Blues wary of wounded Pumaso Aussie Rules
By GLEN SCOTT
BEWARE the wounded Puma.
That's the message Coolangatta-Tweed coach Grant McKenzie will be relaying to his troops as they take on struggling Springwood in their AFL Queensland game today.
The Blues travel to underwood to tussle with Springwood, and McKenzie suspects the Pumas will be an entirely different animal on their home turf.
"I have no doubts it will be a tough game," McKenzie said.
"They've had a tough draw, coming up against all of the teams on the southern side of the draw. I think they're improving all the time and when they start playing sides on the northern side, it will be a different story."
Coolangatta-Tweed hit the road under-strength, with five players succumbing to injury for probably the next fortnight.
On the flipside, they have gained one of their favourite sons, on-baller John Murray who has been out since preseason with a fractured collarbone. His experience will be welcomed by the Blues after the club was forced to rebuild, with 17 players from last year's squad missing.
Sitting in seventh place, McKenzie refuses to buy into any notion that Coolangatta-Tweed should be cut any slack despite the mass exodus.
"We are going okay, but we can do better. I don't like this talk of rebuilding, because I think it gives the players an excuse (to underperform) mentally," he said.
nPalm Beach Currumbin coach Scott Lawton will use Saturday's away game to the Western Magpies to blood youngster Jason Egan in the top grade.
Just 18, Egan will make his senior debut after the withdrawal of Nick Todd with a shoulder injury.
It is the first time the two sides have faced off this year and Lawton is wary of the Pies' quick midfield.