Comets fullback Scott Street (left) helps Abel Lefaoseu wrap up Bellingen dangerman Matt Bush in today's big win at Geoff King Motors Park.
Comets fullback Scott Street (left) helps Abel Lefaoseu wrap up Bellingen dangerman Matt Bush in today's big win at Geoff King Motors Park. Leigh Jensen

Comets seek even higher standards after huge Bellingen win

IT'S GETTING harder with every match to find new things to write about Coffs Harbour Comets.

Today's outing at Geoff King Motors Oval ended up a lop-sided 86-4 dam burst, all over Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo.

And just like in the wins over Woolgoolga and Orara Valley, the Coffs attack was precise, defensive discipline was exemplary and the side made very, very few handling errors.

However, coach Colin Speed detected some little things that he says he needs to keep an eye on.

"It was clinical but there are still some areas we can improve on," he said.

"We're pretty hard on ourselves in key performance indicators we've got within our club.

"There are standards and still things to work out."

Like a good racehorse trainer, Speed appears to be seeking consistency from his men.

In three starts, there hasn't appeared to be a single player out of form or playing the slightest below par.

At the same time, there appears to be miles of improvement still to come and perhaps, the best of the Comets is months away.

"I'm a hard taskmaster," Speed admitted.

Leading 40-0 at the break, there must have been temptation to be over-confident, pull a few stunts and lapse into bad habits from pushing too hard.

Instead, the Comets maintained the same pace and remained just as focused for the last 40 minutes as they were for the first.

"Today I was pleased with the second half performance and the key was to stick to our goals for the entire game," the coach added.

"To not get complacent regardless of whom we are playing and respect the ball to achieve the goals we set."

One of the highlights was the pin-point accuracy of Nathan Curry's goal kicking.

The star half landed 13 goals from 15 attempts with plenty coming from wide on the park.

Bellingen coach Maurie Hulbert was disappointed for his troops who found it hard to hold back a team so full of confidence.

"Not many positives to come out of it," he said.

"We ran into too good a side."

Inexperience was an obvious problem, along with the inability to maintain intensity.

Factor in the absence of talk between the Magpies when forming up in defensive patterns and the score became no surprise.

"We missed an experienced playmaker as Dylan Edwards is just up from under-18s and finding his way," Hulbert said.

"They made sure they put plenty of pressure on him in a pressure game.

"But they'll all learn something from it."


COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 86 (Scott Street 4, Michael Meadows 4, Luke Beaumont 2, Abel Lefaoseu 2, Nathan Curry, Daniel Slater, Andrew Smith tries; Nathan Curry 13 goals) def BELLINGER VALLEY-DORRIGO MAGPIES 4 (Matt Bush try)

At Geoff King Motors Oval, Coffs Harbour

Referee: Jason Townley

Scrums: Bellingen 7-4

Penalties: Bellingen 6-4

Errors; Bellingen 11, Coffs Harbour 8

Reserve grade: Coffs Harbour d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 54-10

Under 18s: Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo bye

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