Great weekend for Coffs footy fans
THEY may have been at a pub, but with not a beer in sight the Cronulla Sharks yesterday opted instead for jugs of water and juice, sending a clear message that they are taking tonight's NRL trial game very seriously.
Mingling with the locals, Brett Kimmorley and his fellow Sharks enjoyed some pubgrub at the Coffs Hotel yesterday, ahead of their second official trial match tonight when they tackle the Newcastle Knights.
Footy fever has again hit the Coffs Coast, with Knights and Sharks supporters especially thrilled to have the NRL back in town.
The best bet for fans on the signature hunt will be today from 10am to 11am, when the Sharks will be signing autographs in the Palms Shopping centre, with the Knights players setting themselves up under the sails in the City Centre.
The afternoon of football will start at the International Stadium at 3pm with four local teams fighting it out before the main match, which kicks off at 7.30pm.
For those people still wanting tickets, a seat in the grandstand will cost $42, outer tickets for a family (two adults, two children) $52, adults $22, concessions $17, children (six-14 years) $12, with children under five free.
With large numbers expected, the Coffs Harbour City Council and organisers are asking people to be patient when trying to leave the sta- dium after the final whistle.
For more stories on to- night's match see Sport.