Comets take out the silver
COFFS Harbour sported silk for the first time on Saturday night and came away with the first Group 2 silverware for 2010.
The Comets edged out Orara Valley 18-14 in the Sevens final after looking the side most likely all evening.
“Yes, we did set out to win the tournament as it seemed like a great confidence-builder,” coach Warren Gilkinson confirmed.
“All my boys were 100 per cent committed and wanting to start this campaign on a good note.”
While reluctant to single out individuals for top billing he must have been ecstatic with the positive attitude of the entire side.
The Axemen lead by two points after the break and looked set to score again, only to have burly ex-Rabbitoh Troy Robinson pull off a chase down which probably turned the outcome.
Other highlights were a planned Matt Donovan kick-off in the second half which put enormous pressure on his former club and Rick McGrady’s flamboyant dummy pass late in the game which sucked in everybody on both sides and provided the winning try.
Orara boss Darryl Fisher brought the biggest squad of all four participants to the ground and was impressed by the unexpected finals berth.
“We wanted to give the young blokes a run and have some fun and in the end, we went really well,” he said.
Apart from a couple of handling lapses playmaker Clark Webb was a dynamo in attack and English-born utility Mike Castle made a welcome recovery from injuries which derailed his and the club’s 2009 season.
Group 2 Sevens
Orara Valley d Woolgoolga 18-4
Coffs Harbour d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 20-12
Coffs Harbour d Woolgoolga 22-8
Orara Valley d Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo 14-4
Coffs Harbour d Orara Valley 18-14 (final)