Double threat to Panthers
THE Pottsville Panthers face their biggest challenge to-date playing two matches on consecutive days this weekend.
Today, Pottsville, minus five regular players, heads to Lismore to play the in-form Richmond Rovers, while tomorrow afternoon, the Panthers are home to Casino at Pottsville.
Coach Dave Lonie says the weekend will be a test of the stamina and ability of his players, and a test of depth in the club, with several reserve-graders getting their opportunity to impress in the top side.
“Having so many key players away will make it hard for us, but we have guys like Glen Sheldrick and Carl Allen coming into the side who are more than capable,” Lonie said.
“We played Richmond twice so far this season, including the final of the Anzac Cup and got the better of them on both occasions, but they have been improving and will be coming after us at home.
“We know that all the teams want to beat us and we will just have to deal with it.
“Fortunately we will be at home tomorrow against Casino, which at least makes the second leg not as difficult, but we can't take them lightly.”
The match at Pottsville tomorrow kicks off at 2.30pm.
In other FFNC first division matches, Burringbar will be looking to put its horror double-header weekend behind it and return to the winner's circle hosting Woodburn this afternoon, kicking off at 3pm.
Uki is home to Byron Bay and will be looking to finish the season with pride when the game gets under way at 3pm. Dunoon is home to Goonellabah and Casino plays the first of its double-headers against South Lismore this evening.