New coach for Tigers
THE Crown Hotel Westlawn Tigers are pleased to announce the appointment of Terry Wratten to the position of Premier League Coach for the 2006 North Coast Premier League season.
The club has been busy in the off-season preparing for an improved premier league performance in 2006 and believe that Terry is the person to get the results.
Terry will bring a considerable amount of experience to the club with previous premier league experience, various premierships with Lower Clarence clubs and a playing career spanning 37 years.
The former CRSA Coach of the Year also has considerable representative coaching experience involving some of the current Westlawn players.
The 2006 season will also see the Crown Tigers as the only Grafton-based premier league team in the Coffs/Clarence competition and they have already strengthened their premier league squad with some extra signings over the break.
Other preparations for next season are also planned with training set to start 5pm on Saturday, January 21 at Barnier Park, Junction Hill with a barbecue likely at the Crown Hotel afterwards.
Any potential premier league players could contact Terry Wratten on 0438435255 or Lindsay Nash on 0407280069.
Bet on Socceroos
PERTH. ? Betting agencies in Australia are protecting themselves against a fairytale run by the Socceroos at next year's World Cup finals in Germany.
Following the Socceroos' sensational effort against Uruguay, SportsTAB has listed them at $51 to win the 2006 World Cup, while Centrebet has them at $67.
Those odds place them ahead of a host of countries with far more footballing pedigree than Australia, including Croatia, the United States and Serbia and Montenegro.
In contrast, British betting agency Ladbrokes has Australia as a rank outsider at $101, understandable given it will only be the country's second appearance ever on the sport's biggest stage.
The US is ranked seventh in the world and has contested each of the past five World Cups, qualifying this year with three games to spare.
Ladbrokes has them at $81, well ahead of Australia.