Macksville?s Gary Jarrett launches another attacking raid. FILE PHOTO
Macksville?s Gary Jarrett launches another attacking raid. FILE PHOTO

Jarrett hints at retiring if Macksville take title

By MITCHELLDALE

MACKSVILLE five-eighth Gary Jarrett won't expect too many Christmas cards from other VB Group 2 clubs this year. Not that it bothers him though. The nuggety pivot has a competitive streak longer than the Nambucca river and he never takes a backward step on the field. If that means he raises the ire of his opponents, then so be it. "It doesn't bother me at all," he says defiantly. "That's what the game is all about. "You have got to be competitive to play football, otherwise you might as well stay home and play marbles. "You train Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights, but what's the use if you are not competitive during the game." He might be a competitive little bugger, but Jarrett always plays by the Aussie motto of what happens on the field stays on the field. "I might be aggressive on the field, but off it I will always say g'day," he said. "I do whatever it takes to win, but I will always sit down and have a beer with opponents and have a yarn." Eye, ankle and back injuries have anchored Jarrett in 2004 and he missed last weekend's preliminary final against Sawtell with a hamstring problem sustained at Port Macquarie in the major semi-final. This week the classy pivot hinted 2004 may be the last of a career which took him to the ARL (former name of the NRL) with the South Queensland Crushers. His boots will almost certainly be hung up if the Sea Eagles can snaffle a first grade hat-trick on Sunday. "I think I am getting too old, I might have to give it away," he said. "To win three in a row would be a great achievement and if we can do that I think it will be it for me." The fact that Macksville beat Sawtell with Jarrett, Mitch Walker and Cameron Blair on the sidelines suggests there is a strong chance the 28-year-old will play his last game tomorrow... provided he is fit. "I am confident I will be back, I have had acupuncture every day this week and the hamstring is progressing well," he said. Jarrett, with his wealth of big-game experience, will be a welcome addition the Sea Eagles starting thirteen, but he warned his team mates they can not afford a trademark lapse of concentration. "If we want to win we need to play for the full 80 minutes instead of playing for 60 than relaxing," he said. "Since I first came to Macksville in 2001, I can't remember a game that we played for the full 80 minutes."



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