Comets defeat Roosters for spot in grand final
THE Coffs Harbour Comets have clawed their way into next week's Group 2 grand final after a nail-biting golden point victory over the Nambucca Heads Roosters at Geoff King Motors Oval.
The Comets trailed the Roosters 6-22 with just 25 minutes of regular time remaining, but determination saw the home side dig deep and lay down another three tries for a 22-all score at the 80-minute mark.
A long 20 minutes of extra play saw desperation take hold and fumbles from both sides, before a try from Coffs Harbour's John Oakes ended the match.
Comets coach Colin Speed held nothing back as he watched on from the sideline.
"It was pretty animated," Speed said.
"A bit of feeling came into it too, which is something I think we've lacked."
The final try gave the Comets plenty to celebrate but for the Roosters it marked the heartbreaking end to their season.
"We've come a long way," Roosters coach Peter Barrett said.
"The boys have been playing well together in the last six weeks and we've come from nowhere to get to here.
"It's disappointing but to give the Comets credit, they came back from 22-6 and thinking they had no hope."
Next Sunday's game sees the Comets go head-to-head with the South Grafton Rebels for the Group 2 premiership.
Speed said he isn't too concerned about the 54-4 thumping the Rebels gave his side in last week's semi-final.
"We take a leaf out of last year," he said.
"We went up there and the Ghosts were red hot - beating every side 90-20 or 90-nil - and we lost by just two points in extra time.
"It's a completely different story on the day."