Billy Griffiths scores an early try for Coffs Harbour.
Billy Griffiths scores an early try for Coffs Harbour. Emily Burley

Comets upstage Ghosts in semi final clash

A COUPLE of early tries from the Coffs Harbour Comets set the tone for today's qualifying semi final at Geoff King Motors Oval.

The Comets had the upper hand from the opening minute and maintained their lead for a 33-22 victory over the Grafton Ghosts.

Comets coach Colin Speed said it was a pleasing result but not the side's best form.

"We played ugly again and we're probably making it hard for ourselves.

"If we knuckle down and play structured footy there's no doubt we can do what we intend to do at the back end of the season."

Ghosts captain-coach Ben McLennan conceded the home side was on top from the start.

"We didn't start from the get-go and they got the jump on us early and it was too hard to claw back in."

The Comets progress to a major semi final meeting with minor premiers the South Grafton Rebels next Sunday to play for a spot in the grand final.

With the winning team to lock in a home grand final, Speed said they were looking forward to the challenge.

"We're excited; if you're not excited at this time of year you haven't got a pulse.

"Bring it on."

The Ghosts will face off against Saturday's winner Nambucca Heads with the winner of that game advancing to the preliminary final.

"I don't think we have too many injuries coming out of this game and we'll have our halfback Ryan Farrell back," McLennan said.

"We'll be putting our best foot forward against Nambucca."

COFFS HARBOUR COMETS 33 (Jacob van Hamond 2, Billy Griffiths 2, Sam Miles, Miles Fairbank tries; Nathan Curry 4 goals; Kerrod Selmes field goal) def GRAFTON GHOSTS (Cameron Stewart, Mitch Gorman 2, Blake Winmill tries; Matt Muller 3 goals)

Reserve grade - Grafton d South Grafton 28-26

Under 18s - Sawtell d South Grafton 34-10



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