Waratahs fly Tweed flag

By BOB ANTHONY TWEED hockey will be well-represented in the semi finals of the JH Williams Premier League hockey this weekend with four of the eight sides coming from the district. Flying the flag for the Tweed will be Waratahs in both the semi finals, to be played at Goonellabah and at Labrador on Saturday will determine just who meets in the men's final at 1pm and the women's finals at 2.30pm on Sunday at Barrie Smith Fields, Murwillumbah. For all the semi-finalists, it will be a case of survival of the fittest with the winners having to back-up the next day to decide to titles. In Goonellabah, the women's semi at 2.55pm will feature Waratahs against Mullumbimby, which promises to be an extremely close game. Both sides had shown they are very evenly matched across the pitch and with Mullumbimby full of confidence, it will be a test for the Murwillumbah. The other semi at Labrador will see the experience of Casuarina up against the reigning title holders in Labrador at 4pm. With a home ground advantage, Labrador will not make life easy for the Tweed Coast side who will be counting on the big match experience of their senior players, especially Sharon Buchanan and Kim Small, who had strong games scoring doubles last week. Whether fitness will play a factor in this game remains to be seen. In the men's competition, East Lismore will be counting on their defence to holding out the attacking Allstars at Gonnellabah at 4.20pm. The former Tweed Hockey association side, now based at Palm Beach, will be counting on the brothers Munro - Gareth, Liam and Eamon - along with Brad Mathers to spearhead the Allstar attack. East have shown the best defence of the competition, allowing in only seven goals. Murwillumbah's Waratahs head to Labrador to take on Burleigh on Saturday afternoon at 2.30pm. Waratahs will be fresh after the bye which could be crucial for their finals chances and with the best attacking record in the comp, scoring 20 goals, Waratahs will be looking to Michael and Dwayne Newell and Tim Willis as key players for their title hopes. Burleigh, on the other hand, have been the quiet achievers of the comp, coming in "under the radar" to make the semis and their success suggests they are a side which are not to be taken lightly.



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