Bad timing for Bellingen: White
BELLINGEN coach Josh White is feeling deflated after his team found another way to be beaten on Saturday.
The visit to Coronation Park looked likely to be a winning one after the Magpies came flying out of the blocks and held the lead until the shadows of the post.
But a try to Nambucca Heads scored by James Livock put the host side in front for the first time and with the bell sounding soon after, the Roosters had won 26-24.
Only problem was, White claims, the second half only went for 37 minutes and his side should have had one last crack at rescuing the match.
“I’m going to take it up through the correct channels with (Group 2 chief administrator) Jim Anderson as that was ridiculous,” White said.
“Somebody obviously made a mistake.
“It could even have been the other side who missed out and there have to be rules in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
White is likely to find little sympathy from Anderson who has sent several emails to clubs – and a verbal plea at the half-yearly conference last month – reminding them to assign an official to timekeeping duties whether home or away so disputes don’t happen.
When questioned, White said his club officials were “somewhere in front” of the timekeeper.
But potential controversy aside, the coach was again pleased by another fine effort turned in by his troops.
“Gee, they all went great, much better than anyone can hope for after all they’ve been through this season,” he said.
“I can’t praise them enough and now we’re a team of blokes who want to play first grade we’re still in the running, so long as they keep believing.”
After at one stage being rumoured to be seeking a mid-year switch to the Coffs Harbour club, utility Cameron Blair had a powerhouse match in his first outing for several weeks.
“It was great to have Cammo there and I was really pleased with ‘Fenno’ (Anthony Fensom) who plays on one shoulder and never stops giving.”
Tribute was paid to the Roosters who never gave up at any stage and were duly rewarded with the two competition points through sustained effort.