Morrison planning to follow KISS system

By MITCHELL DALE

NAMBUCCA Heads coach Mark Morrison will be sticking to the KISS theory when he takes over the reigns of Group 2 for next year's representative calendar.

No, he won't be dressing up in black leather, painting black stars on his face or belting out 1970s rock anthems.

Morrison will be using the Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) formula.

But the Roosters' mentor will face a race against the clock to get the side ready for the annual Group 2 v Group 3 North Coast trial match.

As a result, any elaborate game plan will be tossed into the wheelie bin.

"There will be a North v South trial and then a week later is the match against Group 3," Morrison said.

"It doesn't leave a whole lot of time to get Group 2 ready for the game.

"The hardest thing will be bringing them all together to want to win, but there are lots of scenarios to help do that.

"There are plenty of ways to bond the side together in a short time . . . Queensland do it every year.

"I have no problem with the strength of the side, I believe this Group is the strongest in NSW, although Riverina and Wollongong have more money."

Morrison has sought advice from some of rugby league's biggest names in a bid to make sure Group 2 is firing on all cylinders.

"I've already had a bit of a talk with Rod Reddy and John Monie about how to prepare a team quickly," he said.

"They both said to concentrate on the KISS formula, work on basic skills and get them all functioning together rather than any super game plans."

Morrison worked wonders with a Nambucca side expected to struggle in 2004, taking the Roosters to within sight of a semi-final birth, before the now infamous registration problems saw the Roosters docked six competition points, a week before play-offs started.

Many say Morrison has the sharpest league brain in the region and is the perfect man to prepare a Group side.

"It's an honour to get the job, I was pretty impressed when Peter O'Grady (Group secretary) told me," he said.

"I have spoken to the Group for a number of years about things they can do to better prepare the side, but this was the first time I applied."

A decorated junior representative coach, Morrison was not afraid to give young players a chance at Nambucca in 2004.

He hinted he would like to follow the same path with Group 2.

"I think it is time to look to the future," he said.

"I want a side that is going to be there for a couple of years to come."

Morrison points to the success of Group 2 Under-18s sides over the past five years as proof there are plenty of talented players in the 20-23 age bracket.

"If you mix in a couple of 27-30-year-olds to steer them around the paddock, I think it will be the right mix," he said.

"But that doesn't mean I will look at age only.

"Plus there are seven other selectors, so to get eight people in one organisation come to a mutual agreement for Group 2 is not going to be easy."

Morrison warned prospective Group representatives that he will expect them to lift a cog or two.

"I hate it when blokes come up and play at the next level and don't get something out of it," he said.

"They can't jump up a level and play the same way they have played and expect to go the same.

"They have got to lift.

"But, given the chance, a lot of blokes stand up big time."



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