THE lights are on and the Baa Baas are finally home.
That's the good news for the Coolangatta Tweed Rugby Union Club, which has been forced to train away from its Goodwin Park, Coolangatta base because lights at the ground needed repair.
This afternoon the Barbarians finally get to host a home game against Southern Cross University in round three of the Far North Coast Rugby Union competition.
After having their first home game postponed due to weather, the Baa Baas finally took to the field against Ballina last week, but due to a player shortage, they struggled in both first and second grades.
This week, the Tweed side has been able to train at home with immediate results.
“We had improved numbers to training on both Tuesday and Thursday nights and are looking forward to fielding strong sides against SCU today,” Tweed Heads coach Mark Iannelli said.
“Sadly, we don't have enough for third grade to play in the Far North Coast, but we are looking at options for anyone wishing to play in the thirds to play in another comp.
“Importantly though, we had 47 training on Thursday, and that means we will have full sides for our first home game of the year.”
For Iannelli, it has been a frustrating start to the season, and the problems still aren't over.
“We will be without some key players this week in Shane Proctor, Jim Bristow and Luke Osberg, but their absence will allow us to give other players the opportunity,” Iannelli said. “There are some new players who have impressed so far this year and this is their chance.
“Again our pack looks very solid, with the Jacobs brothers anchoring the front row, but we also have some good mobility in our back row, so I think we can stretch Uni.
Iannelli said this was the first of three home games in a row and his side would be out to try and get some momentum going.
The second grade will kick off at Goodwin Park, Coolangatta at 1.45pm and the firsts at 3.15pm.