Star Coffs Harbour scrumhalf Freddy Suaesi may be a shock late scratching from this weekend’s grand final.
Star Coffs Harbour scrumhalf Freddy Suaesi may be a shock late scratching from this weekend’s grand final. Leigh Jensen

Coffs star may not be in final

COFFS Rugby’s grand final preparations have hit a snag with news arriving from the Sunshine State that star halfback Faavae ‘Freddy’ Suaesi may be unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Hastings Valley.

The master playmaker moved to Queensland for employment five weeks ago and in four matches since, has made the return journey by train to take his place in the side.

Club spokesperson Paul Butcher said he’s still trying to get more information on the problem.

“I spoke to Freddy on Tuesday and he was saying how excited he was about the game and that family and friends would be coming down to watch him play,” he said.

“Yesterday he sent an SMS to say his plans had run into a few problems and we’re still trying to see if there’s any way the club may be in a position to help.

“But we have to keep moving along for the match and Brendan Hoy has been placed on standby for yet another first grade grand final appearance, so we have a quality half coming in if needed to steer the ship.”

With two sides involved, the final formal training session will take place at Coffs Coast Advocate Rugby Park from 6pm tomorrow.

As an open session, supporters and fans are welcome to watch the sides in action.

“Come and watch first grade coach Geoff Mould stop his forwards from trying to be backs,” Butcher, the second grade coach said.

“Once we have the First XV sorted I’ll move on to the Crabs second grade, where the unenviable task is informing some of the guys they will be watching from the bench.

“After that we have a get-together planned at the Coast Hotel.”

Finally, the sides will attend the Friday night junior competition to assist with coaching and helping out the young players of the future.

Meanwhile, Butcher offered hearty congratulations to the Vikings who navigated a difficult path into the season decider by eliminating Port Pirates.

“The match was a thriller and for the third time this season ended in a draw which must be some type of record,” he added.

“Coffs are wary, as two losses this year have been to Vikings.”

Saturday’s grand finals begin with under 19s at 11.45am.



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