Coffs Rugby prop Nick Joyce in the charge
Coffs Rugby prop Nick Joyce in the charge The Coffs Coast Advocate/Supplied

Full steam ahead for Coffs rugby teams

WITH the decision made to field two teams of equal strength in next year's MNC Rugby competition, Coffs Rugby are already putting the wheels in motion to have both teams play-off in the 2009 grand final.

Training will commence on January 8 and from there the difficult task of selecting two evenly matched teams will begin.

The first step in the selection process will be the appointment of the coaches for the two teams and re-elected president Matt Quirk hopes that the response will be a positive one.

“We're welcoming all nominations,” he said.

“Even if it's just to be a co-coach or help in certain aspects of training.”

While there's still some work to do to work out the on-field machinations for Coffs Rugby, off the field things have rarely looked brighter.

With Quirk back at the helm and veteran player Ritchie Officer taking on the role of secretary, there is plenty of stability in the committee room.

There are also three women on the club's committee for 2009 with Nat Hoy, Nicole Quirk and Samantha Smith able to offer their opinions.

The biggest issue facing the committee so far, apart from sponsorship which Hoy is responsible for, is the player's concerns for the split of the two teams.

The finer details are yet to be completely finalised but the club's outline shows that the first step will be for all players to be given the opportunity to nominate who they would like to play alongside.

This will form the basis of some decisions and will make sure that people are happy and can play with their mates if the club can't pick between two players. However, the final call will revolve around the premise that teams will be selected based on making sure that there are good match ups in key spots.

This means that regular first-grade props Nick Joyce and Matt Hoy are highly unlikely to be in the same team. The same process is likely with hookers Cameron Wainwright and Lachlan Chubb as well as classy fullbacks Dylan Hurley and Will Guest.

Once the teams are selected it's time to get down to the business of trial matches before the season commences on March 28.

The club's first games in 2009 are the Crescent Head 7s on February 14 followed by Forster 10s and then Armidale for the Knockout 15s in mid-March.

We're welcoming all nominations. Even if it's just to be a co-coach or help in certain aspects of training



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