Buccaneers need wind in the sails
YAMBA Buccaneers will be out to avoid the wooden spoon when they clash with Wollongbar on their homeground tomorrow in the Far North Coast rugby competition.
The bottom-of-the-table clash between Wollongbar and Yamba at Lyle Park could be the most entertaining match of the round.
The young Yamba team plays an expansive game and if the Pioneers take the hint, they will do the same as they have nothing to lose ? except the wooden spoon.
nLAST year's grand finalists Lismore and Casino meet at Casino this week.
With only a point separating the teams on the ladder, the winner will assume the leadership of the competition and favouritism for the minor premiership.
Lismore is coming off a bye while Casino struggled to beat Wollongbar last week.
Each side has beaten the other in earlier games so this shapes up to be a great decider.
nBALLINA at home to the University Gold Rats, will be out to make up for their unexpected loss to Grafton last week.
University was patchy against Yamba but they have beaten Ballina at Ballina once this year so could do it again. A loss to the students would end any slight hope they might have of making the finals.
nIN RESERVE grade, Grafton inflicted the first defeat of the season on the Ballina reserves at Grafton last week and while the Redmen enjoy a bye this round, Ballina plays Southern Cross Uni at home.
The students have slumped, losing badly to Mullumbimby last weekend and may suffer again as the Ballina Seahorses make up for last week's loss.
nIN third grade, Yamba went down to competition leaders Lismore last weekend and need a strong showing against Ballina at Ballina to cement a spot in the final four.
Last weekend, Ballina was beaten by Grafton for the first time in years giving Grafton a chance of edging Yamba out of the semis.
nIN the village competition, top teams Bangalow and Iluka meet in the last round of the series in a preview of the major semi-final next week.
Iluka could draw level with Bangalow if they win by a 20point margin and pick up a bonus point. This is unlikely and there will probably only be a point or two in the result.
Lennox Head host Kyogle, the preview of the minor semifinal, and with both teams coming off bad losses last week, either could win.
Evans River hosts Range in the other match which could go either way.
? JOHN DRYSDALE.