Football is in recess for all but a few teams over the long weekend, with two scheduled matches only in the Southern Cross Credit Union Men’s Premier Division. Although there are still many games to be played from previous rounds due to washouts, most fields will sit idle this week. In the only game to be played over the holiday weekend, Byron Bay will travel to Casino at 3pm on Monday and look to consolidate their position in the top five.
The Rams took a long time to get into stride last week in their Solo Cup clash with Lismore Workers, eventually winning three goals to one. Jordy Campbell led the way up front and showed his experience and class, making him a handful for the defence. Byron Bay has an array of talent and experience, making them a dangerous side. Seasoned campaigner Bruce Morhaus will miss this clash after being sent off against Thistles and although his absence will be a loss, the depth in the Ram’s squad should compensate. A leg injury to Sam Owens may cause another change to the side that will be wary of Casino’s recent form. A loss last week against the Hornets may have tempered the Casino confidence a little but they have shown their competitiveness, having moved safely off the bottom of the table. Zac Innes and Dean Casey are really benefiting from being around hardened players, John Wraight, Trent Battistuzzi and Wayne Mortimer. Tuesday night sees Goonellabah and Lismore Thistles play their postponed match when they meet at Weston Park at 6.30pm. Goonellabah’s position on the ladder is not reflected in their performances with three catch up matches still to play. This is a big game for both sides, with the two sides sharing second place behind leader Richmond Rovers. Big Max Hospers continues to impress at the back for Thistles and has been a tower of strength. Coach Paul Parmenter will hope that Brenton Parrish will be available to support Jake Nind. The Hornets are desperate to build some momentum after so many disruptions and hopefully the sun will shine all week as Weston Park is soft and still susceptible to closure. With Kale Hopper and Matt Dorigo controlling the midfield, they always look balanced and composed. We can expect an exciting open game as conditions continue to improve. Let’s hope the weather is as positive as our enthusiasm to crank things up for part two of season 2011.
Steve Mackney, Football Far North Coast