Defensive sting in tail key for Comets in showdown
THE carrot at the end of the stick tomorrow afternoon is obvious. Win and you're not only into the grand final but you also get to enjoy home ground advantage for the big game.
Everybody knows the reward but Coffs Harbour coach Col Speed has his gaze firmly locked on simply the 80 minutes the major semi-final against South Grafton has to offer, an attitude he tries to convey to the Comets squad each and every week.
"I just like to win every game," Speed said trying to downplay the importance of victory on this particular weekend.
"If you start getting really excited about this game or that game instead of being focused on winning every week, then your mindset's not where it should be.
"If you start thinking outside that, then you go away from what you're trying to achieve."
Speed is looking forward to seeing how his pack of forwards competes against the minor premier.
"I think our go-forward will be one of our major strengths and then it's a matter of seeing the way our 6, 7 and 9 can play off the back of that," he said.
"It's not just those guys though. I think we've got some good players in the backs who are really underrated and have the ability to score."
While glowing in his praise for the attacking options he has at his disposal, Speed isn't foolhardy enough to think victory can be achieved with a shootout mentality.
"Defence wins titles," he said.
"I know it's an old saying and a bit of a cliché but it's true.
"Attitude is important as well. They both go together really and we'll need that attitude.
"The Rebels are an evenly balanced team and they've got some quick lads with equally quick minds as well.
"There'll be times when we'll need to work hard in defence to try and contain them."
At McKittrick Park, South Grafton tomorrow.
First grade: South Grafton v Coffs Harbour at 2.45pm (Referee: Nathan Grace)
Reserve grade: Sawtell v Grafton at 12.45pm (Referee: Garry Stevenson)
Under-18s: Coffs Harbour v Sawtell at 11.30am (Referee: Craig Craigie)