Coffs eases past Woolgoolga

COFFS Harbour is now sitting a game outside the top five after easing past Woolgoolga 36-18 yesterday but nobody at the club is talking about finals.

“The moment the game was finished all the players wanted to talk about was Orara Valley next week,” Coffs Harbour coach Warren Gilkinson said.

“Nobody is talking about the end of the year and that’s the way I want it. I say to them at training that there’s no point talking about the end of the year if you’re not going to be there, so let’s just concentrate on next week.”

The players are clearly listening to Gilkinson’s instructions if yesterday’s win is any indication.

The dropped ball in their own half that plagued the Comets in the first month of the season was all but a forgotten relic yesterday as front rowers Caleb Taylor and Josh Fox laid a platform for Troy Robinson to take advantage of.

Woolgoolga coach Steve Gooley wishes his team would listen to his instructions.

Gooley readily accepts that he has an inexperienced line-up at his disposal but he believes that if his instructions were adhered to then the Seahorses wouldn’t be languishing at the foot of the table.

“We followed the game plan for the first 20 minutes and we were leading 6-0 and dominating,” Gooley said. “After that we didn’t follow the game plan and started doing things off the cuff and then Ben Byrne throws an intercept pass that Troy Robinson nearly took all the way.”

While Gooley bemoaned the pass that was thrown he said Robinson’s run and pass to Ricky McGrady to score was a greater indication of his team’s attitude.

“For someone like Robinson to run that far showed our attitude to chasing as he’s not that quick and was struggling by about the half way line and McGrady isn’t that quick either,” he said.

Coffs can now look forward to the task of trying to defend the Ken Orr Memorial Shield next week. A task they haven’t had for a dozen years.

With Andrew Miller, Karl Younger and Nathan Sherlock returning from representative duties things are starting to look up for Coffs Harbour.

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