Good advice leads Comets to win
WORDS of support from a motivational speaker helped Coffs Harbour finally break their 2010 losing streak when they downed Nambucca Heads 30-10 at Advocate Park yesterday.
Coach Warren Gilkinson said the advice was to visualise the joys of winning and his men responded.
“The boys got the message and were all over the Heads from the start,” he said.
“Controlling the football was the key and before I knew it we were 18-0 up and back in business.
“Our first mistake was a missed tackle and a misunderstanding by Matt Donovan allowed his brother Paul on the other side to grab the ball and score ... don’t think Matty was too pleased with Paul after that.”
Another Comets error allowed a second try from the Roosters but from that moment on the afternoon belonged to the home side.
“A few things going wrong didn’t worry me too much as I was just happy to be completing sets again because when we hold the football we look like a very good football side,” Gilkinson said.
“They tend to panic when we lose possession or try too hard to make up for it instead of getting settled, taking their time and letting things flow.
“It’s a simple game unless you complicate it for yourself.”
Nambucca’s battle-scarred veterans showed signs of the brutal past few weeks they’d experienced and their bench was again placed under enormous pressure.
“Their older blokes caused us a lot of headaches but it’s hard for them to see out a full 80 minutes at full stretch ... I know, I’ve been there,” Gilkinson added.
Under the pump for his slow start to the season, Troy Robinson thrilled his coach when he rose to the occasion and drove home the win in the final stages.
“Robbo took control at the back end of the second half and they didn’t know how to handle him,” the coach remarked.
“He’s such a strong bloke and once his confidence is up he takes a bit of stopping. I’m really pleased for him now he’s turned the corner ... we all have, actually.”