Woolgoolga ran their big men at the Axemen late in the game but the defence stayed rock solid.
Woolgoolga ran their big men at the Axemen late in the game but the defence stayed rock solid. Greg White

Axemen make coach’s Bali holiday break even better

THE holiday in Bali suddenly became extra enjoyable for coach Will Lockwood after receiving a text message saying his Axemen held on to beat Woolgoolga 28-22 on a showery afternoon at Coramba.

Lockwood tipped a huge improvement in the wake of the Grafton loss and while the side was still a long way short of perfect, skipper Richard Roberts will be able to report to the boss that there were patches that are certain to please him.

"We're still such a new side and still working out the combinations," Roberts said.

"We made few things gel out there today and as the weeks pass the execution will only improve.

"Don't forget this forward pack is still fairly new and the blokes who joined the club are still getting to know the Orara boys.

"It showed late in the game when we had to step up the defence.

"Woopi kept throwing their big forwards at our inside backs trying to split us up but the calls were there and we lifted just that bit extra."

Orara scored three minutes into the game via Russell Lardner and managed to always stay tantalisingly ahead of the visitors.

Visiting captain-coach Clark Webb said that didn't alarm him until late in the day but by that stage the bird had just about flown.

"We have the ability to score heaps of points so I wasn't worried when Orara led early," he said.

"Even when they got away again midway through the second half I was still feeling confident but we made some silly errors including giving away penalties in possession.

"Things like that you can't afford to do and it's a big reason why we couldn't make up the difference in the end."

Round four

Orara Valley d Woolgoolga 28-22

Coffs Harbour d Macksville 23-22

Sawtell d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 40-20

South Grafton d Grafton 28-14

Nambucca Heads bye



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