Gonzo gets gong for Eagles
ONE player doesn't win a game on his own in team sport but a master of the craft ... like Macksville's enigmatic Garry 'Gonzo' Jarrett ... can seriously affect the outcome.
The veteran Sea Eagle was the catalyst for his side's 34-14 demolition of Woolgoolga at the Sports Reserve yesterday, when the match appeared destined for a drawn-out arm wrestle.
From the moment Jarrett was introduced to the game - and scored from his first touch of the ball - that burly frame and booming voice was the spark that set the visitors on the path to total domination.
Captain-coach Neville Donovan wasn't keen to overplay his kinsman's role in the victory but broke into a beaming smile as soon as his name was mentioned.
“He played well in the first half and helped it become a full team effort,” he said.
“Our preparation was built on being patient, not rushing things and trying to get over the line too quick.
“It goes back to good training sessions with us finally being able to get onto a dry surface and use ball work to build ourselves up, where for a couple of weeks, we haven't had that.”
Woolgoolga coach Darren Leaney said he'd never been comfortable at any stage, even in the first half when the Seahorses were still holding their own, and the final capitulation was no surprise.
“I always had the feeling something was lacking,” he admitted.
“The second half was awful and I just said to Gonzo that the score flattered us, they should have thumped us by 50 or more.
“From the kick-off to the second half, we were never in it.”
Only fullback Sam Sinclair was totally effective and Leaney believes it's the wake-up call the side needs.
“There were injuries for us but they had the same thing, so no excuses,” he said.
“They had too much pace on the edge, more enthusiasm ... my boys will be running hard after that at Tuesday night training.”