Aussie rules: Tigers, Bombers fresh for clash at Ballina
THERE will be no excuses for either team today when the Tweed Tigers travel to Ballina to tackle the Bombers at Fripp Oval in local Aussie Rules.
The Tigers are fresh from a forfeit and the Bombers had the bye last weekend.
Tweed is second on the ladder, which would give them a double chance in the finals, while the Bombers are one win behind.
If they don't bridge the gap they will play in the elimination final and need to win three straight to claim the premiership.
Tigers coach Shane Shallieu is eager for a full four-quarter display to get some run in the players' legs because this will be their first game in three weeks.
With a sizeable percentage advantage over the Bombers, a win today would all but guarantee second spot and then they can focus on the challenge of the Byron Magpies next week.
Tom Arnold and Jim Walle will look to feed arguably the best forward line in the competition, especially when Ash Gemmil isin full flight
The Bombers' improved showings recently have largely stemmed from ruck dominance through the tall Kris Davis.
The return of Doug North in the middle partnering Jake Hayes gives the Bombers the skilful spine they need to go deep into finals footy.
Small forward Craig Saad impressed on debut a fortnight ago but the Tigers are strong all over the ground so it would need a big effort to grab the points.
First bounce is at 2pm.
In the other game scheduled for today, the Robina Roos have forfeited to the Lismore Swans.