Stadium to host Group 2 clash
IT'S been talked about for a long time and now it's set to become a reality.
Group 2 matches played at the International Stadium.
Tomorrow Coffs Harbour will be hosting Bellingen at the Stadium and manager of the Coffs Harbour Sports Unit Ben Payne, hopes that Group 2's initial toe in the water will become a full on plunge in the near future.
"We'd love the chance to be able to host regular local league at the Stadium," he said.
"I think it would be great in the future to have Saturday night league at the International Stadium as a regular fixture."
The Sports Unit is thankful for the enthusiasm the Comets' have put behind the idea but Payne believes that the club gets to benefit as well.
"Rugby league has volunteers working hard week in and week out," Payne added.
"They would normally start at about 9:30am and it's a big full day for them.
"Now a lot of the people who work all day for the club actually get the chance to enjoy the day."
Comets president Ian Trengove believes that the Sports Unit have provided a fantastic opportunity for the club and that he would love to see the Group hold more matches at the Stadium.
"Our ultimate goal is that we'd love to bring our bigger games here like the Sawtells and the Oraras, and to a lesser extent games against Woolgoolga," Trengove said.
"If we played those games here on a Saturday night, I believe that we'd pack this joint out.
"The facilities here are better for both the players and the spectators."
While appreciative of the fact that the Comet's fans get to sit in comfort, coach Scott Mieni was cautious like a good coach should be.
Tomorrow's match against Bellingen is an important one for Coffs Harbour as they desperately battle for a finals berth and Mieni doesn't want his players to lose sight of the importance of the game.
"It's a big day that takes the players away from their usual routine and sometimes players can be overawed by the occasion," he said.