Comets thrash Mustangs
AFTER a sluggish start to the season, Coffs Harbour has ended round one in a blaze of glory by defeating Macleay Valley 48-24 at Verge Street Stadium.
It was their fourth win on the trot and in the wake of the successful Sharks and Panthers who lead the competition, makes them the form side right now.
The Comets again gave away start when the Mustangs shot ahead 8-0 but once the flow of possession came the way of his troops, coach Warren Gilkinson was again a contented man.
“I’ve come to expect slow starts at Kempsey and one day it’s going to catch us ... but not this time,” he said happily.
“Once the ball came our way the boys gave themselves plenty of room to move and we took over control of the game.”
In fact, Coffs was so dominant the home side didn’t get another sniff until the final seven minutes of the match.
With the battle finally won the visitors shouldered their tools and Macleay ran in three tries to finish off the scoring.
“I should be disappointed but it’s hard to be too tough on the boys,” Gilkinson said.
“Macleay tried a bit of magic with the chip and chase and tossing the ball wide and it paid off.
“They’ve got some very quick young kids down there and if we’d given them that much latitude earlier it wouldn’t have been fun.”
Gilkinson can’t wait for the second round to commence with the side due for the return meeting with old rivals Sawtell to start the action.
“I think we’re really hitting our stride,” he predicted.
“Josh Fox is really getting fit and he was again impressive, while having Darren Blackett back on the paddock is another big plus for us.
“Matt Donovan was fantastic and sometimes leaves you in awe of what he can do.
“The only thing we have to watch is not getting right into it at the start as when you’re playing the top sides, you can’t count on coming back late.
“Against Sawtell, we’ve got to be in it from the kick-off.”