Dave Wood will lead his side in their campaign to win the Group 2 under-18 grand final after securing the minor premiership.
Dave Wood will lead his side in their campaign to win the Group 2 under-18 grand final after securing the minor premiership.

Chasing title glory



THE Comet's season might be over in the first and reserve grades, but there is one team at the club that is still hunting for premiership glory.

Last Sunday, the under 18s team wrapped up the minor premiership by defeating Sawtell in a top-of-the-table clash 22-4.

For Dave Wood, Coffs Harbour's captain, finishing on top was a fantastic effort from the team and coach Troy Rawson.

"When we won on Sunday the boys were stoked," Wood said.

"They (Sawtell) beat us in the first round at home, so to get over them to finish on top was pretty good."

Wood hopes though that Sunday's victory doesn't turn out to be the culmination of their season.

"We need to keep our feet on the ground and make sure we stick to exactly what we've been doing through the year," he said.

"We'll do something together on Sunday to make sure we don't lose any fitness."

Last year, Rawson's first as coach of the team, the under 18s made the semi's while the under 16 team won the grand final.

According to Wood, the marriage between the two teams this year is the secret behind the team's success.

"The 16s had heaps of forwards," the John Paul College student explained.

"We had some great backs in the 18s and the big boys from the 16s has helped us out heaps this year."

Unlike the other minor premiers in Group 2, this Comet's team won't be able to strut their stuff during the semi-finals on their home ground.

The first grade side's inability to reach the semi's this year means that the Comets boys will be parading around at other grounds throughout the series.

It's all water off a duck's back for Wood though.

"We sort of knew that the first grade side wouldn't finish in the top two or three a while ago so it's no big deal," the centre said.

"With Orara and Sawtell being up there though in first grade, it's a big help as we won't have to travel.

While the Comets under 18s will be taking it fairly easy on Sunday, the Sawtell and Nambucca Heads teams will go at it with the full throttle to see who meets the Comets in next week's major semi.

"I reckon Sawtell will probably get up," Wood offered.

"I hope they do as we're friends with half of them off the field and we want to play them again.

"I just think their forwards will get over the top of them."



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