Plenty of top rugby
By DES HOY
ALTHOUGH the commencemenent of the Mid North Coast competition is still a month away there is no shortage of rugby being played in the region.
Clubs are playing trials but more importantly rugby enthusiasts are watching the progress of our senior and Under 20's side in the Northern Provincial Championship.
They played Far North Coast in the first round of the Northern Provincial Championships last week at Stuart Park Port Macquarie.
The senior side had a comfortable 27-10 victory over Far North Coast.
It was a must win for Mid North Coast so that they can stay in contention for the final of the Northern Provincial Championships which is to be played as a curtain raiser to the Super 12 game between the Waratahs and the Bulls at Aussie Stadium on Easter Saturday, March 26.
The 12 Coffs Harbour participants performed creditably and Andrew Cox the Country coach was impressed by the performances of backs Kevin Simpson and Matt Ellis (both who have played for country) and forwards Matt Hoy and Mark Merchant.
Hoy had a strong game while opposing Dave Hales who is now playing in the Far North Coast competition representing the Grafton club.
This week the coastal boys travel west to Narrabri where they will play Central North in an attempt to win and progress to Aussie Stadium.
The Under 20's were defeated 27-13 by Far North Coast.
This was quite an achievement as they were at least two years younger than their opposition.
Far North Coast by winning earned the right to play New England at the stadium.
The Mid North Coast boys will be better suited to the Under 19 Championship, which will be held in Richmond on the Anzac weekend.
However, this weekend they travel west and they should be able to defeat the Central North team.
We have plenty of rugby coming up in the next few weeks with teams coming here to play from all directions.
A South African schoolboy side will arrive in Coffs on April 6.
They will be billeted by our local students and will play two Coffs Harbour teams on Thursday night, April 7 at Coffs Rugby Park.
In the first week of the School holidays we will be invaded by The Kings School from Sydney and from Palmerston North Boys High from New Zealand.
They will be honing their skills at Camp Wallaby and then treat the local rugby community to a quality game at Rugby Park on April 12.
The Coffs Harbour Under 19's will play a game against The Kings second XV as a curtain raiser to the main game.