Curtain comes down on Bobcats' season
THE FINAL curtain will come down on the two Clarence Valley campaigns in the North Coast Football premier division this weekend.
Looking only at the competition table it is easy to suggest the season has been a long and unsuccessful one for both Maclean Bobcats and Westlawn Tigers.
But if you scratch the surface you can find plenty of positives from both camps.
Guiseppe Terranova started the season believing his Bobcats would feature in the final four.
The coach maintained his belief until it was mathematically out of reach, and said yesterday the final spiral began with their round 14 clash with the Tigers.
"I'll blame the bye the week before," Terranova said.
"I guess you could say it started there. Full credit to Westlawn, they played really well that day.
"We're hoping to put an end to the unfortunate performances of the last few weeks and finish with a bang."
Their final outing is away to Orara Valley Dingoes today, who are sitting in second last spot.
Orara tried to have the game moved to Saturday, but Terranova said the NCF would not budge.
"I think it's more beneficial to Orara's sponsors if it's held on a Saturday, but it looks like that didn't change," Terranova said.
"I don't think our game can influence anything, but it's their call."
A Bobcats victory could see the Lower Clarence club move to 20 points and finish sixth, while a loss could leave them in danger of dropping to seventh.
Their win could also help give Westlawn a chance of avoiding the wooden spoon, but they will need to overcome Coffs Coast Tigers at home.
Maclean have been forced into one change, with defender Brad Corbett unavailable.
Cullen Stewart Butcher will step up to fill the big shoes at left back, with Lance Knibbs covering centre back.
Terranova said Stewart Butcher started the season in first grade, and impressed in reserve grade for most of the year.
"Cullen's a younger player who has immense talent," Terranova said.
He said he would slot in well.
Orara Valley v Maclean Bobcats
Kick-off: 2pm tomorrow at Orara ValleyRod Menzies, Gary Carmichael, Lance Knibbs, Mackenzie Allen, Cullen Stewart Butcher, Daley Durrant, Sam Finlayson, Jack Plater, Evan Lloyd, Jarrod Doyle, Luke Hanlon