Reason to party -- Waratahs want win for birthday

HOCKEY heads back to its grassroots this weekend with two Tweed-Border first division games being played on grass at Burringbar on Saturday afternoon.

Both the Waratahs men's and women's sides will play at home in Burringbar as part of the club's 75th anniversary.

Waratahs women's coach David Reading said the club would love nothing more than to celebrate the milestone with a couple of victories.

In the women's competition, the victory would go a long way to %securing the minor premiership for the Waratah Falcons who take on defending premiers and main rivals Casuarina.

"This game has a big bearing on the minor premiership," he said.

"The girls are very, very excited about this game. It is interesting that it is the oldest club up against the youngest club.

"We are on 21 points and Casuarina is just one behind on 20 so a win will give us a bit of a buffer."

Waratahs will be without Ebony Philip, away on representative duties for Queensland Country at the national titles in Mackay.

However Casuarina is also %affected by the representative carnival, with the defending premiers losing goal-keeper Hope Miller and the ever reliable %Debbie Dolan to the country team.

But the loss of a key player to rep honours will have no greater affect than on Murwillumbah United taking on Kingscliff at Barrie Smith hockey field on Saturday. United will be without star player and coach Izzy Power for what is a crucial game.

Kingscliff is just four points behind United and just outside the four. They will be boosted by the return of experienced players Karen Slockee and Kellie Moore.

With just five teams in the competition, one has to miss out on the semis and this game could very well decide just who that is.

In the only men's game this weekend, the season is on the line for the Kingscliff men. Last plays first with the Voodoo taking on the Waratah Bobcats. But Bobcats will be without captain coach Tim Willis, away on representative duties, while Kingscliff showed a major reversal of form in the recent JH Williams Premier League.

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