Big day as Bandits host three games

BURRINGBAR president Steve Robertson is expecting a big day at the local sports ground this afternoon with the Bandits in action across all three grades against as many different sides.

In first division, Burringbar plays Byron Bay, it tackles Casino in the seconds and in fourth division, it clashes with Ballina.

“It’ll be a big day for us, both on the field and in the canteen,” Robbo said.

“With three different clubs coming to town we’re expecting a big roll-up of supporters which should ensure the drinks fridge and pie warmers get plenty of use.”

Byron Bay comes to Burringbar as an unknown quantity – its pre-season form was sound but it had the bye in last week’s opening round, so it is hard to gauge how it will fare up in them there hills.

I’m expecting big things of the Bandits this season as there was just so much to like about their first-up 3-0 defeat of Dunoon on foreign territory.

The only area where they were a bit disappointing was up front, where star strikers, Simon Hercombe and Steve Nolan, failed to capitalise on numerous scoring opportunities, leaving teammates to find the back of the Dunoon net.

It is highly unlikely we’ll see either man that astray with his shooting for the rest of the season.

I’m certain they’ll be peppering the Byron Bay net this afternoon.

For Burringbar to knock in three goals without Hercombe and Nolan being on target goes to show that the Bandits boast a good handful of men capable of beating opposition goalkeepers.

The action at Burringbar commences at 1pm with the second division fixture, followed by the main game at 3pm and rounding off a great arvo’s footy with the fourth divvie clash at 5pm.

Robbo will be happy to know that I’ll be there doing my bit to fill their canteen coffers.

In third division action, Kingscliff Seawolves head down to Bangalow but do so minus five key players who are all absent with leave for personal reasons.

The Seawolves turned in a terrific performance the previous week, posting a comprehensive 3-0 win over Tintenbar so it is a shame that Col Ashton’s outfit will not be anywhere peak strength.

Still, an ever resilient Col still thinks his charges are capable of doing well against Bangalow.

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