Teams out to avoid Waratahs
By TANIA PHILLIPS
SECOND spot is on the line when Mullumbimby and United meet on Sunday in the final home-and-away round of the Tweed Border men's hockey competition. Just two points separate the two teams and victory means a double bite of the cherry in the finals.
These are the two most evenly matched teams in the competition. The last time they met, the game ended in a one-all draw. Both have fast young teams and both will be looking to avoid taking on minor premiers Waratahs in the major semi-final next week.
The game will be played at 1.50pm and will be a nailbiter. Meanwhile, minor premiers Waratah Bobcats will take on Redbacks at 11am. Redbacks' loss to Casuarina saw them slide out of the top four, and only an upset win over the red-hot Bobcats (and a loss by Casuarina to lowly Kingscliff) will re-instate them.
Bobcats are looking for their 32nd grand final appearance in a row and have been the red-hot team for the entire season with striker Mick Newell being in particularly devastating form.
But Redbacks have enjoyed their best season for more than a decade shrugging off their recent easy-beat tag to, at one stage, rise as high as second on the ladder. They have a good young side led by talented 14-year-olds Dylan Wotherspoon and Jake Farrell and look good to be one of the top teams of the future.
In the other game at 12.25pm last-placed Kingscliff have the chance to end their season on a winning note when they take on fourth-placed Casuarina.
The women enter their semi-finals this weekend with Waratahs playing Casuarina in the major semi at 4.30pm on Saturday and Mullumbimby playing United in the sudden-death game at 1.30pm (full story Friday).