Seahorses smash Coffs Comets
By GREG WHITE
IMAGINE the Coffs Harbour Comets sitting on a box of jumping jacks and Woolgoolga's mercurial Arthur Murray on the loose with a box of matches that never runs out.
The Seahorses had patrons seeking a peak at the record books following their explosive 72-14 annihilation of a side never known to cop a belting.
At least that is, until yesterday.
"I've played a lot of football," Woolgoolga capatain coach John Cross gleefully admitted.
"But that's the only time I've played in a half that's been absolute perfection."
The period he was referring to was the first half.
With Murray in the driver's seat, Woopi led 54-0 by the break but the game was as good as over after 20 minutes of play.
"We learned today how to play good, consistent footy," Cross said.
"Forget the scoreline, we kicked early and often in the tackle count and kept putting the pressure on Coffs."
Murray the maestro did plenty of that kicking.
Not only in general play but after 12 scintillating tries that resulted in 12 succesful conversions to the little 'king' of the Northern Beaches.
"Arthur was just on fire today and we found it difficult to come up with answers," the Comets stand in captain Brenden Pellagrino confirmed.
"What was it after 20 minutes, 30 nil or something?
"It's difficult to keep your chin up when that sort of thing happens."
With Murray on fire, even the odd miscalculation managed to come up trumps.
One kick rebounded off a Comets player back over his head.
After retreating 15 metres to regather, Murray danced through the defensive line, handled a further two times in the passing rush before tossing a third and final pass towards a try in the corner.
Coffs showed more spark late in the game but by then, the bird had well and truly flown south for the winter.
"Our boys have a great attitude," Cross remarked.
"Great attitude to football and a great attitude to life.
"It's coming out in their play and is the reason we had such a fine afternoon out there today."
WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 72 (Ross Hunter, Drew Vines, Grant Vines, Blake Seymour 2, Brad Choice, Arthur Murray, Matt Grayson, Jamie Rook tries; Murray 12 goals) def COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 14 (Paul Wallace 3 tries; Blake Greenup goal)
Scrums: Coffs Harbour 14-4
Penalties: Woolgoolga 6-5
Errors: Coffs Harbour 21, Woolgoolga 5
Best Players: Arthur Murray, Grant Vines, Matt Grayson (Woolgoolga) - Joel Thompson, Paul Wallace, Gavin Galvin (Coffs Harbour)