Bobcats to make up lost ground
THE Maclean Bowling Club Bobcats will look to overcome their disappointing start to the 2011 North Coast Football season when they host the Northern Storm at Barry Watts Oval this afternoon.
The delayed start to the season turned eagerness into anxiety last week, but a response from coach Steve O'Sullivan's troops is inevitable.
Maclean and the Northern Storm have stoked up a rivalry in recent meetings between the two teams, particularly last year. This season promises to be no different, as both sides will be highly committed and looking to pick up early points in this season's finals race.
The Storm impressed onlookers during last week's Solo Cup match against Byron Bay, with speedy strikers and a lively midfield.
However, Maclean has yet to show its real game and will present a completely new challenge to the storm.
The Bobcat backline will be crucial in defence and attack, as the central pairing of Brad Corbett and Gary Carmichael look to continue on from good performances last Sunday.
Bobcats striker Nick Potente will be hungry for goals and service to the front will be pivotal to Maclean's performance.
Maclean's youth team will kick off at 1pm and the first division at 3pm.
In other Clarence Valley first division football, the Westlawn Tigers take on the Orara Valley Dingoes at the Upper Orara Recreation Reserve at 3pm.