Orara revival is under way
ORARA Valley coach Will Lockwood is fairly circumspect about the fuss made when his name was first announced in association with the Axemen.
Being the first man to deliver a premiership title to Kempsey in 50 years - as he did with Macleay Valley Mustangs in 2012 - brings not only enormous prestige but plenty of interest whether or not he can do the deed with another club.
"Well, you know me and how I don't take much notice of what is said , so long as we are happy with the situation," Lockwood said modestly.
"I believe it's more about my players and how they perform, rather than what I tell them.
"I'm just a guide and they do the work."
Lockwood doesn't intend to rush back as a player, preferring to train with the side until he feels he's fit enough to compete again at a later stage in the season.
"The boys can go the job well enough and there are plenty of leaders out there," he said.
"Actually, I'm still finding out about some of the Orara kids and getting to know them all so I guess it's still a learning curve for all of us.
"However, I'm really pleased by the progress of Cain Bunt in the front row.
"He's still only 18-years-old but has got great skills and is tough as they come.
"Blokes like him will get plenty of opportunity."
While Lockwood admits coming away from Grafton with points is quite a task, he views all away games as tough, no matter the standing on the table of the opponent.
"If we can win every game at home it's a big bonus.
"Add in the away wins and we're on the right path."
Meanwhile, East Coast Dolphins play the second round of the AAMI Country Championships today at Verge Street Stadium in Kempsey.
The opponent is Newcastle with the Under-16s starting at noon, followed by Under-18's at 1.20pm.
Nambucca Heads v South Grafton - 2.45pm at Coronation Park (Referee: Nathan Grace)
Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo v Coffs Harbour - 6.30pm at Bellingen Park (Referee: Lenny Duroux)
Woolgoolga v Macksville - 2.45pm at Woolgoolga Sports Reserve (Referee: Nathan Grace)
Grafton v Orara Valley - 2.30pm Frank McGuren Field (Referee: Dave Honeybrook)