BATTLE FOR TITLE: The young Comets are ecstatic after claiming the minor title.
BATTLE FOR TITLE: The young Comets are ecstatic after claiming the minor title.

Bold statement by Comets coach may become grand final reality

IT COULD have sounded like a boast to some at the time, but a throwaway line from Coffs Harbour under-18 coach Scott Street as this season began may prove strangely prophetic.

Back on February 14, Street had just watched his youngsters beat Nambucca Heads 17-10 in the junior final of the Coffs Coast Nines and was asked by the media for his opinion on their long-term prospects.

"We were a bit scratchy to start but when they straightened up and played as a team, we got better and better," he said.

"A couple were still learning what it's all about but there's real potential to go somewhere.

"If they stick together and keep developing, they can go places."

Not even Street would have predicted his lads would win the minor premiership and now face the old rivals from Sawtell for the title.

Panthers boss Troy Robinson will be involved in two deciders on Sunday - co-coaching the juniors with Alec Cullen and playing in the reserve grade match.

'Robbo' is confident of claiming a double but winning the under-18 match would give special satisfaction.

"They've done it the hard way, coming through a series of games and that's always the best way to do it," he said.

Meanwhile, the future stars will be on display at Geoff Kings Motors Oval, where Group 2 Beautizone JRL plays its minor semi finals.

Host club Coffs Harbour will appear in the under-10's, 14's and 16's minor semi finals.

Coffs Harbour

1 Dylan Forbes

2 Blake Heffernan

3 Justin Hull

4 Liam Hines

5 Dyllan Zappia

6 Liam Dunn

7 Marly Parkinson

8 Jacob Gregg

9 Josh Portelli

10 Alex Bunt

11 Jack Archibald

12 Tobi Nicholson

13 Cody Berry

14 Tjara Robinson

15 Marika Kelly

16 Jackson Hepi

17 Nathaniel Hart

18 Taj Robinson

19 Reece McKinnon


1 Jack Conlon

2 Tyler Eather

3 Michael Hart

4 Chris Morcombe

5 Jamie Mullard

6 Thomas Sanders

7 Damian Dumas

8 Riley Pryor

9 Dion Delevante

10 Jake Windows

11 Lance Cullen

12 Damien McTighue

13 (no listing)

14 Riley Gray

15 Cody Bland

16 Jack Stevens

17 Robert Brilley

19 Jedd Mitchell

20 Tyson Hoffman

21 Bradford Sinclair

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