Sawtell fullback, Steve Sansom is mobbed by the Woolgoolga Seahorses defence including centre Drew Vines during the Group 2 Rug
Sawtell fullback, Steve Sansom is mobbed by the Woolgoolga Seahorses defence including centre Drew Vines during the Group 2 Rug

Win has Cross in raptures

By GREG WHITE

ANOTHER day at the office and another one-sided victory for Woolgoolga.

That was the scenario at Rex Hardaker Oval yesterday as the Seahorses put away Sawtell 46-22 leaving captain coach John Cross in raptures at his squad's commitment.

"They have finally discovered how much they love to win and the confidence they have in themselves increases every time they take the field," he said.

"During the week we had a look at what Sawtell might offer and decided to target the halves.

"Blake Seymour had the job to quieten Adam (Loudon) and I couldn't have asked him for more."

But on the other side of the amenities block, Panther boss Craig Wallace was feeling much less effervescent.

"It was just pathetic," the big prop growled.

"We didn't turn up to play and they played all over us.

"There's just no excuse."

Almost from the start things began to look grim for Sawtell.

After pouncing on a Woopi mistake, centre Nathan Davies ran the length before a hearing the crushing recall from referee David Dunn.

From the ensuing scrum, Ross Hunter crossed for the opening try, setting the scene for a black afternoon in Panthertown.

At various stages the Panthers tried to apply pressure but rock solid Woolgoolga defence kept turning them back.

Other times, passes that promised results were dropped and the quick cleanup by the visitors was turned back on them with devastating results.

"Everybody's still learning from each other, how they pass the ball and in which direction, where to place themselves and things like that," Cross said.

"And the way they rush in to plug gaps in the defensive line gets better and better."

Cross felt marker defence was "dodgy" early but as the game went on and confidence grew, his troops were able to polish Sawtell off by second-guessing their next move.

"Getting the combinations going with Arthur Murray is a big help.

"Arthur with Seymour, Arthur with Vines - then they start working up things with each other and it all comes together.

"Makes us very hard to beat."

The Panthers are the latest to nod agreement to that statement.

Woolgoolga made it a clean sweep for the afternoon with wins in all three 'regular' grades and as their Old Boys were quick to point out, a 16-4 cleanup of the Panthers in the veterans affair that opened the day's festivities.

WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 46 (Ross Hunter, Drew Vines, Blake Seymour 2, Brad Choice, Xavier Sullivan, Arthur Murray tries; Murray 4, Seymour goals) def SAWTELL PANTHERS 22 (Dale Churchland 2, Damian Irvine, Brendan Myers tries; Daniel Tempest 3 goals)

Scrums: Sawtell 8-6

Penalties: Sawtell 8-5

Errors: Sawtell 12, Woolgoolga 9

Best Players: Drew Vines, Blake Seymour, Arthur Murray (Woolgoolga) - Brent Cullen, Dale Churchland, Craig Wallace (Sawtell)

Reserve Grade: Woolgoolga 36 d Sawtell 34

Under 18: Woolgoolga 34 d Sawtell 10Sawtell full back, Steve Sansom is mobbed by the Woolgoolga Seahorses defence including centre Drew Vines during the Group 2 Rugby League clash at Rex Hardaker Oval yesterday. The Seahorses won 46-22, see match reports pages 16-17. Photo: BRUCE THOMAS 06050832A

Win has Cross in raptures

By GREG WHITE

ANOTHER day at the office and another one-sided victory for Woolgoolga.

That was the scenario at Rex Hardaker Oval yesterday as the Seahorses put away Sawtell 46-22 leaving captain coach John Cross in raptures at his squad's commitment.

"They have finally discovered how much they love to win and the confidence they have in themselves increases every time they take the field," he said.

"During the week we had a look at what Sawtell might offer and decided to target the halves.

"Blake Seymour had the job to quieten Adam (Loudon) and I couldn't have asked him for more."

But on the other side of the amenities block, Panther boss Craig Wallace was feeling much less effervescent.

"It was just pathetic," the big prop growled.

"We didn't turn up to play and they played all over us.

"There's just no excuse."

Almost from the start things began to look grim for Sawtell.

After pouncing on a Woopi mistake, centre Nathan Davies ran the length before a hearing the crushing recall from referee David Dunn.

From the ensuing scrum, Ross Hunter crossed for the opening try, setting the scene for a black afternoon in Panthertown.

At various stages the Panthers tried to apply pressure but rock solid Woolgoolga defence kept turning them back.

Other times, passes that promised results were dropped and the quick cleanup by the visitors was turned back on them with devastating results.

"Everybody's still learning from each other, how they pass the ball and in which direction, where to place themselves and things like that," Cross said.

"And the way they rush in to plug gaps in the defensive line gets better and better."

Cross felt marker defence was "dodgy" early but as the game went on and confidence grew, his troops were able to polish Sawtell off by second-guessing their next move.

"Getting the combinations going with Arthur Murray is a big help.

"Arthur with Seymour, Arthur with Vines - then they start working up things with each other and it all comes together.

"Makes us very hard to beat."

The Panthers are the latest to nod agreement to that statement.

Woolgoolga made it a clean sweep for the afternoon with wins in all three 'regular' grades and as their Old Boys were quick to point out, a 16-4 cleanup of the Panthers in the veterans affair that opened the day's festivities.

WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 46 (Ross Hunter, Drew Vines, Blake Seymour 2, Brad Choice, Xavier Sullivan, Arthur Murray tries; Murray 4, Seymour goals) def SAWTELL PANTHERS 22 (Dale Churchland 2, Damian Irvine, Brendan Myers tries; Daniel Tempest 3 goals)

Scrums: Sawtell 8-6

Penalties: Sawtell 8-5

Errors: Sawtell 12, Woolgoolga 9

Best Players: Drew Vines, Blake Seymour, Arthur Murray (Woolgoolga) - Brent Cullen, Dale Churchland, Craig Wallace (Sawtell)

Reserve Grade: Woolgoolga 36 d Sawtell 34

Under 18: Woolgoolga 34 d Sawtell 10



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