Homemade is the best for Roosters
WHEN we go to the shops we’re encouraged to buy ‘Australian Made’. Support your local businesses we’re told.
Nambucca Heads have also gone local and they’re reaping the benefits.
Undefeated after three matches and sitting proudly on top of the Group 2 table, Roosters’ coach Garren Stig said that the greatest source of pride for the club isn’t the fact that it is performing so well but the fact that it is doing so with a squad that is almost completely made up of Nambucca Heads juniors.
“Every one of them except for big James Livock is a Nambucca junior and they’re just playing for each other,” Stig said with obvious pride.
“That’s what Glenn Crow and myself set out to do when we started, get all the Nambucca juniors back because there are so many good local players out there and they’re just doing it together now.”
And the tri-colours needed to stick together on Saturday night at Coronation Park in front of a healthy local derby crowd.
Having grinded their way to 10-0 lead against Macksville at the break, the Sea Eagles bounced back with two quick tries after the resumption through Jesse McEwen and Adam Dixon to level the scores.
The turning point came when the Roosters’ pacy bench player Cameron Cohen made a scything run on the hour to almost score. Sensing there was no support for the next play Macksville’s Nigel Hookey committed a professional foul and was subsequently sin-binned by referee Nathan Grace.
Paul Donovan put the home side back in front a couple of tackles later and the Roosters were never headed from that point.
Leading 16-10 Nambucca Heads had the opportunity to stretch the lead twice when given penalties in front of the sticks but elected to go for the try instead of taking the shot for goal and two points.
“It got taken out of my hands, I would’ve taken the two,” Stig joked.
“It worked out alright though. We just move on to next week now and we’ve got the bye the week after so all is looking good.”
The contest was eventually decided right on the final bell when Garry Jarrett scored his second try of the night against his old club.