By Leith Bassett
With the third round of the NCAFL happening this weekend, the Grafton Tigers are ready to host Sawtell Saints at home, Ellem Oval, in what should be a hardfought contest.
Sawtell had a good win last week against the new team in the comp, the Nambucca Lions, and we are ready to go after having a week off due to a bye last week.
Our side will also be strengthened by the inclusion of a couple of senior players that were missing from the first game.
Recovering from our first round loss to Port, we have done some hard work on the training track and all the boys are confident of bouncing back with a victory this weekend.
We had a good opportunity to assess what went wrong in the first game and work towards improving our game to get our first win for the season.
With the inclusion of players such as Mark Blundell and Neil Gorring, and the players being better for the hit out in the first round, we will be playing a much more competitive game and higher quality game of footy.
I for one certainly hope this is the case, as we have been copping a fair amount of cheek from the Under-18 side after their com- prehensive first round victory.
nSPEAKING of the Under-18s, they were very impressive in the first week, but they face a harder challenge this week with Sawtell.
The Saints always manage to field a strong junior side and this year will be no different, so our side has been preparing for this game with that in mind.
Coach Rick Hayman had his team working really hard and the whole club is very confident that the boys will have another victory to their names after this weekend.
nTHE cheerleaders will be back in action this weekend and they have a new routine.
The girls work really hard at their routines, and their performances are a real credit to their hard work.
Everyone I spoke to after the game two weeks ago praised the girls very highly, and were very pleased with their inclusion into our football club.
There was one person commenting how watching the cheerleaders 'definitely beat looking at the blokes boof heads'.
nTHIS week in Questions for the Coach, I have been asked to explain, 'What is the rules regarding bumping players when they don't have the ball'?
This is one of the parts of the game that confuses a lot of people new to the game of AFL.
To put it basically, if a player is within 5 metres of the football you can either shepherd the ball or one of your players who is attempting to get the ball.
To do this you are only allowed to use your body, and are not allowed to grab your opponent with your hands.
This also applies when you are attempting to protect one of your team mates who is in possession of the football.
This is when you see the big hits (known as hip and shoulders) in the games and it is all legal as long as you don't hit your opponent above the shoulders or from behind.
I hope I see you all at the home of the Tigers, Ellem Oval, this Saturday supporting us as we take on Sawtell Saints, and I look forward to answering any questions you may ask.
You can contact me on 66427787 or Warren Bagnall on 66432821 or post questions to PO Box 1517, Grafton 2460.