Tweed?s chance to make own fate
By TANIA PHILLIPS
THE time for talk is over, with Tweed Heads Soccer Club finally getting a chance to take its destiny in its own hands.
The team steps on the field tomorrow afternoon knowing it has to win to secure a spot in the Gold Coast first division competition for this year.
The Kangaroos will take on Robina City at Merrimac Soccer Club from 4pm (Qld) in the first of three games they will play over the next month.
Gold Coast Soccer has accepted nine applications for first division, but has instituted a play-off for the final spot.
Tweed, Robina City, United Eagles and SC Dragons will battle it out over the three rounds at Merrimac, with the winner gaining promotion. Round two will be held on Wednesday, with round three on March 5.
With a strong tradition in the competition before pulling out at the start of last year's season, Tweed was disappointed not to be an automatic selection. But its main concern was the lack of a clear path between second and first division.
However Tweed president Peter Hendry said he believed the Gold Coast board had voted to create a promotion system for the second grade division at its meeting on Thursday night.
"But with two second division competitions (being played on Wednesdays and Sundays) we are not sure how it will work yet," he said.
"So I have written to the board for clarification."
Hendry said the club had also been in constant contact with the new Football Far North Coast region, who had offered the Kangaroos an automatic spot in their first division after hearing of their plight.
He said if the club was to lose the play-off they were considering entering two teams in the FFNC competition and one in the Gold Coast second division, but would have to consult with the player group before making such a decision.
New coach Roger Hoy said the side had played just two trials against Tugun in the lead-up to Saturday's game but was improving with every outing.
"We lost the first one 2-0 but drew the second one nil-all on Wednesday night," he said.