Which way to jump? Tweed players on horns of a dilemma
By TANIA PHILLIPS
TWEED HEADS Soccer players have found themselves between a rock and a hard place and tonight will decide just where their priorities lay.
Club players and officials will tonight decide whether to pursue the short-term goal of a grand final campaign, push for premier league or try to do both. The Kangaroos, third in the Football Far North first division competition this season narrowly missing automatic promotion for the second year in a row, have been handed a second chance to play in the FFNC premier league next season. However it comes with a catch with up to five important games in the space of just 16 days and the team juggling both play-off and first division finals commitments.
The move of Maclean to the Coffs Harbour competition for next season has left a gap in the top flight and handed Tweed an unexpected chance.
FFNC has planned a four-team trial series with Tweed playing Alstonville on Tuesday night in Bangalow while Lismore Workers and South Lismore (neither of whom is in final series') meet at the same time at Goonellabah. The two winners will go on to play for the premier league spot the following Tuesday.
However Tweed president Steven Read said the club was not impressed with the number of important games they would forced to play in a short period of time (They will take on second placed Lismore Thistles this Saturday in the major semi-final and then face a preliminary final next weekend and possibly the grand final the following Sunday).
"We will be talking to the players and finding out what they want," he said.
"It is a tough thing to play this many games in 16 days they face injuries and suspensions.
"We need to do what's best for the club and we will certainly talk to the players they are the ones who have to do this. We won the Anzac Cup (pre-season competition) this year and it would be nice to win the grand final too."
He said FFNC needed to know what they were doing by tomorrow and so a decision would be made tonight.
FFNC general manager Matt Kelso urged Tweed to "have a good go at this at the both but particularly the premier league play-off".
"It is a once in a lifetime chance," he said.