Manning sport preview: August 9,10

A WIN for Forster-Tuncurry in Saturday's top-of-the-table Lower North Coast Rugby Union clash against Manning Ratz at Taree Rugby Park will determine this season's minor premier.

The Ratz' Adam Rees prepares to offload.

The Ratz' Adam Rees prepares to offload.

The Dolphins lead the Ratz by four points with four matches remaining.

Forster has form on the board, having won the last 10 games, which includes a 71-17 mauling of the Ratz the last time the sides met.

In other games Old Bar head south to play Myall Coast while Wallamba meets Gloucester.

The Group Three Rugby League minor premier should also be known by late Saturday afternoon when Wauchope hosts Macleay Valley.

Wauchope has a two point advantage over the Mustangs at the top of the ladder.

This is the second week of the split round and in other fixtures Taree City will tackle Forster-Tuncurry at the Jack Neal Oval on Saturday while Port City and Port Macquarie meet, also on Saturday.

The opening week of the Group Three Junior Rugby League semi-finals starts on Saturday at the Harry Elliott Oval at Tuncurry.

Taree's chances of playing in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League finals could be determined on Saturday when the Wildcats clash with competition leaders Wallis Lake at Forster.

A loss for the Wildcats and wins for Kempsey Saints and Macleay Valley will end any hope the Wildcats have of playing finals football.

Wallis Lake are also desperate for a win after having a draw and a loss in their last two games.

Lakes now lead second placed Port United by two points.

Camden Haven and Port United clash at Laurieton in the match of the round, while last placed Wingham will be at home to Macleay Valley.

Kempsey Saints take on Port Saints while Old Bar will be at home to Port FC in other games.

Aussie Hoops, a basketball program to introduce five to 10-year-olds in the game continues at Taree's Saxby's Stadium on Saturday from 9am.

Two pennant teams from Wingham and one from Tuncurry will play in the State bowls pennant playoffs this weekend.

Wingham's No 2 grade will be at Port Macquarie with the No 5s at Tamworth.

Tuncurry's No 1s head to Belrose.

Taree-Wingham Race Club's cup prelude meeting will be run at the Bushland Drive track next Tuesday.

The winner of the prelude will be exempt from balloting from the Taree Cup.

The cup carnival will be run on August 22 and 24 (cup), while Peter Moody, the trainer of Black Caviar, will be guest speaker at a cup launch dinner to be held at the Winning Post Function Centre on Thursday night, August 21.