Sport

Bros have the experience

Brothers captain Luke Scott plays a crucial role in Ram's game.
Brothers captain Luke Scott plays a crucial role in Ram's game.

By ADRIAN MILLER sport@northernstar.com.au

MARIST Brothers coach Craig Hodges admits his side doesn't have the form on the board to feel confident going into today's elimination semi-final against Lower Clarence Magpies in Maclean. And if you look closely at results in season 2006, you can understand his feelings. In the last five rounds of the NRRRL season Brothers secured six points through byes and forfeits, lost to minor premiers Murwillumbah and beat lowly Tweed Coast Raiders. It was only through these byes and forfeits that they were able to squeak into the final five over a fast-finishing Mullumbimby. They had a couple of big wins against Grafton Ghosts and South Tweed Heads, sides which both missed the finals, but they haven't beaten any of the top five sides since round seven when they triumphed over the Magpies in Lismore by 16 points. But it's finals time, which normally means Brothers must be in with a chance. And if you look back at the club's history, you can see why. The club made every Group 1 grand final from 1992 to 2004, except 1995, winning the competition eight times. But given their poor 2006, by their own admission can they really expect to progress past this weekend? "There is no doubt this club prides itself on finals football and we seem to respond to it really well," Hodges said. "The club seems to lift when it comes into finals and there is an expectation around the place that we will go well." Hodges said it wasn't any secret how Brothers would play the game today, but it was important for his side to execute it properly. "What we have to focus on is our game and reducing our errors," he said. Hodges said his side would be at full-strength for one of the few times this season and was confident the form shown at training the previous weeks would be transferred to the Showground. "Front rower and captain Luke Scott is an important player for us and so is halfback Brent Peterson," he said. "Graham Smallwood, David Krause, Niko Vakararawa and Tim Tredigdo are all fully recovered from their injuries they sustained at different parts throughout the year, so I'm pretty excited about the team." Big test for Turkeys KYOGLE Turkeys' coach Wayne Lollback is well aware of what it means to his club to be playing finals football. After 14 seasons in the rugby league wilderness where they were already on end-of-season trips at this stage of the year, the Turkeys front up against the Cudgen Hornets tomorrow at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff, in the NRRRL qualifying semi-final. It's a huge day for Kyogle, but Lollback was keen to downplay its significance. "The club is proud of us and there is a good feeling about the place and I will make the boys aware of the history," he said. "But I don't want to put any extra pressure on the players so it's important for them to just concentrate on playing footy." Kyogle head to Kingscliff tomorrow knowing they can emerge triumphant, having destroyed the Hornets by 28 points earlier in the year but also well aware that their away form is far from impressive. They remained undefeated at home but won only two games away from New Park all season ? both against teams who missed out on the finals. Lollback said his side would try a few different strategies to over come the hoodoo, although he wasn't keen to reveal the secrets. "I think the players are just getting over that psychological problem of winning away," he said. "We have won away from home against some understrength opposition but it's time now to forget about that and do the job." Kyogle will be able to 'do the job' if their backs fire. If five-eighth Walter Donnelly is allowed to call the shots, fullback Shannon Walker and centres Garnett Donnelly and Rod Graham are dangerous from anywhere and could run riot."



LISTEN: Resident airs frustrations over parking debacle

Paid parking has pushed hospital commuters into suburbia, proving problematic for residents.

Parking pressures felt in suburbia of hospital precinct

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

NSW Sport comments on Lennox Head Ski Jump

An artist impression of the Ski jump facility at Lennox Head. The size of the structure has upset locals, but it may not be as big as it appears in the artist impression.

Lennox Head Ski Jump on its four week exhibition

Local Partners

Lismore City Council to demolish much-loved Lake Pool

LISMORE City councillors have backed down from spending $2.75 million to refurbish the Lismore Lake Pool, the scene of many happy childhood memories.


First female superhero film in 12 years

AMAZON: Actress Gal Gadot in a scene from the film Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman opens next Thursday

Stories Troy Cassar-Daley carries around

LEGEND: Troy Cassar-Daley after receiving the Golden Guitar Award for Album of the Year during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.

You can see him in Ballina this weekend

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

KIM Kardashian has been slammed by her followers after posting a tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

Stars line up for writers festival

POPULAR: Byron Writers Festival 2016 recorded the biggest crowds in 20 years of the event.

John Safran, Deng Thiak Adut and Dava Sobel among others

MOVIE REVIEW: King Arthur - Legend of the Sword

Charlie Hunnam in a scene from the movie King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.

Why the critics have got Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur all wrong.

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

Slaves in Byron: The dark side of housing crisis

Housing generic.

A darker side to Byron's economy

Bonville to become new housing hub

REZONING: Large areas of Bonville have been rezoned for residential

Land rezoning will turn farmland into housing

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!