'Underdogs' ready for Hockey semi

ON Friday night, the semi-finals series of the Tweed Border Hockey Association continues with Waratah Falcons playing Kingscliff.

The winner will go through to face Casuarina in the grand final next week.

Last week, Kingscliff scored a 'surprise' 2-0 win over Mullumbimby and will need to keep that form going against the 'heavyweight' Waratahs.

The young Kingscliff team will go into the match as underdogs while Waratahs will be looking to squash Kingscliff and build some momentum towards a rematch with

rivals Casuarina.

Expect Waratahs to come out strongly and try to take control of the game early.

In other women's semi finals this weekend, Waratahs Gold will play Pottsville in division three and Waratahs Wrens will take on Mullumbimby in division two.

Should Waratahs win this match, they will then play clubmates Hawks in the grand final.

Meanwhile, in the men's division-one competition, Casuarina/United play Waratahs on Saturday, with the winner through to the grand final.

The Waratahs will need to keep Cas/United's Jamie Barratt in check as he is having his best season to date, while the Tweed Coast side will have to be on their game, watching Waratahs' captain Tim Willis up front right through to Troy O'Keefe at the back.

Waratahs have an impressive finals record and know how to win pressure games.

In other men's semi-finals tomorrow, in division three the 'big guns' of the competition - United and Waratah Jags - do battle in what I expect will be a cracker of a match.

Neither side has lost to the other with their previous clashes being draws.

On Sunday, Redbacks play Mullumbimby in a sudden-death clash, with the winner to play the loser of tomorrow's semi-final.

In division-three men, Mullumbimby plays Kingscliff and in division two, Casuarina plays Kingscliff.

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