Barbarians shift focus to second grade finals
WITH their first grade hopes for 2009 dashed, the focus for the Coolangatta Tweed Barbarians has been helping get their second grade side into the finals and on Saturday against Lennox Head, they took a huge step towards doing just that.
Before thee match, Tweed was sitting in fifth spot, eight points behind fourth placed Wollongbar Alstonville and 13 points behind second placed Lennox Head and Lismore.
The game was one of two Far North Caost rugby union 'catch-up' matches played over the weekend.
In a committed performance, the Tweed seconds played with intensity and precision inspired by centre Phil Dumelow (a Titans under 20s player who was playing his fourth game with the Baa Baas), managed to score a valuable bonus point 50-7 win over Lennox at Lennox.
Dumelow, who will qualify for the finals if he plays next week at Coolangatta against Wollongbar, was responsible for five tries and setting up another in what was the Seconds best showing in weeks.
“It's great to see the club having at least one side in the running for the finals and the way the seconds are going, they are finding form when it counts,” Tweed senior coach Mark Iannelli said.
“It was always our focus to get wins up for the Seconds and being just three points behind Wollongbar will mean that next week's game at home will carry plenty of weight.
“Lennox is a good side and was very physical but we managed to handle them and now just have to keep the momentum going.”
Tweed, made up of a number of Palm Beach Currumbin club players, went down to Lennox 45-5 in a game which was social, then serious, but played in good spirit.
“When the word got out onto the field that half our side were ineligible because they weren't registered with the Far North Coast, the game lost its intensity with Lennox resting some of their key players and giving other blokes a run,” Iannelli said.
“It was a good game played in great spirit.”
Next week will be sponsors day for the Coolangatta Tweed Rugby Union Club to acknowledge those who have supported the club during the year. Prior to the second grade game at 1.45pm, the Tweed River Knackered ram Golden Oldies will be making their long-anticipated return to the paddock after a break of several years.
All Golden Oldies players (35 and over) are welcome to come along to Goodwin Park in Coolangatta next Saturday to have a run against the Currumbin Toothless Gators before the Seconds match.
In the other catch-up match, South Cross Uni downed Grafton 38-10.