Desperates do battle
By GRANT NEILSON
IN the final round of the Far North Coast Premier League football the Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats will be looking to consolidate second position with a win against a desperate Italo Stars team that need to win to be any chance of making the semi final cut.
However, it would appear that the weather is the biggest nemesis for both these teams as this game has already been washed out twice and at the time of writing could very well suffer the same fate for a third time.
The match is scheduled for Barry Watts Oval, Maclean, on this afternoon, but could be pushed back to tomorrow or even moved to another location depending on the state of the playing surface.
With both teams expected to be at full strength and so much on the line -- a home semi for the Bobcats and a place in the top five for Stars -- it will no doubt be a thrilling encounter, particularly if the first round is anything to go by.
In the earlier match this season the Bobcats came from behind to win 2-1 in a pulsating match, punctuated by a torrid midfield battle where Eris Dufficy and Kevin Crofton eventually emerged triumphant, if not battered and bruised.
Dufficy's presence was missed in the loss to Workers last weekend, but he is expected to return for the Stars match and will be elevated straight back into the starting XI to signal the Bobcats are at full strength.
On paper Stars are widely considered to be the strongest team in the Premier League but they have proven to be a hot and cold this season as their position on the table suggests.
However, on their day they can be very hard to beat and the Bobcats will have to be at their best with possession and without, to be any chance against the Lismore powerhouse.
With the semi-final series starting next weekend both teams will be looking for confidence building wins and weather permitting it will be a great match up against to of the most feared teams in the league.
Late yesterday Bobcats officials said any play today was unlikely, but predicted the game would go ahead at Barry Watts Oval tomorrow if the surface was fit for play. Otherwise the game would be switched to Yamba.