Axemen too sharp for Mustangs

ORARA Valley opened their 2010 winning account yesterday by downing a plucky Macleay Valley 34-20 at Coramba Coliseum.

The Axemen only held a narrow two-point lead at the turnaround and had to fight hard to shake off the challenge from the visitors.

Winning coach Darryl Fisher said his side had taken the foot off the accelerator late in the game which saw their lead trimmed but with a final surge, sealed victory by crossing for the last try.

“It’s nerve-wracking for a coach but it’s a sensational thing for the competition when the teams are proving so even,” he said.

“Sometimes we played fine and showed how good we can be when we put it together ... at other times it wasn’t very workmanlike at all.”

Fisher was again thrilled with the form of the next generation of Axemen emerging from Under 18s.

“Nick Lihou came on for another big one,” he said.

“Of the others, Jarrad Few gets better and better every week and among the top-liners, Paul Tomlinson had another fantastic match leading from the front.”



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