By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
CAN the man responsible for setting up Cronulla's pre-season trial games please step forward because Sharks coach Stuart Raper would like to give you a big pat on the back.
"We were down at Mollymook last week and I do prefer the coastal towns I must say, I'm not too fussed on going inland," he joked.
"What can I say, I'm a Cronulla boy and we like the coast."
Arriving in Coffs Harbour yesterday and lunching with the team at the Coffs Hotel, Raper was in good spirits prior to tonight's trial with Newcastle and he was hoping that the local football community was feeling the same way.
"I've never played a trial up at Coffs and obviously they haven't had footy for a couple of years and I'm sure the town will embrace what we're going to do on the night," the Sharks coach said.
"I hope we get a good crowd."
According to the coach, there's no reason why there shouldn't be a large throng in attendance at the International Stadium tonight if the brand of football his team produced last week was any guide.
"Obviously we always want to have a victory in everything we do and that's a very important thing but I think we showed last week that we played a bit of a different style and hopefully an entertaining type of footy," Raper said.
"We scored a lot of tries last week against the Bulldogs and this week we've certainly got a lot of our big names on show, guys like Kimmorley, Thompson, Bailey and Albert and a few of the new guys. I was fairly happy last week with our performance and hopefully we can build on that.
"We're coming up this week against more of a full-strength side, last week the Bulldogs had a few out but I know that Newcastle are playing all their big guns which is great, it should be a very good hit-out."
1.30pm: Gates open
3pm: Sawtell v Orara Valley
5.00pm: Coffs Harbour v Woolgoolga
7.30pm: Main game New-
castle Knights v Cronulla Sharks
Tickets available at the gate
Grandstand: $40 per seat (no concessions).
Limited grandstand seats available.
Family (two adults, two children) $50
Children: (6-14 years) $12
Under five free.