Win vital for North
By CHRIS McKINLEY
IF North Coffs want to grab a double chance position at the end of the year then they must win tomorrow against the ladder leading Sawtell/Toormina at Advocate Park.
One thing that may be to the advantage the Kangaroos tomorrow has been the precipitation in the air that has been almost a constant presence since Tuesday.
Most people know that damp conditions generally close the class gap between two sides and anything that helps North Coffs close the gap on their opponents is welcome.
On a dry day, the skills of classy Saints Luke Matthews, Mark Couzens, Michael Bibby and Les Cohen come to the fore.
Also, Sawtell's taller players on a firm track such as Tristan McCormack and Courtney Tune are also an advantage for the reigning premiers but if there's any moisture on the ball tomorrow than this negate the fantastic advantage that these players offers their club.
There's no secret that a large percentage of North Coffs players thrive on the game being a physical contest.
This year though, some Kangaroos have crossed the line between physicality and a lack of discipline.
Experienced players at the club are at times becoming exasperated at the younger players giving away 50 metre penalties and getting 10 minute spells on the sidelines which only serves to make victory more difficult to attain.
No doubt coaches Darren Funston and David Velt will have addressed this issue through the week but it's not like Sawtell need any protection from any umpires or martians anyway.
Scott Matthews is as tough as they come and Jai Hardy isn't one to shirk any issues either.
If it's wet, then the scores might be a bit closer but next time you make a cuppa, take note of how the cream rises to the top.
TIP: Sawtell by 28 points.