Rugby force rising in Woolgoolga
WOOLGOOLGA Rugby Club head up to play Dorrigo Rangers today but whatever the outcome can look ahead to the semi-finals confident of being right in contention.
The Whitepointers added a 35-10 victory over Bowraville Goannas in Presidents Cup at the last appearance and club spokesman Chris Tsembis said that with three wins from five matches in the comeback season, the club is now a growing strength in the mid-north coast.
"We are establishing ourselves as a force in the competition," he said.
"Supporters are enthusiastic about our prospects, especially with the various talents in the team and the way we played against Bowraville.
"Experienced number eight Ian Stockton leads the team around the paddock and is showing the younger players the way forward.
"Hard-working locks Gregory Hubbard and Lourens Cloete are very quick to the breakdown and we can boast a very good backline.
"Any obvious rugby inexperience is always overcome by the enthusiasm of the players."
Dorrigo will visit for the next home game on July 18 and president Joel McPherson is pleased local league fans are turning up to support the rugby boys.
"Hopefully we can fill part of the void left by the Seahorses while they have a sabbatical," he said.
In first grade, both Coffs Coast teams are on the road today.
Snappers and Cannonballs are playing for second spot and SCU Marlins are chasing the first away win in two seasons.
Kempsey v Coffs Harbour
3pm: Ian Walton Memorial Field, Crescent Head
Port Macquarie v Southern Cross University
3pm: Stuart Park
Hastings Valley bye