Rookies take to the road

IN what will be a good gauge of where they are midway through the season, the Tweed Coast Tigers are gearing up to take on Summerland League premiers Byron Bay today at Bangalow.

The Tigers, playing in their first year in the competition, have shrugged off a slow start to the year and have managed to string together three wins in a row and now face their biggest test to date.

Tweed Tigers coach Paul Kelly said his players were looking forward to playing Byron and gaining a bit of revenge over the Baysiders who gave them a “touch up” in their first encounter this year.

“Since that game, we have gained players and those who weren't so familiar with Australian Rules now have a better understanding of the game,” Kelly said.

“Since the competition started, we have continued to attract players and now have a full bench of reserves and have even had to ask a couple of guys to sit out this week.

“It's a good position to be in, but we are just trying to take it all one a game at a time.”

Tweed has been able to knock over Nimbin, Lismore and Ballina in successive weeks, and the road trip to Bangalow this afternoon could give the Tweed Tigers a chance to cement a berth near the top of the table.

“We have shown we are a formidable unit at home at Pottsville, but we must now show we can also win away from home against a quality side,” Kelly said.

The game starts at 2pm.



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