Jamie's last battle
JAMIE Tredinnick is set to play his last game of rugby union on the Far North Coast today when Lennox Head Trojans tackle Ballina Seahorses in the local derby at Quay Reserve this afternoon.
"Ballina look forward to this game each year, Lennox look forward to it," Trojans co-coach Paul Jeffrey said.
"For so many years Ballina have been the big brother and Lennox were the little brother but over the last couple of years the tide has turned."
Trojans have won the past four grand finals and their glue has been their hooker - Tredinnick - who leaves the region for the windy city, Melbourne, with his wife Karina on business.
"He plays his last game tomorrow, he's making a move to Melbourne with his wife," Jeffrey said.
"He was there when we started the nice roll, four years ago he was a member of the 2008 premiership winning team, he's been involved with every premiership, very grand final so we want to do the right thing by him and send him out a winner."
The fierce rivalry between the two seasiders is well documented but the game will certainly lose a true competitor.
Both sides will be primed to see Tredinnick farewelled in a fitting manner but in different ways.
While the Trojans want to see him depart a winner, the Seahorses are prepared to spoil the party - given it is at their home ground the locals will give the Trojans and in particular Tredinnick plenty from the sidelines.
"Tomorrow is a very interesting clash," Jeffrey said.
"We've got quite a few away so it brings a few new faces into the first grade side, these new fellas get their chance.
"It is early days and it is hard to get a gauge where every team is at but they (Ballina) have got a few very, very good players in their side ... on their day if we are not careful they could give us one hell of a shake-up."
Ballina is coming off an away 27-12 loss to Grafton that coach Craig Deare described as a "poor performance".
"It is going to be a tough match but we are pretty relaxed," he said.
"I gave them a rocket on Tuesday and last night they responded at training."
In other matches Lismore host Casino while Southern Cross University travels to Lyle Park to play Wollongbar-Alstonville. Grafton has the bye.
On Thursday Wollongbar-Alstonville beat SCU 39-10 at Crozier Field, Lismore after leading 15-10 at half-time.
That match was brought forward due to the Lismore Turf Club SCU Cup being run today.