A LARGE platform set by the Coffs Harbour forwards paved the way for the Comets to retain the Ken Orr Memorial Shield.

To hold on to the shield, the annual symbol of supremacy between strong rivals Coffs Harbour and Orara Valley, the Comets needed to beat the home team by more than 18 points.

Early on when Orara Valley led 16-6 it looked like the Axemen were going to grab the shield but that was before the Comets scored six tries in the space of 20 minutes to lead 40-16 not long into the second half.

The try scoring blitz was built on the back of Coffs Harbour's forwards who were able to punch holes through the middle of Orara Valley's defence.

While Miles Fairbank and Iain Murray were good for the Comets, Matt Cheeseman was outstanding.

The Axemen had no answer for Cheeseman's barnstorming runs which gave Coffs Harbour's halves pairing of captain Nathan Curry and Scott Street plenty of room to orchestrate a point scoring spree.

The Comets took the foot off the pedal for a short period and when Dalwyn Vale strolled over the try line for Orara valley, the margin had been reduced to 10 points and there was still 21 minutes remaining.

Woken from their temporary slumber, the Comets scored another three tries to make it 10 for the day and wrap up a high scoring contest 56-30.

GROUP 2

Coffs Harbour def Orara Valley 56-30

South Grafton def Woolgoolga 34-24

Macksville def Bellingen 46-18

Nambucca Heads def Sawtell 34-6



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