Hay backs select squad

THE final report card from the New South Wales State Cup may not look flash but organiser Roger Hay maintains his Coffs Coast select squad still has a future in elite touch football.

The womens 30-35's finished winless in their division after losing all eight matches while the senior mixed team collected one win from three outings, leaving them stranded in eighth position and unqualified for the play-offs.

"Splitting the women between two squads weakened our chances," Hay said.

"And the women found their opponents more experienced at touch.

"Most of the other clubs have a 'win at all costs' attitude and it's hard to compete against that but the girls did their very best, so I'm happy."

But Hay is more disappointed with the outcome for the senior mixed team.

"At one stage we were second in our pool and were a real chance of progressing," he said.

Disaster struck in controversial circumstances when Murray Archibald was dismissed by the referee.

"We were in front when Murray was marched," Hay said.

"With him gone the other mob scored twice meaning we lost by one try.

"I can't help thinking what might have eventuated if that incident hadn't occurred."

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