Clash vital for both teams
FOOTYSPEAK is not just the domain of coaches.
For every coach spruiking the infamous 'taking it one game at a time' there's the sports writer who tumbles into the trap of describing every game, however insignificant, as 'vital'. So, it's rare for two opposing coaches to encourage a scribe to use that "V" word as Coffs Harbour's Aaron Dyett and Woolgoolga's Michael Close have done.
"Bloody oath, it's vital for us and Aaron will tell you the same," Close said.
"We've got to play tough and take some attitude into the game."
Dyett has many things in common with tomorrow's chief rival after reading the riot act to his troops after another sub-standard effort last start against the Roosters.
"You're not a finished product at Thursday training and you've still got to deliver on Sunday," he said.
"Some have got into a comfort zone and it's got to be rectified.
"This isn't a game played by girl guides."
Both bosses are quick to point out there's plenty of mateship among their charges.
"Everybody went out to dinner during the week and the friendship is there," Dyett said.
"Our game mechanics are what's letting us down and we have to fix fundamentals."
Close believes his Seahorses need to get back their traditional aggression.
"When we play in the forwards we must control the ball, complete our sets and hit their line with everything," he said.
"Football isn't for sissies and you've got to get in there and get stuck in."
With Close and Dyett mentioning girl guides and sissies to motivate their troops, does this indicate fireworks at Advocate Park tomorrow?
Neither would be drawn on the subject but the home coach did make one apt final comment.
"It's pretty vital we get a win," Dyett said.