Tugun faces deadly M?bah

By TANIA PHILLIPS

A REVITALISED Tugun faces the biggest challenge of its Gold Coast First Division Soccer campaign when it heads to the impenetrable fortress of Jim Devine Soccer field, Murwillumbah today at 5pm.

No opposition team has beaten Murwillumbah at home and very few have even scored against them there.

"We would just like to get an improvement on last year," Tugun spokesman Andrew Thomas said, playing down his side's recent performances.

After losing by a lot of cricket-like scores last year (including 17-0 to Murwillumbah) Tugun has recruited well and is looking good. The team held unbeaten competition leaders Griffith University to a 2-0 win and then won its next two games.

Murwillumbah lost its first game of the year last week to Beaudesert at Beaudesert and will be looking to bounce back. Murwillumbah will be without sweeper Lucas Frey due to a groin injury, but captain Luke Craig, who played in the position last year, will switch back to cover.

Coach John Bruggy said the side would be bolstered by the return of Adam Wratten who was missed in the midfield last week.

Kingscliff will be without Paul Quarmby (calf), Tim Pinter (holidays) and Brett Silver (groin) for its game against the tough Beaudesert at Kingscliff.

Banora Point, still searching for its first win of the season takes on Mudgeeraba at home at South Tweed today.

"We worked hard this week and we are still in good spirit," coach Mark Abela said of his young team.

He believes his side is close to breaking through for a victory.

In other games, United Eagles take on Coomera, while former Tugun official Jamie Ellis makes his debut in goals for Robina City in its game against Runaway Bay. Burleigh Heads takes on Bond University, while Griffith Uni has the bye.



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