Testing Tigers time
WESTLAWN Tigers will take the opportunity to test themselves against a team from another competition when they play Lismore Workers in the second round of the Northern NSW State Cup at Western Park Goonellabah at 2pm today.
The Tigers were washed out last Saturday against Coffs Harbour and have had training severely restricted due to recent weather conditions.
This weekend was set aside for any postponed matches in the early part of the season, but round two of the State Cup has been scheduled.
It will once again give the Tigers a great opportunity to test themselves against opposition from a different zone.
Last week's postponement has allowed a few players with niggling injuries to gain full fitness. The only unavailable player is in-form midfielder Zac Mawhinny, so the coaching staff has almost everyone available for selection.
Having won their last two league outings, the players are keen to progress further in the knock-out competition.
Last year they progressed to the third round and are hoping to equal that or go one better and get into the prize money.
Lismore Workers showed in round one at Barnier Park that they are a very well drilled football side and play an expansive, attacking style of game based on controlling possession.
They defeated Coffs Coast Tigers 4-1 in round one and it was an emphatic win against an outfit that Westlawn defeated 1-0 in April.
"We had an opportunity to see Workers earlier in the competition and they were impressive," Westlawn coach Robert Usher said.
"We will need to be on our game right from the start, as they are one of the strongest clubs in their league and are a proud club with a long history in the game in Northern Rivers football.
"We have been in good form but with the disrupted season so far we need to build on our last two good performances and work hard.
"There will be a few minor changes in our structure and these games often give fringe players an opportunity to state their case for a regular start."
This will be great preparation for next weekend's Mother's Day trip to take on last season's finalist Urunga.
With postponements and a bye in the competition no one team has dominated, which makes for a competitive and interesting competition.