By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
SIMPLY having a new leader at the helm shouldn't be the reason that a team can turn around their fortunes and attitude in the space of seven days but many are already praising the appointment of Darren Leaney as Woolgoolga's caretaker coach after the Seahorses' upset 24-14 win over Coffs Harbour yesterday.
Displaying a passion and a commitment to the cause and their mates that has been lacking this year, the Seahorses dominated the ruck area and made dents in the Coffs defence up the middle to give Leaney the perfect start to his coaching stint at the club.
It's fair to say that in his time Leaney has been at more clubs than Kamahl, but the new coach said there was no big secret behind yesterday's victory.
"I just told the boys not to focus on looking backwards, it's not going to achieve anything, just try and look forward and try to enjoy the rest of the year," he said.
"It's not so much the pride thing, it's more about not concentrating on what anyone else can do but what you can do yourself."
Woolgoolga were on the positive end of a lopsided 12-4 penalty count that gave the home team valuable extra yards and had Comets fans fuming.
As much as Coffs Harbour lamented some of the refereeing decisions that went against them, some soul searching needs to be done at Advocate Park before they face the top four teams over the next four weeks.
Once again the Comets started both halves slowly before getting stuck into their work.
At the moment, Coffs are like a 1965 S40 Toyota Crown. Solid, reliable and can get the job done but they just take too long to warm up.
Woolgoolga have a tough couple of weeks ahead but if they display the same amount of passion that they did yesterday and a more diligent approach to training, more upsets could be on the cards.