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Prince tipped to start

THE Titans fans will play a big part when we take on the Bulldogs at Skilled Park tomorrow night.

The best part about playing at home is the support we receive from our loyal Tweed and Gold Coast fans and we'll need everyone there and in their best voice when we clash against a fired up Bulldogs outfit.

The Bulldogs will be determined to bounce back after they were stripped of two competition points during the week but we are just as determined to maintain an unbeaten home record in 2009.

In a major boost, we're fairly confident Scott Prince will be fit after tests suggested his injured hamstring wasn't as bad as first thought.

If he doesn't line up I expect Preston Campbell will move to halfback and Will Zillman will play fullback with either Aaron Cannings or Shannon Walker coming onto the bench.

It is unlucky for Seagulls' star half Brad Davis, who would be the natural replacement if he wasn't carrying an injury himself.

Davo showed last year that he has a cool head and is a talented footballer - he could start at half for other NRL clubs.

However, someone who has got his opportunity and I'm pleased to see it, is Chris Walker.

He has ticked all the boxes and has trained and played exceptionally well during the off-season.

I know he is chewing at the bit to play NRL footy so I'm expecting a big game out of him.

We'll all need to be at our best as the Bulldogs are playing with a new found energy.

They have a lot of quality new signings and their young guys, like centre Jamal Idris.

Their marquee players are playing good footy and we'll have to shut down Michael Ennis and Brett Kimmorley's play making around the ruck area if we're to stop there attack.

Our defence has been great so I'm confident that if we can eradicate the simple errors of last week we can come away with the points.

LAST week's loss against St George Ilawarra was just one of those games.

Our record against the Dragons remains winless.

We might have been too keen and that was what got us a little disjointed.

We weren't as organised as we like to be but fortunately our defence kept us in the game.

Princey was disappointed in his performance and took a lot of the blame for the result but you can't blame one player for a whole team's performance.

The big boys up front need to lay a platform and good base to launch an attack and the outside backs need to provide options for their halves.

The Dragons didn't throw much at us but you can see the brand of football Wayne Bennet has brought with him from the Broncos.

Our lack of ability to score points cost us game.

THE Seagulls too were disappointing last week.

They really are our feeder club - they made the same silly mistakes we did and too many of them.

It was costly and ultimately they ended up on the wrong end of scoreboard.

However, there are plenty of quality players in the Tweed Heads side and I'm sure they'll turn it around this week.

They're one and one like us and it's important to remember there's no need to sound alarms after round two.

I WAS fortunate enough to attend the finals of the Titans Tag (touch football) competition in Nerang last week with big bird himself, Selasi Berdie.

We watched some excellent matches, posed for some photos and then presented the kids with medals and certificates.

The kids were rapt to see us and we had a great afternoon.

It's good to see the competition getting off the ground.

The only problem is that a couple of the kids, girls included, had good enough footwork to easily stand me up.

They simulate their heroes and you could hear some of them saying; “Did you see my Benji Marshall step?”

We loved seeing the enjoyment the kids get out of it.



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