SIGNS of better times ahead were evident despite Coffs Harbour Comets going down 40-14 to the Port Macquarie Sharks at Hastings Regional Stadium yesterday in the only VB Gold Group 2 game that received the go-ahead following the storms and torrential rains of the past week.
Coffs Harbour club boss Ken Hoad said the sloppy conditions played little part in the loss, but more possession and a better relationship with referee David Dunn could have seen the scores much closer. “That was a 200 per cent improvement on last week at Woopi,” he told the Coffs Coast Advocate.
“Port had three-quarters of the ball in the first half and then held it for a 16-minute period after the break where they scored three tries.
“Take that out of the game and had we not put ourselves into a position where we're going to be penalised and it's a different story.”
The Comets clearly suffered badly from the loss of forward leader Andy Miller who was injured in Saturday's Oxley Regional tri-series.
On the other hand, Sharks representatives Jeremy Lang and Joel Asher came safely through the selection trials and played a big role in their return to club football. • ALL other Group 2 games fell foul of the weather over the weekend with most sport on the Coffs Coast postponed. Read tomorrow's Advocate for all the latest Group 2 news from our league correspondent Greg White.
SCOREBOARD: PORT MACQUARIE SHARKS 40 (Ben Cudmore 2, Josh Mann, Scott Gallagher, Aupiu Pritchard, Joseph Iakopu, Clint McCabe tries; Josh Mann 6 goals) def COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 14 (Karl Younger, Blu Tamatoa tries; Scott Street 3 goals). Reserve grade: Coffs Harbour def Port Macquarie 20-16.
Under-18s: Port Macquarie def Coffs Harbour 20-18.