Panthers, Seahorses thriller
FOR only the third match of the season, they don’t come much better than Sawtell’s 40-24 win against Woolgoolga at the Sports Reserve yesterday with even kangaroos invading the pitch for a closer look.
The Panthers and Seahorses turned on a thriller with stabs of glorious attacking football and semi-style defensive hits which took a torrid toll.
Referee Ray Pettit sin-binned two from each side, while young Sawtell centre Nick McRae was carted off to hospital with a suspected broken jaw and co-coach Rohan Loudon’s immediate future is unclear after being pole-axed.
“That was good but we’re still two or three weeks off our best,” winning co-coach Ryan Prevett said ominously.
The lead changed seven times but the visitors turned the match when an unmarked Dean McLaughlin scooted across and from that moment, growing fatigue made it mission impossible for the Seahorses.
“That was a fine effort under the conditions and I’m fairly sure both sides will be there at the end of season,” Woopi coach Steve Gooley commented.
“But the story was we made three bad disciplinary mistakes in the second half and they scored off it three times.
“We wanted it to be physical and I know a few of the boys on each side will be glad tomorrow is a holiday to recover.”