Kingscliff face Waratahs in grand final dogfight
KINGSCLIFF will be hoping to break their recent title drought when they take on Waratah Falcons in Saturday afternoon's Tweed Border Women's Hockey grand final at Barrie Smith Hockey Field.
The girls in green will face Waratah Falcons in the grand final for the second year in a row - with an eye to reversing last year's result.
Kingscliff lost the final and the premier league title in quick succession after being in a strong position early in both.
But coach Adam Warbutson has had his players working on finishing strongly and with an injection of fast young players this year is hoping they can turn things around. The side defeated Waratahs in the major semi-final two weeks ago to be first team through to the grand final.
"But it should be a close game - they are always close matches - it is pretty hard to be confident about a result," Warbutson said.
"We have found form late in the season but anything can happen."
Warbutson said he was not worried about the pace of the young Waratahs.
"We are a good balance of older experienced players and good young players too," he said.
"We are probably a stronger team than last year."
He said the younger players including Tanya Senti, Hanna Raftery and Sam Stamford had stepped up and filled holes the team may have had last season.
Waratah's coach Corinne Baille knows her team will have a battle on its hands.
"Kingscliff will definitely be tough," she said.
"Although we had a couple of wins against them earlier in this season, they have been the stronger team in recent weeks."
The small Burringbar-Mooball based Waratahs club will be well represented in the senior women's grandfinals on Saturday.
In division two at 2.30pm, Pottsville will take on Waratah Wrens while in the division three final at 1pm Waratah Gulls will meet Mullumbimby.