North Coffs spearhead Ben Sykes makes a muddled attempt at his snap for goal against Grafton on Saturday. The 26-point loss by the Kangaroos signalled the first time Grafton has beaten North Coffs in more than 10 years of trying.
North Coffs spearhead Ben Sykes makes a muddled attempt at his snap for goal against Grafton on Saturday. The 26-point loss by the Kangaroos signalled the first time Grafton has beaten North Coffs in more than 10 years of trying. Leigh Jensen

Kangaroos' costly errors

NEW North Coffs coach Trent Cook was left lamenting his team conceding eight 50-metre penalties in the first half of the clash against Grafton.

In wet conditions, giving away valuable metres is a near unforgivable sin.

To do so eight times in a short period of time and have it cost goals when they are worth their weight in gold is inexcusable.

While critical of his team, Cook did admit that Grafton played the conditions better and deserved the 26-point win.

It is the first time the Tigers have beaten North Coffs since re-entering the AFL North Coast competition in 2001.

“Their work ethic and structure was better than ours,” Cook said.

“They pushed numbers back, which made it hard for our tall forwards, and their pressure was good.

“I’d say we had at least 60 per cent of the ball but Grafton harassed us all day.”

Tim Whalan was the standout player for the Tigers, while new recruit Evan Duryea, who moved over from Coffs Swans during summer, kicked four goals.

North Coffs stalwart Brad Giri played an assured match when others struggled to handle the greasy ball, although he was well supported by Brendan Norton and Tim Heather.



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