Third time lucky

NSW Country coach Scott Mieni is hoping for a case of third time lucky when he takes the side to Queensland this year.

In two years of coaching NSW Country, Mieni is yet to taste success against his Queensland counterparts, but reckons 2005 is a great chance to change that record.

"In the two years I have been coaching they have grabbed us twice, but hopefully we can get one back this year," he said.

"We definitely won't go up there unprepared this year.

"We'll be right to go."

As reported in yesterday's Coffs Coast Advocate, Mieni is recovering from the potentially fatal Myelofibrosis disease, after receiving a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother Brad late last year.

Mieni was announced as Country coach last Friday and will take the side to Queensland in June.

"At this stage I think we're going to Bundaberg (to play Queensland Country) and there is a chance we will play New Zealand A in Gosford," he said.

Adding to the Coffs Coast flavour in the NSW Country squad, Sawtell's Shane Townsend will again be the side's trainer.

"I think it's really good news for the community (to have two people involved with preparing NSW Country)," Mieni said.

Mieni admitted that there times during his rehabilitation from Myelofibrosis, when he considered pulling out of the race to coach Country.

But now he has regained his health, he can't wait to lead the team against the traditional enemy.

"The doctors said they felt I would be more than up to it, otherwise I would have retracted (his application)," he said. "There was no way I was going to put it before my health or family."

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