Lee swaps surfboard for football

By GARY PHILLIPS

Northern Storm v Westlawn Sunday 2pm at Korora

FORMER professional surfer Lee Winkler has no regrets about leaving behind a career on the world tour to enjoy some normality to his life.

Northern Storm coach Danny Milliken is very happy with Lee's decision.

"Lee's footwork on the ball, is just as impressive as his footwork on the board," he said.

After a solid 3-2 win last week, Winkler will again be at the heart of the Northern Storm defence when they host Grafton side Westlawn.

"If we tighten things up at the back we have every chance of back to back wins and further our chances of making the finals, even at this early stage." Winkler said.

Westlawn however will struggle with the absence of father and son Cody and Terry Ratten.

Both were sent off last week in the 2-1 loss to Woolgoolga, defender Cody for dangerous play and then Coach Terry for foul and abusive language after protesting the decision.

Storm leads the competition after an impressive 3-2 win over the Tigers last weekend and should take the points at Korora on Sunday.

Coffs Coast Tigers v Urunga Raiders Sunday 2pm at Polwarth Drive

n TIGERS fans will be excited by the return of Paul Dixon and Matt Weir to strengthen last week's leaky defence and David Hall will add spark to the front line.

However, the loss of suspended Clint Silvia and Luke Venn through work commitments will not please coach Rob Harbour who will demand a more disciplined performance.

Urunga Raiders stole the three points last week over Valley Utd with a last minute penalty.

This week they will be determined to improve their away record of 2005 if they hope to be a title contender.

Tigers should win at home.

Valley United v Sawtell Scorpions Saturday, 7pm at Macksville.

n VALLEY Utd will need some early wins to build much needed confidence after a disappointing 2005 season.

They were unlucky last weekend conceding a last minute penalty, but will not get a better opportunity to beat a new look Sawtell.

Sawtell have lost five players that played in last years Grand Final and Coach Ian Glover will have some sleepless nights and a lot of work to shape his teenagers.

In a trial game recently Sawtell only had two players over the age of 20, a draw looks likely.

The fixture between champions Coffs Harbour Lions v Woolgoolga has been postponed because of this weekend's Premiers Cup in Goonellabah.

The NCF Champions will play Macleay Valley on Saturday with the winner progressing to Sunday's final to play the winner of Goonellabah and South Armidale.



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