By GREG WHITE
ORARA Valley will face Macksville in a grand final showdown after yesterday's stunning 38-8 drubbing of Port Macquarie in the Group 2 preliminary final.
Plenty gave Orara a chance of upsetting the Sharks but few believed the reigning premiers would be swept from the field so emphatically.
The Axemen forwards took on the best pack of them all and handed out a lesson Port will take years to forget.
"Oh, we loved knocking over those big reputations," jubilant captain-coach Darryl Fisher grinned.
"Even when we were 8-4 down at the break I had this feeling we were getting on top."
The two sides engaged in a massive arm wrestle but a try to Toa Nikora soon after the resumption levelled the scores and when the second rower repeated the dose minutes later, the first signs were becoming evident the Sharks season was about to seriously implode.
"We broke Port right there," Fisher said.
"They found we weren't going along with their script and my boys have just been getting better and stronger every week.
"We enjoy playing finals football and there's still some adventure there."
Nikora was just edged out for man-of the-match honours by inspirational prop forward Dan Van Der Donk.
Matt Donovan was instrumental in the score blowing out in the second half and Brett Davis was iconic in what is likely to prove to be his penultimate match.
So, with days to prepare for another grand final, how is the great man feeling?
"The bones are just hanging together," Davis grinned while shrugging off the pain.
"But tell Macksville there's still another good 80 minutes inside there, somewhere."