Sharks maul Ballina

Theres nothing like self confidence to drive a team to victory and it seems that promotion from first division into premier league is a sure-fire way of giving a team that much-needed boost.

Last year it was the Goonellabah Hornets who took the league by storm, capturing the minor premiership in their first year back in the top flight. This year its the Lennox Head Sharks who have shocked the pundits by putting the beauty back into the beautiful game. On Saturday the Sharks mauled high flying Ballina 4-nil to move into outright second on the ladder. In a fast, open game Lennox dominated possession and territory as Mike Raeburn and Paul Kirkland landed two goals apiece.

Italo Stars forgettable season continued when they hurtled to ground, going down 4-1 to Rovers on Sunday. After a fairly even first half, Rovers long ball game and their sheer physical dominance up front allowed them to control the second half and run away with the game. A few fundamental errors at the back cost Stars dearly during the second half as the gun side once again came apart under pressure.

The other matches in the round went to script with Goonellabah outclassing Thistles 4-nil, Workers doing enough to take away the three points in their match against the Maclean Bobcats 1-nil, while and Byron Bay cruised to an all too easy 2-nil victory over Casino. Casino have been struggling over the last few years and the smell of relegation hangs heavy on them. This weekend they will get the chance to turn the tables on Lennox Head in a double header at Oakes Oval at 5pm. The Sharks have made a habit of giant killing this year, but whether they can maintain their intensity against the minnows remains to be seen. In the other match on Oakes Oval Stars take on the Hornets at 7pm. Things are starting to look desperate for Stars, who need a win, but the Hornets are just starting to hit their straps. This should be a fierce encounter.

The likely match of the round will be between Byron Bay and Lismore Workers in Byron at 3pm on Saturday. The Rams are on top of the hill at the moment and mightnt have the intensity to take out the Redmen.

Thistles will travel to Maclean for a thorny encounter with the Bobcats at fortress Wherritt Park at 3pm while Ballina will make the trip to Lismore for a vital match against Rovers at 3pm.


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