Coffs keep eye on weather
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
NO-ONE who walks in the higher circles of the Coffs Harbour Cricket Association can work out how a team that made it to final eight teams in the state last year can be ranked this summer as only the number five team on the North Coast.
Association president Ken Robinson is astounded that tomorrow's opponent in the second round of the SCG Country Cup, Macleay Valley, is seeded higher than the local association this season.
"There doesn't appear to be any reward or recognition for previous performances in the competition," he said.
"This means that if rain intervenes on Sunday and forces a 'No Result' then Macleay Valley, who have not progressed past round two in previous seasons will gain automatic entry to the next round and Coffs Harbour will be out of the competition."
Captain Daryl Parmenter was keeping an eye on the weather yesterday but he said that if play goes ahead tomorrow, he's confident of victory.
"A lot of the guys that have been picked are in form," he said.
"Players like Sean Cash, Craig Haworth and Gus Garland have already been making runs this year."
Parmenter will be hoping that he only needs to concentrate on his team because he admits that he knows more about sending a man to the moon than he does about the Macleay Valley line-up.
"It's near Kempsey, that's about all I know about Macleay," he joked. "I wouldn't even know anyone who plays for them. In last year's North Coast team, no-one from there was in the team. It's all on the day though isn't it?"
n Coffs Harbour representative team v Macleay Valley: Daryl Parmenter (c), Craig Haworth, Ben Davis, Matt Secomb, Matt Francis, Sean Cash, Simon Wall, Robbie Wear, Glen Johnson, Shaun Weick, Nathan Secomb, Angus Garland.