Comets upset Woolgoolga
By GREG WHITE
COFFS Harbour may have pulled off an unexpected 24-22 upset of Woolgoolga in Saturday's Group 2 trial at the International Stadium but the losing coach looked as pleased as the winner at the end of the action.
"We didn't control the football at critical stages, but I thought it was a credible effort," Woolgoolga boss John Cross said.
As for Comets coach Scott Mieni, the win proved what he's always said was his philosophy about football.
"Get together the blokes who are proud to wear the colours, guide them in the right direction and they'll always do the job for you," he said.
"If they're not happy, let them go."
Woolgoolga sped out of the blocks to lead 16-0 by the end of the first quarter.
But inexplicably, they eased the foot off the accelerator, allowing the Comets to cut loose.
For the next 40 minutes, the Coffs youngsters (and two over 40 dads) turned on the charm.
"Yeah, they were good," Mieni replied when questioned about the razzle dazzle stemming from the Williams brothers.
"But Wellington and Brunton and most of the other young blokes weren't far behind."
The Sea Horses had their groove back by the end of the final quarter but the other horse, the colloquial one, had bolted.
New purchase Xavier Sullivan was a quiet yet highly visible debutante with small touches in his game hinting the tags on him are right on the money.
Once the big man reaches match fitness, he'll be a spectacular success.
COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 24 (Keedan Williams, Nowan Williams 2, Anthony Donovan tries; Keedan Williams, Donovan goals) def WOOLGOOLGA SEA HORSES 22 (John Cross, Grant Vines, Arthur Murray, Lee Harvey tries; Murray, Matt Grayson goals)
Scrums: Coffs Harbour 14-134
Penalties: Woolgoolga 7-6
Errors: Woolgoolga 11, Coffs Harbour 9