South Tweed Colts’ Jack Boote appeals for LBW against Cudgen. He knows it’s vital to catch up with the ladder leaders now before they get too much of a lead.
South Tweed Colts’ Jack Boote appeals for LBW against Cudgen. He knows it’s vital to catch up with the ladder leaders now before they get too much of a lead. Blainey Woodham

Time for Colts to pick up points

HAVING withstood the toughest opening draw of the LJ Hooker League, the time has come for South Tweed to start piling on the points.

The rejuvenated outfit was bolstered by the inclusion of captain Jack Boote and his Gold Coast clan in the off-season, but after four rounds the club finds itself slumped on the 10th rung of the ladder.

That’s because although South Tweed has been competitive with big guns and current top three outfits Cudgen, Ballina and Casino – a feat almost no other side adrift the top six can boast – the reality is there is still a sizeable gap to be bridged.

However with the calibre of personnel the Colts possess, like Boote (second on the champion player standing), Tait Burns (third), Matthew Shean (16th), Tom Dubelaar (33rd) and the ever-ready Joel Walle, it’s only a matter of time before the reformed line-up upset a few powerhouses.

On paper and on recent form Colts should prove too strong for any team adrift the top six, maybe even the top four..

They begin their stint against some of the lesser-ranked clubs at home to cellar-dwellers Murwillumbah at Dave Burns Field this afternoon.

Unlike the Colts, Murwillumbah have been hammered in their opening four games, conceding two first innings and two outrights to lie one spot from the foot of the ladder.

Second only to Pottsville in the race for the season’s most miser-able performances, Murwillumbah could be the perfect launch pad to generate some confidence among the South Tweed troops.

With the table as tight as it is at this early stage of the season, an outright could elevate South Tweed as high as sixth.

Another team needing points to stay in touch with the front-runners is Terranora.

A solid opening to the season had the Lakes boys on the fringe of the four entering their round-three clash with Cudgen, but the league leaders proved too strong.

Things don’t get any easier for the locals this week either, facing a long trip south to battle second placed Ballina at Fripp Oval.

Elsewhere, Cudgen will look to extend their lead hosting Tintenbar-East Ballina at Reg Dalton Oval and Pottsville take on Brunswick/Byron at Thompson Oval.

The action begins at 1pm.



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