Kings continue impressive start
THERE'S something different about the Tweed Valley Kings this season.
You could sense it during the 1-1 draw with Broadbeach on Saturday night.
The same vibe they gave off against Gold Coast Knights last week.
There's a strut in the Kings' step, a bounce in their stride.
It's not just that they've secured four points from six.
Nor is it that they've played out of their skins in the process.
But they have not looked flustered, anxious, panicked or out-classed.
It's as though there's a new-found self belief in the Kings ranks.
As if the old Kingscliff Wolves pack of 2008 has returned from the caves.
Despite the ferocious rain, the Kings never looked out of their depth against the highly fancied Broadbeach, in fact it was the opposite.
They controlled much of the possession and territory against the reigning premiers on Saturday.
And had it not been for a penalty midway through the second half, they may well have won.
The Kings had the run of the ball, created more opportunities and displayed great composure.
They rattled the woodwork on two occasions and repeatedly forced the keeper into action with well-crafted free-kicks and corners.
No player deserves to be singled out – the entire team pulled together from the front to the back, even the bench.
The defence was in control and impenetrable, the midfield creative and steadfast and the forwards active and terrorising.
Where in the past the Kings have been guilty of allowing frustration to set in, switching off and lacking any motivation, all 11 were committed.
They gave 100% the entire game on what was an increasingly puddle-ridden Ned Byrne Field.
Players were pouncing on loose balls, shutting down plays and challenging the Broadbeach defence.
Broadbeach headed home knowing it was fortunate to come away with a share of the points.
While it's uncertain what's in the water at Reg Dalton Oval, the Kings definitely aren't shaping as relegation prospects.
Watch out Gold Coast Soccer premier league, a Tweed invasion may just be imminent.