Men get down to business for 2010
The Southern Cross Credit Union Men’s Premier Division kicks off this Saturday with the promise of an exciting 2010 competition. Alstonville meets Lismore Richmond Rovers at Villa’s home ground, Crawford Park, at 3pm Saturday. New Villa coach Troy Taylor has a young squad that has shown some good signs early in the season and will no doubt want to keep his players focused on the rigors of top competition. The side possesses speed and talent and after a year back together in the tough premier men’s competition, should be a more consistent side than in 2009 where performances fell a little short at times.
Rovers head into the new season in familiar territory, as defending champions, although they do so with several key players from recent seasons missing from the line-up. New coach Tim Sheridan has already shown that his playing skills may be an important factor as he moulds a changed attack.
Byron Bay has been the side that has promised so much in the premier league and the wily Peter Ware again has a strong group of footballers at his disposal. The Rams meet Ballina and after an Anzac Cup clash that resulted in a one all draw, this match should be close. Lismore Workers must be still licking their wounds after a 7-0 thrashing last week at the hands of Goonellabah, although coach Scott Collis is too experienced to dwell on a loss that some pundits believed was simply a case of the Hornets being “white hot” on the night. They play Bangalow, who are the only premier side yet to play a match in 2010 thus far. Goal-keeper Alex Pratt takes up the clipboard this season, in a year that could be a real test for the Bluedogs.
In a 5pm game that is sure to be exciting, Stars host Goonellabah at Barrow Lane. Rick Austen is yet another captain-coach and his no-nonsense style and experience from the back will make Stars a tough team to crack again this year. The 3pm Sunday game matches Lismore Thistles against Pottsville Beach, who defeated the Blues last week and will see themselves as being a strong chance to do it again. Fans are encouraged to get along to a game and make the World Cup season one to remember.