Weekend Manning sport preview: August 2,3

JUST two matches in Group Three Rugby League's split round will be decided on Saturday.

Taree City will host Old Bar at the Jack Neal Oval while Forster-Tuncurry travels to Wingham to take on the Tigers.

Should Old Bar and Wingham win and Port Macquarie is successful next Saturday the places in the semi-finals won't be determined until the final round on August 16, when Old Bar plays Port Macquarie at Old Bar.

Meanwhile there will be a reunion of players, committee members and followers of the former Group Three powerhouse Taree United on Saturday. The main function will be held at the Exchange Hotel's Waterfront Room on Saturday night.

Taree Wildcats are walking the final five tightrope in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League. The Wildcats are one point out of the five and play third placed Camden Haven on Saturday.

Old Bar are still an outside chance of making the cut but face the formidable Macleay Valley at Kempsey. Wingham look set to finish last and are away to second placed Port United.

Competition leaders Wallis Lake meet Port Saints at Port, while Port FC and Kempsey Saints meet, also at Port, in other games.

Annika Scott takes the ball down the sideline.

Annika Scott takes the ball down the sideline.

Basketball Australia's national introductory program for children aged five to 10, will continue at Taree's Saxby's Stadium on Saturday morning. Taree's junior and women's competitions get underway next Tuesday.

There'll be a general bye in Lower North Coast Rugby with matches to resume next Saturday.

Manning Cycle Club will conduct a graded scratch race on the Central Lansdowne Road on Saturday from 2pm. Juniors will race at Central Lansdowne. The club also has to determine a new date for the annual Rex Clinch One Day Tour after it was ruled out because of poor weather last weekend.

Taree Greyhound Club will run a 12 race meeting on Saturday from 12.35pm at the Kanangra Drive track.

Meanwhile overseas and Taree's squash star Kasey Brown will continue her bid to win gold in the Commonwealth Games women's and mixed doubles. Brown is partnering Rachael Grinham in the women's doubles and Cameron Pilley in the mixed. Pilley and Brown are the defending gold medallists and number one seeds.