Tigers, Swans to do battle
FOR the Tweed Coast Tigers, caution derives from previous experiences and memories will flood back as they take on Lismore Swans tomorrow afternoon.
The round seven game of the Summerland League Australian Football competition at Mortimer Oval is sure to put both teams through their paces.
In their last two matches, they have won one game each. The Tigers defeated the Swans by 19 points in round two and last year the Swans had the victory over the Tigers by 16 points.
Both teams are also nestled in a similar positions at the summit of the ladder. But the Swans have just crept up to the pinnacle by percentage.
President Colin Richards said his team was ready to match it with the Swans and he expected it to be a difficult game.
“We have never played at Lismore’s home ground before because it was washed out last year,” he said.
“So we don’t know what to expect. It is a bit of an unknown but I believe they have a little bit of a wider ground down there.
“They are a competitive side and they have up to 40 players, a lot more to select from than us.”
The Tigers have a number of big men on their side and like to play a direct game which is a different style to the Swans, explained Richards.
“We play direct whereas the Swans have smaller midfielders so they play a different way,” he said.
“They will be quick with their disposals which are dangerous for us and if they chip on the wings or on the flank, we will be chasers.”
The Swans have shown some brilliance, triumphing over some of the best teams in the league, including Byron Bay Magpies and Coolangatta Tweed Heads Blues, just as the Tigers have.
Richards said he had heard the Swans had a few injured midfielders from the Nimbin game but they would have most of their players.
“They should be almost at full strength whereas we could possibly take the field without Nathan Wilson who picked up an injury in last weekend’s representative game,” he said.
It would be a loss without Wilson as he has been in fine form and proven himself to be a real sensation, believed Richards.
“He really is a great player and when former Adelaide and Hawthorn player Sean Wren watched him play, he said he had great prospects,” he said.
The bounce is at 2pm.
In other fixtures, Nimbin play Ballina and Byron host Coolangatta.
In other competitions, the Coolangatta Tweed Heads Blues have been invited to play the curtain-raiser for the Gold Coast Football Club (GCFC) VFL match against Collingwood Magpies tomorrow.
The Blues will play Surfers Paradise Demons at Fankhauser Reserve in round nine of the Pineapple Hotel Cup.
It has been a difficult year for the Blues who have won three from eight games and have had the burden of playing without a full team.
They had a number of key players absent due to injury and just last week they had to bring in five reserve grade players for support. Coach Grant McKenzie said he was welcoming a few players back this week including James Walsh and Daniel Carey.
“It will be good to have them back and we will see how the young side can bounce back,” he said. “They will give our forwards a lift and all the boys are looking forward to the game.”
Also running out for the Blues is Nick Lock, the older brother of Marc Lock from GCFC. McKenzie said the game was a must-win for them and it could be their season if they didn’t beat them.
The bounce is at 11.15am.
In other matches, Wilston Grange host Palm Beach Currumbin, Burleigh play Noosa, Mayne take on Springwood and Maroochy/Northshore clash with Sandgate.