Byron Bay’s Ben Coulter in action against Woolgoolga last Saturday.
Byron Bay’s Ben Coulter in action against Woolgoolga last Saturday.

Pointscore comp is the main game

The Southern Cross Credit Union Men’s Premier Division pointscore competition will now become the central focus for all teams following the defeat of Byron Bay and Goonellabah from the State Cup. The previously undefeated Hornets may have had a serious reality check after Maclean came and conquered the local competition leaders. Proving yet again how volatile football can be, the Hornets will have given local teams confidence of finding new strategies to playing Mark Ambler’s side, who have swept all aside so far this season.

Bottom placed Bangalow may not be the side to challenge Goonellabah and they will not relish feeling the wrath of the ‘yellow-men’s’ desire to re-assert their authority on the pitch when the play the 5 o’clock game this Saturday at Weston Park.

Lismore Thistles are sitting just inside the top five and will host Alstonville, who can be dangerous if their fast strikers and midfielders, including Daniel Baxter-Wright, are not watched closely. Villa coach Troy Taylor may be looking for more return in the attacking zone, with his side scoring only eight goals in six outings. Thistles are a resilient team and with Max Toovey and Ben Boland at the back, they will be a tough line to break in this 3pm clash on Saturday.

The clash of the round sees Byron Bay and Rovers square off at the Ram’s home field and both sides will want maximum points to sure up second position at this stage. Rovers have consecutive victories and are starting look like the ominous outfit of the past three seasons. In a clinical display against Workers, Rovers looked composed and powerful and with several players in the reserve grade team who would be walk up starts for most other premier teams, are progressing nicely. Tom Ruhl and Sam Owen looked sharp last week and are the players to determine the Ram’s chances in this match.

Lismore Workers will want the points against Pottsville Beach to consolidate their position on the ladder after a brilliant start to the season. Dave Lonie’s side has already shown how capable it is and realise that points on the road are essential. Italo Stars meet Ballina on Sunday at 2.30pm and every game is a final for the North Lismore side from this point as they attempt to get out of relegation danger.


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