Robbie Zeegers (centre), who was one of the Saints? stars with five goals, gets his kick away despite the attention of North Co
Robbie Zeegers (centre), who was one of the Saints? stars with five goals, gets his kick away despite the attention of North Co

Roos lose appetite



IT APPEARS success has finally caught up with North Coffs and the hunger to succeed has disappeared after winning four consecutive premierships.

That's the obvious assumption to make from the Kangaroos thumping they received on Saturday from Sawtell as they were beaten by a team that was more desperate, willing to run, tackle, man up when necessary, talk, support and easily more skillful.

The first half effort from Sawtell was a supreme one and the 10 goals to nil scoreline at half time was indeed a true indication of how much better the Saints were on the day.

Their coach Russ Matthews couldn't wipe the smile from his face after the game such was his pride in the performance of the team.

"After a bad game last week we came out to play football and our midfielders took control," he said.

"My instructions before the game were to play football all day and back up your team-mates. It was hard to pick one good player as it was an all-round performance."

The massive 70-point victory has now ensured that Sawtell and Port Macquarie have gained the valuble double chance when the finals come around in a month's time.

From the word go, the Saints had far too much firepower for Norths in the midfield and up front and the game was virtually over as a contest at quarter-time.

Robbie Zeegers and Luke Matthews proved a deadly combination from the goal square, kicking five goals each.

They had plenty of supply though through a dominant centre line.

Jai Hardy was everywhere for the Saints and continued to pick up possession after possession all afternoon.

Lazy running from North Coffs meant that Hardy was too often on his own, taking advantage of being left alone after finding space with his hard running.

North Coffs have the bye this weekend and need the week off to have a long hard look at themselves and decide whether they're fair dinkum in 2005 or if prolonged success has finally made the group satisfied and no longer willing to make the small sacrifices required to build success.

If they want a hint on the sacrifices required, they need to look no further than Sawtell's performance at the weekend.

SAWTELL 6.0 10.4 13.5 18.6 (114)

NORTH COFFS 0.2 0.6 4.7 6.8 (44)

Goals: Saw - R.Zeegers (5), L.Matthews (5), H.Schmidt (2), B.Guthrie (2). N.Coffs - G.Jarman (2), D.Robinson, J.Mayer, B.Greenshields, J.Bencich.

Best: Saw - J.Hardy, L.Matthews, D.Carey, R.Zeegers, R.Dagger. N.Coffs - B.Giri, D.Robinson, J.Bencich.

Reserves: Sawtell 12.7 (79) d North Coffs 3.2 (20).

Under-18s: Sawtell won on forfeit.



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