Sawtell travels to Geoff King Motors Oval this afternoon to face fierce rival Coffs Harbour.
Sawtell travels to Geoff King Motors Oval this afternoon to face fierce rival Coffs Harbour. Solitary Images

Change may be in footy winds

IT'S THE last weekend of the rugby league minor premiership but four positions can change depending on Group 2 results.

If Coffs Harbour win and South Grafton is beaten, the Comets will take the minor premiership on percentages.

And if Nambucca Heads beat Orara Valley and Grafton go under, then the Roosters will leapfrog the Ghosts into third position.

Whatever happens with Sawtell, Macksville will still play in the elimination semi final by claiming a bye following the withdrawal of Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo from their final commitments.

Both Coffs Harbour and Orara Valley have opted for Saturday home games to cater for the enormous number of racing fans preparing for Sunday's Sawtell Cup race meeting.

Today is Comets Old Boys day and the club has reintroduced the famous Banana Bender jumper for the clash with old rival Sawtell.

It's the third year the Coffs club has supported a local charity and on this occasion funds will be raised for Coffs Harbour Pink Silks.

Pink Silks is a registered charity that raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research and women's health in the region.

The Comets and Pink Silks raised close to $9000 last year with raffles on the day, a donation bucket, sale of merchandise and the jumper auction held post-match at Coffs Harbour Leagues Club.

"The money raised through Pink Silks predominantly stays in our community and assists local women," Comets' president Steve Gooley said.

"We are very proud to be partnering with Pink Silks and I think the jumper auction is going to be enormously successful this year.

"It's the club's original design and has the famous Banana Bender logo has been put on it for this game.

"Also, it's the club's 50th year anniversary and that special jumper is going to mean a lot to the Comets Old Boys.

"Rex Sare, who was the original captain of the 1965 team, will be there at the game in his usual place on top of the stand.

"He gave the jumpers out to the first grade side at one of our early home games and related some old war stories to the boys from that very first year of playing.

"We have a young side trying to forge a direction and earn respect against the opposition and Rex talked of the hard, tough men from Dorrigo and Bellingen they played and the fierceness of that first game.

"Our current first grade players met a lot of the 1965 side and others from the '70s at the 50 year reunion and there is a great respect for the men who have gone before and developed our club.

"Players in all three grades taking on the Panthers will be looking to honour the players from the past."

Special honour will be given today to that 1965 team and the team coached by Jock Moore that won the 1985 Group 2 premiership.

GROUP 2 - ROUND 14
Today
2.45pm: Coffs Harbour v Sawtell at Geoff King Motors Oval (Referee: Nathan Grace)
2.30pm: Orara Valley v Nambucca Heads at Coramba Sportsground (Referee: Dave Honeybrook)
Tomorrow
2.45pm: South Grafton v Grafton at McKittrick Park (Referee: Ray Pettit)
Bye: Macksville



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