Stadium game lights up league

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

SATURDAY night football is coming to town tonight and the Stadium better brace itself for one hell of a clash. Looking at the table it's easy to assume that the Coffs Harbour and Sawtell affair will be one-way traffic for the Panthers. Don't bother telling that to Sawtell captain-coach Craig Wallace though as he refuses to entertain the thought of an easy night on the park. "They upset us in the second round last year," he warned. "We've got to make sure that we do the little things right as it looks like it's going to be a damp night." Last week Sawtell turned out a rather flat performance despite it being probably their most important match of the year when they went down 24-12 to the ladder leading Port Macquarie. Wallace doesn't think that his side is in danger of going through the motions a second week in a row. In a shuffle of the forwards, prop Brad Wykes has been placed on the bench while Luke Ninness has been given the hooking role to allow Mick Battye to return to his usual role locking the scrum. Nathan Davies and Dale Churchland are still to return to the side before the semi's start, which will stamp out any complacency as competition for spots in the team warm up come September. Coffs Harbour coach Scott Mieni isn't promising any upsets like the one that occurred last year but he promises a team that will show pride in the jumper. "I think you'll see a very determined Coffs outfit there on Saturday," he said. "Training on Thursday went for a while because the guys just wanted to do more work. "I was talking to 'Wal' during the week and he paid our blokes a compliment when he said that he knows we're a team that doesn't lay down." Heaps of free tickets to tomorrow's races can be given away tonight but at the end of the day, all people want for their $6 is two teams who are willing to have a dig for 80 minutes.



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