Waratahs’ James Walker and United’s Brendon Iwanuscha go head to head in the weekend’s hockey.
Waratahs’ James Walker and United’s Brendon Iwanuscha go head to head in the weekend’s hockey. Blainey Woodham

Tight tussles tipped

AFTER an exciting first round in women's Tweed Border Hockey matches, I am finding it hard to split the teams.

They are all looking well-matched with every team a chance of taking the points this weekend.

The match of the round will be between Kingscliff and the Falcons at Murwillumbah from 6.40pm.

Lorelle Morrissey will be the key for Kingscliff and if she is able to fire up front, it will take the team a long way towards a win.

Morrissey will be well-supported in defence by Sam Morton and Nicole Clarke who are always strong in their roles.

Crucial to the game will be if Kingscliff's young players can find their rhythm.

They need to take the lead from Morrissey, Morton and Clarke.

Falcons will be up to the challenge with their defence boosted by the return of Carly Paron in goals.

Amy Paron, Stacey Butters and Candis Henry will have to take control of the team if they want to withstand Kingscliff's attack.

In the other women's game, Mullumbimby takes on the young Casuarina team at 5.15pm.

Casuarina will be well led by Kim Tuckwell, who combines superbly in attack with Savanah Fitzpatrick.

Mullumbimby had a good hit-out last week against Kingscliff and will be hoping to gain the points over Casuarina.

Mullumbimby's Joanne Tunstall and Samantha Johnston will need to keep the centre tight to break down any Casuarina attack.

Mullum will also be relying on its forwards to take hold up front and make every chance pay off.

The men's JH Williams Cup teams take to the road this weekend with home and away games.

First game will be Bobcats up against East Lismore at Murwillumbah a 2.25pm at Murwillumbah.

I don't see any reason why Bobcats can't come away with the points.

Kingscliff and Coraki go head to head from 3.50pm at Murwillumbah and it should be a good contest, but Coraki will be too strong.

Redbacks and Murwillumbah travel to Lismore for their matches, with Murwillumbah battling it out with Northern Star at 2.55pm and Redbacks attacking Ballina at 5.45pm.



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