By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
WOOLGOOLGA'S captain-coach John Cross is a renowned family man.
After most matches there is a little Cross running up to greet their dad not long after the final whistle.
As a proud father, Cross undoubtedly knows his fair share of nursery rhymes.
In the lead-up to tomorrow's big clash against Orara Valley, he might need the tune to Teddy Bears Picnic to warn his players of what they can expect if they think of giving the Axemen an inch.
'If you go out to Coramba today, you're sure of a big surprise because tomorrow's the day that the Axemen could have their picnic'.
The individual flair within the Seahorses line-up has received rave reviews over the last season and a half with Arthur Murray being dubbed the 'King' and last week prop Xavier 'Dozer' Sullivan played an absolute blinder.
Orara though have their own stars who can create the Axemen picnic and have no doubts, they're keen to keep intact their unbeaten record over the last four years against the Seahorses.
Veteran halves Brett Davis and Brad Hart will be conjuring up their own tricks when they've got the ball in their hands while giant prop Joel Riddle's clash with Sullivan will resemble King Kong Bundy taking on Andre the Giant in a cage match.
Axemen captain-coach Matt Donovan is capable of producing some magic himself but at this stage he's happy to take on Woolgoolga at their own game.
"We just need to concentrate on our thing," he said.
"I'm confident that if we can get our defence in place that our attack will take care of itself.
"We'll definitely be focussing on our defence and making sure we combat their big forwards but there's no specific plan, we just want to look after ourselves."
This is the first meeting these two teams have had since last season's epic Preliminary Final that saw the Axemen prevail in extra-time.
With this titanic clash fresh in the minds of both club's supporters plus the fact that often large scores of Woolgoolga fans enjoy making the trek to Coramba for an afternoon at the footy, a massive crowd is expected tomorrow.
Cross says his boys can't wait for the challenge.
"We were saying through the week that they're the only club over the last couple of years that we haven't had a win against," he said.
"It looks like they're back to playing some good footy too so it should be a great game with a big crowd."