Lismore. Ballina has the bye.