Sea Eagles are too hot for Nambucca
THE Macksville juggernaut rolled on to a 50-10 victory over Nambucca Heads at Allan Gillett Oval yesterday despite captain-coach Max McGovern being sent off on the stroke of half time.
In only his first full game since being sidelined for most of the season through injury, McGovern was dismissed for striking and secretary Bill Richardson said the nuggetty utility forward intends to plead guilty to the charge.
"Max hasn't been sent off since arriving here with Bellingen in 1999 and he'll throw himself on the mercy of the court," he said.
"It was a category one charge and we trust he'll receive the dispensation so he won't miss any time."
Being reduced to 12 men didn't cramp the style of the Sea Eagles with Richardson reporting the 'entertainers' of Group 2 scoring 'breathtaking tries' following the resumption.
"Cameron Blair is getting back to his best at the right time of the year and used strength to score two beauties," he said.
"Wes Kelly got one himself after making a try for Grant Collison so good you'd be flat out to see better.
"Wes pushed off four defenders in a weaving, 50 metre burst before handing on to Grant who had to run another 30 metres and beat a couple more."
Nambucca raised a short-lived effort in the second stanza but were eventually swamped by the onslaught.
"It's a shame the bye is coming up because we're getting momentum up," Richardson said.
"Sides coming back after a week off don't have a good record this year and we'd prefer to be playing."
THOSE sentiments are echoed by Port Macquarie coach Tony Pascoe who survived the 'bye blues' yesterday and watched his charges land a 54-6 drubbing on the heads of poor 2Woolgoolga.
"Our finals campaign is already underway," he said matter-of-factly.
"We went through a bad patch after the break in the first round but the structure of the sides has changed since then.
"Woolgoolga gave us a basis and we can build up in difficulty week by week."
The Sharks had little trouble disposing of the Seahorses who've had a tormented week after the sudden resignation of captain-coach Michael Close.
"We were fairly ordinary at times with some things scrappy, some things I liked," Pascoe said.
"The fill-in players are coming up to scratch and while we'll get Joey Cudmore and 'Buzz' Ison back in the next couple of weeks.
"I'll continue to run the blokes who suit the situation and see how we go from there."
Meanwhile, Macleay Valley boss Mark Morrison has "no hard feelings' after the shock forfeits received from Bellingen.
"We needed to play and I wish some arrangement could have been made but I know how hard it is when you're battling and we'll just go harder next week," he said.