Watch out for the Warriors: Hodson
NEW LCCA president Rob Hodson has nominated the Woodford Island Warriors as the team to beat in this season's first grade competition.
On the eve of the first finals clashes, Hodson said he was looking forward to the season's showpiece event following a campaign that, at times, was trying.
The wet weather has significantly shortened the fixtures list while the Wanderers have been forced to forfeit games due to a lack of numbers.
But, just two months into the top post, Hodson is now looking forward to the on-field action.
The Warriors host the major semi-final at Barry Watts Oval, Maclean, against Yamba, while Iluka face a tricky trip to Yamba Oval for the clash with United in the elimination match.
“At this stage the Warriors I think will be the side to beat,” Hodson said.
“I don't think they have won it before and have been doing well in all grades so they have the depth there.
“They had a few players who went and played with Tucabia in the CRCA last season and have become better players since.”
The Warriors have been the surprise packet of the competition, with few tipping the squad, largely made up of rugby league players, to even qualify for the finals.
Instead, thanks to the efforts of batsmen like Brett O'Connor, the Warriors clinched the minor premiership and a maiden club championship when they defeated Yamba last weekend.
The psychological remnants of that loss will be determined today.
But Hodson, for one, is not willing to write off Yamba just yet.
“Yamba is still capable,” he said.
“They haven't got to the top of the table without playing well.”
Hodson listed United as the favourites to progress from the elimination contest.
“United is a side full of good players and they can beat anyone on their day,” he said.