A battle to the very end
BATTEN down the hatches it's going to be on for young and old again.
Coffs Harbour and Grafton have some tremendous tussles in the recent past but with a berth in next week's grand final up for grabs, tomorrow's clash could quite possibly be the best of them.
But if the Comets are going to qualify for the season climax to be played at South Grafton, coach Kerrod Selmes thinks it will be because his team finally switched on from the moment the referee blows the opening whistle.
"Every time I've watched Grafton play this year I think they've scored on the first or second set,” Selmes said.
"You've got to get into an arm wrestle with them straight away and not let them get that fast start.”
Giving up the early advantage has meant the Comets have been forced to come from behind in their two wins over the Ghosts this season as well as several other contests.
In the opening match of the season Coffs Harbour went into the sheds trailing Grafton 22-0 at the break before scoring four unanswered tries in the second half to steal victory.
Only two weeks ago the Ghosts led by eight points with only 10 minutes remaining before Coffs Harbour dug deep to score two late tries to win.
Those two wins have given Selmes confidence his team will win again tomorrow.
"We've proved we can play some good footy and beat them, we've just got to stop them from getting a good start on us because they're a quality side,” he said.
Confidence in his players is nothing new for Selmes. All year he's hammered home the same message.
"If we stick to our structures and play our football we can beat anyone,” the coach said.
Now to do it again in the heat of fierce battle.
Preliminary Finals to be played at Geoff King Motors Oval on Sunday.
2.30pm - First grade: Coffs Harbour v Grafton (Referee: Nathan Grace)
12.45pm - Reserve grade: South Grafton v Coffs Harbour (Referee: Lloyd Lynwood)
11.30am - Under-18s: Grafton v Nambucca Heads (Referee: Faron Nelson)