Tigers cannot afford to slacken
THE Tweed Coast Tigers have been passing the test all season but it will be interesting to see what hand they are dealt, when they take on Coolangatta Tweed Heads in a local derby tomorrow at Peak Oval.
Achieving a top position of the Summerland League has not been an easy task for the Tigers, but week-in week-out they have dug their claws in and retained their spot after nine rounds.
President Colin Richards said they would welcome a few players back this week and he was confident they would have a good game.
“We have one or two players returning which is great because we have been missing a few lately,” he said.
“The last time we played them we won comfortably, so we hope we can continue our winning ways.
“Coolangatta has struggled for numbers this year, but they will still put up a competitive effort, so we won’t be taking it lightly.”
It is no secret the Blues have been under-strength for most of the season due to the player demands of the first grade Pineapple Hotel Cup side.
Richards said the Blues were a developing side and their style of play was continuing to evolve.
“By the end of the year they will have had more experience and they are improving,” he said
The Blues were hunted down by the Tigers in round five losing by 96 points.
Richards said the Tigers had almost all of their players back this week, and particularly welcome was one of their players who had missed a week because his partner had a baby.
“Our key players Arnold Knight and Johnno Bevan didn’t play last week but they might play on the weekend,” he said.
“Jake Elderidge didn’t play last week because his partner had a baby ... actually our club has had a lot of babies this season. In fact half a dozen players’ wives and partners have had babies recently which means that is 25 per cent of our team.”
Hopefully for the Blues, they will have their full squad on deck as they have only won four games this season.
Other games: Byron Bay Magpies take on Ballina Bombers; Lismore Swans face Nimbin Demons.