Weekend sport preview

MANNING Ratz will be at full strength for Saturday's clash against Lower North Coast Rugby Union minor premiers Forster-Tuncurry in Saturday's major semi-final at the Peter Barclay Fields at Tuncurry.

Manning Ratz halfback Mikah Gibson on the run in the last round Lower North Coast rugby union clash against Gloucester. The Ratz meet Forster-Tuncurry in the major semi-final at Tuncurry on Saturday.

Manning Ratz halfback Mikah Gibson on the run in the last round Lower North Coast rugby union clash against Gloucester. The Ratz meet Forster-Tuncurry in the major semi-final at Tuncurry on Saturday.

Ratz coach Danial Stone was due to settle on his squad on Saturday morning. Forster coach Ron McCarthy also has no injury problems going into the game. Winner of the game will host the grand final on Saturday September 20.

Action will start at Tuncurry with the minor semi between Wallamba and Gloucester at 1pm with the first grade at 3pm.

Across the road at the Harry Elliott Oval at Tuncurry, Football Mid North Coast minor and major semi-finals are programmed for Saturday.

Minor premiers Wallis Lake tackle defending champions Macleay Valley at 4.45pm. Wallis Lake and Port United meet in the reserve grade major semi at 12.45 with the reserve grade minor semi between Macleay Valley and Port FC underway from 2.45.

At Dixie Park, Port Macquarie the first grade minor semi between Port United and Camden Haven will get underway at 5pm.

There'll be plenty of football played in the area on Saturday. The Zone Fields at Taree will host the southern league grand final, with Wingham and Green Point to meet in the women's match at 12.45 while unbeaten Tuncurry-Forster Tigers and perennial premiers Pacific Palms to clash in the men's game at 3pm.

Tuncurry-Tigers will take on Wingham on Football Mid North Coast Premier League grand final day at Port Macquarie's Regional Stadium on Saturday, September 20 for a place in the 2015 premier league.

Group Three Rugby League's finals will be played at Kempsey's Verge Street Oval on Sunday.

Macleay Valley and Old Bar Pirates meet in first grade. Macleay will go into the game as favourites. Winner will meet Wauchope in the grand final on Sunday September 14 at Wingham.

League tag will start the day at 10.55 when Old Bar takes on defending premiers Forster-Tuncurry. The under 18s between Wingham and Wauchope following with Macleay Valley to tackle Port City in the reserve grade.

Manning Hockey's finals will be decided on Saturday afternoon at Taree Recreation Centre. In women's division one Wingham meets Sharks with the winner to play Tigers in the grand final on Saturday September 13 while Sharks and Tigers do battle in division one men. Chatham will be the winner's grand final opponent.

Meanwhile Manning Hockey has announced that Hockeyroo captain Madonna Blyth will be the special guest on grand final day.

The third round of the Club Taree Golf Club championships will be played on Saturday. Title holder Ben Marron and Ben Eadie lead A-grade on 146. The final round will be played next Saturday.

Summer sports are starting preparations for the new season and Manning River Rowing Club's annual learn to row program will start on Saturday morning. This will run to mid-October and is open to anyone from high school age and older.

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