Bobcats claw their way to the top
The Maclean Bobcats surge up the ladder continued last Saturday as the notoriously quixotic Maclean men settled into second place behind Byron Bay after a 3-nil win over inevitable relegation candidates Casino at Oakes Oval.
Maclean debutante midfielder Broden Hirst scored two goals in an unforgettable first match for the Bobcats, while striker Travis Armstrong continued his good form with their third goal.
The Lennox Head Sharks are travelling down the ladder as quickly as Maclean are climbing up it. They fell to equal third last week after going down 4-1 to Rovers. The loss is the Sharks third on the trot and they need to halt the slide soon or they will miss the semis.
Meanwhile Rovers, with a fit captain/ coach, Tim Sheridan, causing havoc across the park, look like major premiership material. That theory will be tested this Saturday in Byron Bay when Rovers go head-to-head with the Rams at 3pm in a sumptuous encounter.
Italo Stars are also on the rise and their first half against Thistles at Oakes Oval would have troubled any side in the competition. However, the second half was a shambles where they lost their tempers and almost dropped a point, finally winning 4-2 against a determined Thistles unit. This weekend they are at home to the Sharks in another crucial encounter for both teams.
The only other game of interest is between Thistles and Workers at Thistle Park at 3pm on Saturday. Thistles, who will celebrate their 50th birthday next year, are in deadly fear of relegation, while the Redmen have come unravelled, going down to Goonellabah 2-nil in an uninspiring game last round.
This Saturday the Bobcats should make light work of Ballina at home on Wherritt Park at 3pm and the Goonellabah Hornets should easily beat the Casino Cobras at Weston Park at 5pm.