Group 2 continue winning streak
GROUP 2 extended their winning streak to a fourteenth consecutive year with a 34-26 win over Group 3 at the Wingham Sporting Complex on Saturday.
But it was a near run thing.
The southerners held the lead till well into the second half and even when Group 2 managed to level 22-all, kicked back with an unconverted try to regain the running.
"I suppose it came down to preparation," Group 2 coach Paul Davis explained.
"They have been preparing for this for a couple of months.
"All we had was a couple of training runs over the last two weeks."
Davis never, ever shows he's under pressure but on this occasion, the big man admitted he'd been concerned when the match reached it's critical stage.
"For a little while there I was questioning myself for taking on the job," he chuckled.
"How would it look being the bloke who got beaten for the first time in a dozen years or more?"
But like the cavalry arriving in time, up stepped perrenial matchwinners, Willy Lockwood and Bert Gray.
"I looked out to the centre and Bert and Willy were calling to me," Davis said.
"Davo, Davo, it's under control, they said to me.
"So I sat down and next thing I knew we'd scored twice and had won the game."
Oh, if life for everyone could be so simple.
With Davis now elevated to boss of North Coast Division there'll be a hard line taken for next Saturday's trial with Northern Division in Port Macquarie.
"We've picked 19 players with two to be culled for the Championship match against Newcastle," he said.
"There better not be any slackening off this weekend."
First Grade: Group 2 34 def Group 3 26.
Under 18: Group 2 46 def Group 3 8.