BAA Baas and Ballina rugby teams in action this season.
BAA Baas and Ballina rugby teams in action this season.

Baa baas' send-off at home

COOLANGATTA Tweed Barbarians - young and old - will take to Goodwin Park, Coolangatta this afternoon to celebrate the club's final home game of 2009.

The main Far North Coast rugby union fixture will see Tweed up against Wollongbar Alstonville, and with the Baa Baas' first-grade season gone, they will be out to spoil the visitors' semi-final hopes.

The club's second grade is still in the hunt, and the match against Wollongbar will see the fourth-placed visitors up against the fifth-placed home side.

Only three points separate the two, and a win to Tweed could see them leapfrog Wollongbar into fourth spot with a game to go.

Senior coach Mark Iannelli, who will be stepping down at the end of this season, said training had been good, especially among the seconds.

“We have enough numbers - being a home game - to field two sides, but our focus will be on the seconds and boosting their chances of making the semis,” Iannelli said.

He said there was no time to worry about last week's controversy over the fielding of some Currumbin players, and Lennox Head's bid to have the points taken off the Barbarians.

“We may have lost last week's hero, Phil Dumfelow but we gain Luke Dumas, a Titans under-20 player who is eligible for us, and the side is showing plenty of determination to see some post-season action,” Iannelli said.

A win, especially a bonus point win, would bolster Tweed's chances even in the worst case scenario.

The afternoon starts at 12.30pm with a Golden Oldies match between the Currumbin Toothless Gators and the resurrected Tweed Knackered Rams.

The seconds match kicks off at 1.45pm with the firsts to follow at 3.15pm.



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