ON THE UP: Nambucca coach Peter Barrett now feels his Roosters have enough self belief to go top three. Photo: Debrah Novak
ON THE UP: Nambucca coach Peter Barrett now feels his Roosters have enough self belief to go top three. Photo: Debrah Novak

Heads dare to dream of top-three finish

LET'S face it.

Before the season began very few gave comeback club Nambucca Heads any chance of making an impact on Group 2.

What a difference 12 rounds has made with the Roosters powering towards the play-offs after a string of outstanding wins and wily coach Peter Barrett daring to hope for a second chance top three finish.

Tomorrow will be a tough test with a home match at Coronation Park and a visit by South Grafton who look to have emerged from a mini-slump.

"First of all we must win our last two games and cross fingers a couple of other results go our way, especially those involving Macksville and Grafton Ghosts," Barrett said.

"Even a few weeks ago it was still touch and go if we could make the semis but the wins over Coffs and the Sea Eagles nobody expected we could manage changed all that.

"In particular, the win (against Macksville) last Sunday was another turning point in our season and part of the learning experience.

"The boys found that if they knuckle down in the hard stuff and keep lifting, the results will happen.

"Macksville hit us with everything and it's hard to hold your line when Aaron Wood and Daine Laurie keep coming out you time after time.

"Instead we threw plenty back with James Livock especially having a strong game with big run after big run.

"We didn't sit back and wait for something to happen and while we fell away a bit when Matt Field was injured, there was enough lift in the squad to carry us home."

Apart from the domestic round, interstate rugby league will be played today at Geoff King Motors Oval when the former Origin curtain-raiser is played between Queensland Rangers and NSW Ron Massey Cup rep squads.

Interest will focus on former Grafton Ghosts premiership player Mitch Lollback who was a late call-up to the Queensland wing.

Lollback broke the Group 2 try-scoring record in 2013 before heading to the Sunshine State to link up with Wynnum Manly Redland City.

The game starts at 2pm.

GROUP 2 - ROUND 13
Last night
Sawtell d Orara Valley 74-18
Sunday
2.30pm: Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo v Coffs Harbour at Bellingen Park (Referee: Garry Stevenson)
2.45pm: Grafton v Macksville at Frank McGuren Field (Referee: Ray Pettit)
2.45pm: Nambucca Heads v South Grafton at Coronation Park (Referee: Nathan Grace)
Today
2pm: NSW Ron Massey Cup v Queensland Rangers at Geoff King Motors Oval



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