Lots of love for new nines comp
VALENTINE'S Day in 2015 will see rugby league teams from all over NSW playing nine-a-side footy at Geoff King Motors Park.
The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast Nines will be hosted by Coffs Harbour Comets with two extra players on the field, compared to the seven-a-side format used at the first staging earlier this year.
Club president Steve Gooley said the switch was prompted by the popular event run in New Zealand earlier this year.
"I liked the format of the Auckland Nines and suggested we also make the change," he said.
"Clubs that attended last time enjoyed the format and coaches told me they use it as a means to get players to training in the weeks before and to get them registered for the season.
"Players have to be registered with a CRL team to be eligible to play."
Macksville and Woolgoolga played in both the open and under-18 finals with the hosting Comets causing something of a surprise by being eliminated in the preliminary round robin.
The first event saw Port Macquarie Sharks (Group 3) and Armidale (Group 4) make the trip to play and both outfits indicated they would be back.
"With no NRL teams coming to play in Coffs again in 2015, we wanted to continue the comp," Gooley added.
Official club training is in recess until Tuesday, January 20, and the Coffs Coast Nines will be the first sporting event at the venue for the year.
Trials will be held with Orara Valley (March 14) and Ballina (March 28).
An 'away' trial will be held in Murwillumbah on March 21.