Kangaroos hopping into action

THE Tweed Heads Kangaroos have let the Gold Coast Soccer front-runners get the hop on them in recent weeks.

Three below-par performances against Robina, Mudgeeraba and Tugun eventuated in nine lost points and a dismal for-against record.

Roger Hoy’s troops now find themselves in sixth spot on the first-division ladder, a far cry from the league leader’s spot they had envisaged.

However, the always-confident coach anticipated a mid-season turnaround and, for the sake of his side’s finals aspirations, he had better be right.

Today the Kangaroos leap into action against undefeated front-runners Merrimac at Arkinstall Park and Hoy insists his men will put their best boot forward.

“We are going to give them a lot more respect than we have other sides, but we’re still out to knock them off their pedestal,” he said. “They’re a very good, well-drilled side and it’s always a close game.”

Hoy also shouldered much of the responsibility for several of his side’s performances, saying it was up to him to implement changes when needed.

“I probably should have changed our style a little sooner,” Hoy said.

“We’ll play a bit more defensive, well cover defensive anyway, without losing our attacking prowess though.”

A win could potentially elevate Tweed Heads to third on the ladder. The action kicks off at 3pm.

Then at 5pm at Reg Dalton Oval, Kingscliff play host to Griffith Uni as they search for their second win of the season.

Meanwhile in Sunday’s premier league action, cellar-dwellers Tweed Valley Kings face the arduous task of a road trip north to tackle third-placed Coomera at 5pm.

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