Comets win big yawn fest

IF yesterday's clash between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell had been televised and I'd set the timer to record it, I'd pray to God that I made a mistake and ended up taping a movie starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen - that's how bad the match was.

Neither side played inspired football and considering the conditions at Rex Hardaker Oval were close to perfect, there was absolutely no excuse for the atrocious ball handling skills that both the Comets and Panthers produced.

And they were simple errors as well.

Any coach will tell you that your chances of catching the ball increase exponentially when you keep your eyes on the ball.

Both teams defended well enough but it was an attack that this match lacked any spark.

"I think our boys were too tired from doing so much tackling," a frustrated Sawtell captain-coach Craig Wallace said.

"I was happy with our attitude and our commitment defensively which was a massive turnaround from last week. What we didn't turnaround was our control."

Coffs Harbour weren't great but they grabbed the points because they weren't as bad as Sawtell and had just a little extra spark with the ball in the hands, particularly when the halves put centres Pat Brennan and Darren Blackett into space.

But there were still errors.

"We probably pushed the pass a bit too much and played with the ball too much," Dyett said of his team's day.

Whispers are that club officials at Coffs Harbour are unhappy with the performance of Aaron Dyett.

I hope those same officials were at the match and witnessed the importance of Dyett to the team.

When the Comets captain-coach left the field injured on the hour mark, Coffs Harbour suddenly looked vulnerable in defence.

Dyett's value as a leader on the field with his voice is incalculable.

He also stuck to his guns with selection after Allan Jones was a late withdrawal and he may have found an attacking combination to take the team places this year.

Riki Epiha was outstanding at hooker and the years of playing together that Geoff Batten and Mick Ronan have had showed the way they combined in the halves.


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