Coffs Tigers captain Kyle Paterson hopes his team can prove itself a contender.
Coffs Tigers captain Kyle Paterson hopes his team can prove itself a contender. Trevor Veale

Coffs Tigers are underestimated

EVEN though it hasn’t lost since the first match of the season, Coffs Tigers has somehow managed to fly under the radar this summer.

The cloak of invisibility the Tigers have enjoyed wearing this year may disappear though if it can defeat Park Beach Bowling Club (PBBC) Colts in this weekend’s top-of-the-table clash.

Not that that bothers Tigers captain Kyle Paterson.

In fact he’d prefer the Tigers notch an important win to get to the top of the table so other clubs start noticing his outfit.

“I don’t think teams fear us,” Paterson said.

“They’re sitting back waiting for us to slip up, I feel, but I don’t think that’s going to happen this year.”

With a line-up that has changed very little in the past 12 months, Paterson believes the improved form of the Tigers is something that has simply come from within.

“Not having your strike bowler as the team’s third leading run-scorer is a help,” he said.

“Other guys are scoring runs for us this year and we’re travelling more as a unit and building partnerships which has been important.”

The Tigers meet PBBC Colts at Coffs Coast Sport and Leisure Park this afternoon but Paterson suspects this opponent won’t underestimate it like other clubs have been guilty of this summer.

When these two met earlier in the year the Tigers prevailed in what was considered an upset result.

“Obviously, they will want to get some revenge; the Colts will be hurting from that,” the Tigers skipper said.

“They’re the reigning premiers and sitting on top of the table so you can’t write them off.

“Daryl Parmenter is back in the runs as well lately so that could be a big factor.”

With hot weather predicted for the afternoon, the toss may be vital in all three first grade matches being played this weekend.

There’s little doubt the winner of the toss will invite the opposition to spend an afternoon out in the field.

If Diggers Ex-Services take to the field today it will be hoping for a better display than the one it produced last week.

Diggers have a good chance of finding some form against the cellar-dwelling Bellingen.

Sawtell are once again a premiership threat and also has its eye on winning the minor premiership.

A comfortable win over Dorrigo on the plateau this round could see it sneaking its way to the top of the Coffs Harbour cricket tree.

CHDCA TABLE

PBBC Colts

35

Coffs Tigers

31

Sawtell

31

Diggers Ex-Services

19

Dorrigo

16

Bellingen

13

TODAY’S MATCHES

PBBC Colts v Coffs Tigers at CCSLP No1

Bellingen v Diggers Ex-Services at CCSLP No2

Dorrigo v Sawtell at Rowe Oval



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