Rumours adding tension to clash

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

THERE has always been a little bit of added tension in matches when the Coffs Hotel Tigers and Diggers Ex-Services have met but Tigers' captain-coach Daryl Parmenter says that over the next two weeks there might be a little bit more spice than normal.

Over the winter months, there was talk that the Tigers were going to struggle to field a first grade team this summer due to player losses and some at the club are adamant that those rumours started from within the Diggers camp.

Parmenter isn't so sure that this is in fact the case but he knows there are some fired-up boys in his team.

"There's going to be a bit of old rivalry brought back due to some off-season recruiting tactics used," the captain said.

"To be honest, talent wise Diggers are the team to beat in the comp so this could be our stepping stone for the rest of the season.

"It will give a few of the guys extra pleasure to knock them off because we're not a spent force as a club, contrary to a few of the rumours that we've heard."

It's important that the Coffs Hotel team get a win under their belt this round after losing their opening round clash with Nana Glen. Another losss would see them head straight to the cellar on the table but Parmenter believes a long, hard look in the mirror held last week should turn the team's fortunes around.

"We sat down in the dressing room after last week and we all felt the same, we all hate losing," Parmenter added.

"We know what we've got to do to get the winning feeling back and make sure we sing the team song in the dressing rooms afterwards.

"Everyone now knows their job, it's just a matter of getting it done."

n Today the number of turf wickets available for play for Coffs Harbour's cricketers swells by one. Brelsford Park and Fitzroy Oval have been mainstays of the local cricket scene as far as turf cricket is concerned and more recently the preparation of turf wickets at Richardson Park and the International Stadium has added some variety.

Last week it was the new pitch at Woolgoolga's High Street ground that was added to the list but this afternoon the PBBC Colts and Sawtell get first use of the wicket at the Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park, formerly known as the West Marshalls ground.

The Colts have started their season in spectacular fashion and head into this two-day clash against the reigning premiers as warm favorites.

Don't consider a Colts victory a fait acompli though. New cricket squares have a habit of tossing up upset results during the 12-month settling-in period.



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