Kangaroos get early jump
NORTH Coffs signalled on Saturday they again will be hard to beat this season with an emphatic 101-point thrashing over Grafton at Ellem Oval.
After a close first quarter, the Kangaroos kicked away with aid of a slight breeze leading into half-time and after that were never headed.
Impressively the load was well shared among the travelling Kangaroos. Dean and Darren Funston were in the action in the centre while in defence Levi Sands and Trent Cook provided strong drive from half-back as Matt Gleeson played his negating role well.
In saying this, Grafton were disappointing in their first hit-out for the season.
Despite the best efforts of Daniel Zacek in a defensive role the Tigers lacked run and carry as their skill set was well covered by last year’s grand finalists.
Up forward Brendan Norton was clean on the small field kicking five goals and Ryan Turner showed a lot of promise for a new player chiming in with three of his own.
The only worry for the Kangaroos will be the injury toll with Jason Mayer (hamstring), Trent Freebody (arm) and Jack Campbell (collarbone) all in doubt for next week’s grand final replay with Sawtell.
Goals – N.Coffs: B.Norton 5, J.Mayer 3, Darren Funston 3, Dean Funston 3, R.Turner 3, G.Jarman 2, M.Crispe, T.Heather, Z.Kelsey. Graf: L.Hayman, D.Beaver, G.Blackwell, R.Gillett, D.Cameron, R.Newman.
Best – N.Coffs: Dean Funston, G.Jarman, B.Norton, L.Sands, T.Cook, Darren Funston. Graf: D.Zacek, J.Meade, P.O’Malley, D.Beaver.
Reserve grade: Grafton 20.7 (127) def North Coffs 9.10 (64).