Attitude leads Axemen to win
THAT wasn’t an ill wind that blew through Coramba last night, it was a massive collective sigh of relief from the players and supporters of Orara Valley.
The Axemen have been close to victory five times this year without collecting the chocolates. A record that saw them slump to the bottom of the table eight days ago.
Yesterday though Orara pulled away from a disjointed Nambucca Heads to record a comfortable 42-16 victory and stay within touching distance of the top five teams as the season reaches its half-way point.
Axemen coach Darryl Fisher said that yesterday’s win was as much about attitude as it was to do with aptitude.
“There was a lot not be happy with but most importantly they had a positive attitude,” Fisher said.
“When things did go against us, instead of taking the negative out of it they stayed positive and that was another game that could’ve gone the other way had we not had that frame of mind.”
While the final scoreboard suggests otherwise the contest could’ve gone either way in the first half.
With only moments remaining before the break the Axemen led by six points which could’ve been even less if Roosters goalkicker Mick Ronan converted his opportunities.
Then Nambucca fullback Warwick Jones dropped a last tackle kick that Nick Lihou collected before setting up Nathan Hardy to give Orara the room they needed to ram home the advantage.
While Fisher was happy with his team’s state of mind, the same can’t be said of Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig.
Stig had just seen his team lose their fifth consecutive match to leave him scratching his head for answers that he’s yet to find.
“Something has certainly gone wrong here and we’re just trying to put our finger on what it is,” Stig said. “It’s attitude, we know it’s attitude. It’s not a happy place at the moment. From where we were four weeks ago it’s not good, ” Stig said.
The Axemen are a long way from being ‘back’ but their coach is now a lot more optimistic about their chances in 2010.
“We’ve got a couple of guys who will hopefully be right for the start of the second round and we’ve got two home games to start the second round, too,” Fisher said.
“It’s nice to be back at home. We’ve only had two home games in our first seven games but we can start again now.”