Comets revel in wet
COFFS Harbour marked a barnstorming start to the season by handing Orara Valley a lesson about wet weather football in the first Ken Orr Memorial Shield game.
In a tense and low scoring affair, the Comets held on to their first half lead for a 14-8 win on Coramba turf.
The result gives them their fifth win from six games this season.
Comets president Steve Gooley said his squad had hung in well in the sloppy conditions.
"We saw a lot of dropped balls and a lot of mistakes," he said.
"It would have been a different game completely on a dry track.
"The season has been progressing well for the club but we're about to face some different challenges.
"Bellingen this weekend will be tough and the Sawtell game is going to be a big day for us in all three grades."
He said standout players from Sunday's contest were John Oakes and Shayde Perham.
Despite a narrow loss, Axemen president Andrew Gardiner remained optimistic on club fortunes and said the coming weeks will be vital for the emerging team.
"The game was a grind but that is what the boys need," he said.
"My impression is that they're not yet playing to the potential that they probably could.
"I don't know if it's self-belief but every week they're getting better.
"One or two wins on the board will give momentum."
Group 2 - Round five
South Grafton d Sawtell 38-20
Coffs Harbour d Orara Valley 14-8
Nambucca Heads and Macksville drew 24-all
Grafton d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 50-0
Points: Rebels 10, Ghosts 8, Comets 8, Panthers 6, Sea Eagles 3, Roosters 3, Axemen 2, Magpies 0
Sawtell d South Grafton 24-22
Coffs Harbour d Orara Valley 12-6
Nambucca Heads d Macksville 32-10
Grafton d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 50-4
Points: Ghosts 10, Panthers 8, Rebels 6, Axemen 6, Comets 6, Roosters 4, Sea Eagles 0, Magpies 0
South Grafton d Sawtell 24-16
Coffs Harbour bye
Macksville d Nambucca Heads 24-22
Grafton d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 26-4
Points: Comets 10, Panthers 8, Rebels 6, Sea Eagles 6, Roosters 4, Ghosts 4, Magpies 2