Bandits go for hat-trick

BURRINGBAR enter their home semi-final with Woodburn today full of self-belief.

The Bandits haven't lost to the Wolves in any competition this year and president Jim Robertson says his boys are confident of completing a hat- trick.

“The boys are excited and they believe they can get passed the Wolves again,” he said.

“Everyone was at training and they had an excellent session, so spirits are certainly up.

“I believe we have it over them and should get the win, and the players are equally confident.

“We want to keep beating this Lismore side too, so we can make it an all-Tweed final with Pottsville.”

While the winner advances to the second round of finals, the losers head home.

This season, Burringbar have enjoyed their best Football Far North Coast first division campaign in several years.

Slumped at the foot of the ladder in 2008, they turned things around in 2009 and with just five losses to their name climbed to a remarkable fourth spot on the ladder.

This is a feat Robertson accredits to coach Steve Kelly.

“Steve and the new committee have really turned things around with their enthusiasm,” Robertson said.

“We've enjoyed much better depth this year with our juniors coming through the ranks, and the boys are enjoying playing under Steve because he is so keen.

“He calls it his relaxation work, but I call it my stress work.

“The best part is they're all keen to back up next year so regardless of what happens today, things are really looking up.”

The sudden-death semi kicks off at the Burringbar Sports Ground at 2pm.

In the other semi-final, second-placed Richmond host third-placed South Lismore

The winner of that contest will take on premiers Pottsville next weekend, while the loser will tackle the winner of Burringbar and Woodburn.

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