Bobcats go in as favourites

THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats host a youthful Casino Cobras at Barry Watts Oval Maclean in this afternoons round of the Far North Coast Premier League football.

The Maclean team will go in as warm favourites, but cannot not let their guard down as they did last weekend when they allowed Ballina to sneak a fortuitous draw.

The Bobcats were bitterly disappointed with letting Ballina of the hook and Casino will be facing a fired up and focused outfit this weekend.

Coach Steve O'Sullivan has only one injury concern with left flanker Aaron Bylos still nursing a bad back and a decision on his fitness and place in the team will not be made until this morning.

If he is rested O'Sullivan has a more then handy and experienced replacement in Geoff Simmons ready to come back into the side.

It shapes as an interesting day for Bobcat defender Aaron Swanson as he lines up against his former club for just the second time.

On top of that it is likely he will be called upon to mark his younger brother, so family bragging rights will be on the line almost as much as the result.

Even at this early stage in the season this match shapes up as an important cross road for the mid-table Bobcats.

A win will see them catapulted right in amongst the semi-final contenders, but a draw or loss could see them dragged closer to the relegation dogfight where Casino currently find themselves.

Coming off a strong win last weekend the Premier reserves, kick off at 1pm today with the Premier League to start at 3pm at Barry Watts Oval Maclean.

Tigers want revenge

WITH only 27 sleeps until The World Cup, fans of the game can get their fix of football at Junction Hill today when the Woolgoolga Wolves return to Barnier Park to take on the Crown Hotel Westlawn Tigers in Round 8 of the North Coast Premier League.

The likely Tigers Premier League team line up is Peter Fysh and James Connor up front, Jamie Pitkin, Daniel Purser, Matt Dougherty and Craig Phelps in the midfield, Michael Bowles, Adam Pearce, Mitch Schofield and Cody Wratten in defence with Brad Robertson as the keeper.

The main change this week is James Connor and Craig Phelps coming into the starting line up of the top side.

Both had outstanding games when substituted on last week as well as in reserves before that.

James Connor added that attacking flair that the Tigers needed up front and Craig Phelps made a huge impact in organising and controlling the midfield.

The Tigers last played the Wolves in the first game of the season and were unlucky then not to come away with some points after a slow start.

If this Tigers side fires this afternoon, they will be good enough to take the points from the Wolves.

The Tigers have more at stake for this game so their desperation for points should provide for an entertaining match.

The Tigers Premier Reserves had a comfortable 3-1 win against the Wolves Reserves last time the two sides met.

While the final starting line up is still to be determined, the Tigers reserves usually deliver an attacking brand of football that is entertaining to watch.

This week the Tigers Reserves should start as favourites again, however they were upset last week in their nail biting 3-3 draw, a game they were expected to win, where they only levelled the scores in the final 10 second.

Whatever the result, the Tigers Reserves will be an exciting game to watch.

The Westlawn Tigers Reserves and Premier League sides play the Wolves at 3pm and 5pm at Junction Hill against Woolgoolga Wolves.

The third division Westlawn Panthers travel over the Rushforth Park to take on City at 1pm.

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