Orara Valley lock Ritchie Roberts has been called in to to the North Coast Dolphins team to play against a NRRRL combination this afternoon.
Orara Valley lock Ritchie Roberts has been called in to to the North Coast Dolphins team to play against a NRRRL combination this afternoon. David Barwell

Dolphins plan swim into Country Championship semis

REPRESENTATIVE rugby league returns to Coffs Harbour this afternoon with the North Coast Dolphins, made up of the combined creme de la creme from the Group 2 and Group 3 competitions, chasing Country Championship glory.

The Dolphins will be enjoying home-ground advantage of sorts at Geoff King Motors Park as it faces the Northern Rivers outfit led by Casino halfback Roy Bell and coach Scott Sattler.

At stake for the Dolphins is the chance to progress in this year's Country Championships and play against the strong Riverina outfit in next week's semi-finals at Dubbo.

Group 2 president and team selector Warren Gilkinson is confident the team that includes eight players from the local competition will acquit itself very well against its northern neighbour when the game kicks off at 1pm.

"We've got a pretty solid side," Gilkinson said.

"Last year we played in Tier 1 so the boys who played then have already got some experience at that level.

"Canberra was supposed to thrash us last year but we only lost to them by four points.

"There's a lot of guts in the team and they will stand up against this Northern Rivers side not a problem."

NORTH COAST
1. Luke Beaumont (Bellingen)
2. Cody Robbins (Port City)
3. Tim Bridge (Wingham)
4. Dylan Collett (Grafton)
5. Mitch Gorman (Grafton)
6. Matt Everett (Taree City)
7. Lachy Miller (Sawtell)
8. Beau Kettle (Wauchope)
9. James Kelly (Port Sharks)
10. Tom Maguire (Port Sharks)
11. Matt Shipway (Port Sharks)
12. Ritchie Roberts (Orara Valley)
13. Matt Bird (Wauchope)
14. Kurt Lewis (Wingham)
15. Kurt Molony (Port Sharks)
16. Miles Fairbank (Coffs Hbr)
17. Adam Slater (Grafton)
18. Aaron Wood (Macksville)
19. Ryan Binge (Grafton)
Coach: Phil Trembath



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