Finals time hits the coast

THIS weekend sees the final of the JH Williams Cup.

The semis are played in the format of first in Pool A plays second in Pool B and second in Pool A plays first in Pool B.

Tomorrow at 2.30pm on the Gold Coast, Labrador play Kingscliff in the women's competition which will be a great game and - I can't help be bias towards our Tweed teams - Kingscliff are shaping up to be a great hockey team and their hard work is paying off.

They are a team that has surprised everyone but themselves and their young forwards are combining well and are led well by a very youthful Lorelle Morrisey.

Labrador will be a hard team to beat at home, especially if the Hudson sisters are firing.

In the second game on the Gold Coast the first of the men's semis is being played at 4pm between Waratah Bobcats and Capri.

My money will be on the Bobcats with them having all of their players and they all have big game experience starting at the back with Troy O'Keefe who has played A grade for the past 40 years.

Right up to the forwards of Dwayne and Mick Newell and sneaky veteran Adam Guest.

If they can keep a level head against the Gold Coast rough brand of hockey they should get home but it won't be a walk in the park.

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  • AT 2.50pm in Lismore Casuarina play United in the second of the women's semis.

United are a surprise packet in this competition and have done well and deserve their place in the final.

The team is young and still relatively new together, they have a good mixture of talent and it is no fluke they are here in this final series.

Old girls Kelly Roatze and Carlia Brown are playing well and are keeping the young girls confident and enjoying their hockey.

Casuarina just keep popping up when they have to.

Keeper Hope Phillip will need to be on her toes to stop the young United girls at bay.

In the second of the men's games it is an all Lismore affair with Coraki playing Northern Star.

I think Northern Star will get the better of Coraki with Star being in impressive form of late with their attacking and linking type of game as compared to Coraki's physical game who play more for corners.

Coraki do have some experience in former Australian captain, Warren “Buster” Birmingham, but he just lurks around the backs these days and the young Star forwards should be able to deal with him.

So I think it will be Bobcats and Northern Star in the final on Sunday but I have been wrong before.

Good luck to all the Tweed teams, enjoy yourselves and play the best you can.

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  • THE men's and women's finals will be played in Murwillumbah starting at 12pm Sunday.

The bare foot bar will be open for a drink and the ladies will be cooking up a storm so head to the game and support our locals.

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  • IN REP news, we have had some Tweed players picked in various veteran age groups to play for Queensland at the Australian Vets Championships in Melbourne in September.

Peter Richards from Waratahs playing for Queensland in the over 45s, Jeff Holt and Robert Barnes from Kingscliff are playing for Queensland over 50s, as well as John Robinson from Mullumbimby.

Pottsville's Bob Tindale made the over 65s, Redbacks Rick Hewitson is in the Queensland over 50s and Redbacks Noel Condon is playing in the over 70s.

Good luck boys I hope the Melbourne night spots are ready for these wild Queensland boys, also Gary Scholes has been invited to umpire at the tournament.

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