Vikings aim: turn Hunters to the hunted

THE Grafton City Vikings could not have chosen a harder opponent for their second outing of the season, playing last season's premiers the Newcastle Hunters at home tomorrow.

Looking to go back to back this season, the Hunters have almost doubled the score of every team they have played so far in 2006.

The Vikings have only played the one game so far and that was for a win in which they struggled for the majority of the game also against one of last year's play-off teams.

The Vikings will be weakened in this game by the loss of captain and top point scorer Matt Moran, who is enjoying Fijian sunshine.

Newcastle have been in scintillating form this year just about doubling the opposition's score in each game they have played including last week's 143-59 defeat of Raymond Terrace.

Today they play Coffs Harbour in Coffs Harbour in what could be a tough game for them.

This could make the Vikings' task a little easier as they will have to be up early to travel to Grafton after what the Vikings hope will be a tough game for Newcastle.

The Vikings took a long while to get going in their first game, but when they hit their straps in the third quarter they looked the best they have looked for a long while.

Having Steve Smith back running the point spot is a big plus for the Vikings.

After playing only one game it was plain that he has lost none of his skill and would still be the premier point guard in the league.

He will have to be at the top of his form in this game as Newcastle have some classy guards that are quick but it is expected that Smith will be able to handle anything that's thrown at him.

The doors will open at 10.30am tomorrow for an 11am tip off with the kiosk being open all game for coffee.

Admission is just $5 for adults and $3 for under-16s.

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