Kings facing early fire

IT won't take long for Tweed Valley Kings to understand its place in the Gold Coast Soccer Premier League pecking order this season, as the perennial strugglers face a tough start to the season.

TVK's opening five rounds feature clashes with last year's top-five teams, starting tomorrow against 2010 preliminary finalists Gold Coast Knights.

With club president Pete Gladwin predicting a finals appearance for the Kings this year; it should take just five weeks to assess how realistic that goal is.

Coach Craig Madden is confident of starting the season well at the Croatian Sports Complex, Carrara today.

“We have got a hard start to the season and we need to pick up points early, especially if we want to be competitive later in the season,” Madden said.

“We have got the five top teams from last year in a row, so it is going to be tough start to the season, but I am quietly confident.”

Aaron Hodge, Brent Malone and Ben Walden will all be missing from the Kings side to play the Knights, but Madden has faith in his side in their absence.

“I am quietly confident of getting the three points this week,” he said.

Madden isn't looking towards the finals, and knows how crucial these next five weeks are in terms of his season.

“There is potential there, yes, but we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said.

“It all starts this week, and I will be taking the season week by week. I am not looking at finals football right now.

“If everyone is on together on the day, we have got a quality side. The boys are going ok, but they have still got a bit of improvement in them.

“If we are going to be competitive this year, we need points at the start of the season.”

TVK faces last year's premier, Broadbeach, in its first home clash of the season next weekend, March 19 at Ned Byrne Field.

The Kings face last year's runner-up Palm Beach (away) the following round, then Magic United (home) and Burleigh Heads (away).

TVK clash with the Knights at the Croatian Sports Complex from 2pm DST, with the seniors kicking of at 6pm DST.

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