New recruit Henry Dunn, counting down the hours to the match against his former club Macksville at Advocate Park tomorrow.
New recruit Henry Dunn, counting down the hours to the match against his former club Macksville at Advocate Park tomorrow.

Henry?s Comet set to collide with Macksville

By MITCHELL DALE

COFFS Harbour Comets recruit Henry Dunn's eyes light up and he flashes all his front teeth as a massive smile beams across his face.

Talk has turned to tomorrow's Group 2 clash at Advocate Park between the Comets and Dunn's old club, Macksville Sea Eagles, and he can't hide his excitement.

The 25-year-old can not wait to have a crack at his former teammates, many of whom he still keeps in close contact with.

But, at the same time, he is wary.

Dunn, a blockbusting second rower who was an integral member of the Sea Eagles' past three premiership sides, knows just how hard the Macksville juggernaut can be to stop.

"I'm looking forward to it big time," Dunn says.

"I still go down there and have a beer with (the Macksville boys) on Friday or Saturday, hopefully we're still all mates after the game.

"I've never played against Macksville before... it is going to be hard and I'll be expecting a bit from them.

"I don't really know how we'll go, but I do know that we won't be allowed to blink or they'll make us pay.

"I don't know, maybe if we had a team of Reg Donovan (Macksville's workhorse backrower) clones, then we might be able to beat them.

"Macksville are a team like Queensland (in State of Origin), you can never fall asleep against them."

Just ask Sawtell about that one.

The Panthers led 34-16 with 10 minutes to go in last weekend's round two clash against the three-time premiers.

But, Macksville being Macksville, produced a scintillating nine-minute burst that resulted in four tries from as many sets of six.

"It is hard to describe how Macksville play, they are the most magical side I have ever played for," Dunn said.

"If you throw a ball over your head, there is always someone there to catch it.

"You can't plan too much when you play against them, but hopefully I can help (Coffs' preparation) a bit for the weekend."

After tasting so much success with Macksville, Dunn admits it was tough to leave the Sea Eagles' nest.

"It was a very hard decision to make, but I am pleased I made it," he said.

"I still have family in Macksville and the club is like one big family.

"But it (the shift to Coffs Harbour) has been a very good move for me, I think it might be the best move I've ever made."

Dunn's friendship with one of the Comets' other major off-season recruits, Bert Gray, was major catalyst for his move.

"Bert and I are good mates and he is my first cousin," Dunn explains.

"He had a yarn to me to come up this way and I'm pleased I did."

Dunn also has high hopes for the new-look Comets in 2005.

"It's hard to say because it's only early in the season, but I reckon the top three," he says.

Henry Dunn may have plenty of mates and memories in Macksville, but he is ready to make some new ones at Advocate Park in 2005.



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