Bobcats prefer to play than have the weekend off
IF YOU think the Maclean Bobcats are unhappy to be playing this Anzac weekend you'd be sorely mistaken.
That is the vibe from coach Giuseppe Terranova, who is keen for his squad to run around the Polwarth Drive field tomorrow against Coffs Coast Tigers.
Before you think Terranova is mad for happily disposing of the weekend off, consider their previous history in fixtures that follow the week off.
"We tend to struggle after breaks so I'm glad we're playing," he said.
"I'd much rather be playing than having the time off."
Maclean will be close to full strength for the clash, taking on a Tigers outfit licking its wounds after last week's 8-3 loss to Sawtell Scorpions.
The non-existent defence they showed during that game has not made Terranova any more confident of victory, given Coffs Coast pipped Boambee Bombers in the first week.
The Bombers easily disposed of Maclean 5-0 in their match earlier this year.
"This season has been bizarre," Terranova said.
"So far Coffs Lions and Urunga Raiders are the only teams that look like winning. Lions haven't conceded a goal, yet they've scored 21 already.
"I've always believed they're beatable. If we don't concede an early goal we'll be okay."
That mentality will follow the Bobcats into every game, with the team switching into panic mode when their opposition scores.
"Instead of playing like it's nil-all we go looking for that goal," Terranova said.
"We start on the back foot too often but once we fix that we'll be okay."