Gray shines for unbeaten Roosters

WHEN Nambucca Heads coach Garren Stig introduced Bert Gray to the play at the minute mark against Woolgoolga yesterday, scores were level.

Within a half-hour of football the Roosters led 28-6 and had wrapped up another two points to continue their unbeaten run.

“We were a bit pedestrian until he went out there. He certainly changed the game,” Stig said. “He just got them rolling and that’s what we’ve been looking for. If we can get that into our game we’ll be right.”

Last year the Roosters got off to a flying start winning the opening three matches of the season and it set them up for a finals assault, and now the club is looking to repeat the dose in the local derby against Macksville next week.

Stig believes in the adage that two points won at the start of the season are worth just as much as those won at the end of it.

“Win early, get the wins on the board and see what happens later,” he said.

For the second week in a row Woolgoolga was left to rue too many handling errors.

The Seahorses completion rate was 70% in the first quarter but only 40% for the remaining hour. Coach Greg Shuttleworth said it was hard to win games of football when you cough up that much ball.

“We just can’t complete the way we have been,” Shuttleworth said. “We’re getting in positions to make ourselves competitive, but we just turn over the football then give away penalties and it goes from one end to the other.”

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