LOOKING forward the Tweed Coast Raiders return to the top grade are (from left) Raiders vice president Bob McDowell, Leanne Sha
LOOKING forward the Tweed Coast Raiders return to the top grade are (from left) Raiders vice president Bob McDowell, Leanne Sha

THIS IS IT

By BOB ANTHONY

THE excitement is building on the Tweed Coast ahead of the Raiders' first A Grade rugby league game in 15 years.

History will be made tomorrow night at Les Burger Field at Cabarita, when the Tweed Coast Raiders continue their return to the senior ranks with a trial match against Byron Bay.

It will be the first home game for the club's A Grade since 1991 and both the club and the local community can't wait.

Having narrowly lost their first trial last week to the Ballina Seagulls, club president Michael Danes said the feeling among the players was extremely positive.

"We know that one game doesn't make a season and this is only a trial but the expectation among the players is very high and training this week has been pretty tense," Danes said.

"We have had good numbers to training so with a limited number of positions available there has been healthy competition to try a secure a spot for such an historic game."

Danes said the Raiders were hoping to have another hit-out prior to the start of the home-and-away season in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League, but would still make the most of the opportunity to show the Tweed Coast community that the Raiders would not be in the competition just to make up the numbers.

"Nobody wants a loss and a win at this stage of our preparation will lay a good foundation for the beginning of the season," Danes said.

"We are really looking forward to this game ... it's been a long time coming."

Raiders supporters Leanne Sharp and her niece Lynn Burger said there was plenty of talk in the community about the team and plenty of people were looking forward to attending tomorrow night's historic event.

Gates will open at 3pm with the under-18 clash scheduled to commence at 4pm. The main game will start at 5.30pm.



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