Trent Baade is pursued by Richard Booth on Saturday.
Trent Baade is pursued by Richard Booth on Saturday.

Young Roos lead the way

NORTH COFFS v NAMBUCCA VALLEY NORTH Coffs put a week of turmoil behind them by again using possibly the best home ground advantage to full effect to record a solid 31 point victory over Nambucca Valley. Coaxing a lot of players out of retirement to ensure player numbers were sufficient after being forced to forfeit last week, the Kangaroos dominated through the midfield with the young quintet of Tom Campbell, Josh Drum, Tom Merrick and new recruits Drew Butler and Brod McDonald shining. Relieved at getting the points, Kangaroos coach Darren Funston couldn't praise the efforts of his midfield enough. "Through the centre we dominated because of the run that the young blokes created," he said. "I was really pleased with the use of handball in tight situations and the overlap that they created to put teammates into space. "It's been a tough week off the field and it's a big relief that all the boys stood up on it to turn things around a bit." The Lions are now the only team not to record a victory in the opening two rounds but playing coach Jimmy Angel believes it's simple lapses mentally that have cost them so far. "It's a pretty even comp this year and you can't afford to lose concentration against anyone," he explained. "It's pretty tight so if you go down for a quarter, you're going to get beaten. "In the third quarter it happened and North Coffs used the wind and rammed a few home." At a glance NORTH COFFS 3.6 4.10 8.12 11.14 (80) d NAMBUCCA VALLEY 2.1 4.4 4.6 7.7 (49). Goals North Coffs - Jason Mayer (2), Darren Funston, Brendan Ogden, Brad Greenshields, Ryan Wood, John Henry, Josh Drum, Jordan Rendell, Tom Campbell, Grahame Connolly. Nambucca Valley - Jason Walker (2), Mick Ward (2), Col Bourne, Lindsay Ainsworth, Heath Addison. Best North Coffs - Tom Campbell, Darren Funston, Tom Merrick, Drew Butler, Ryan Wood.



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