Orara sharpen blades for Coffs
THERE'S no Ken Orr Memorial Shield on the line when Coffs Harbour take on Orara Valley tomorrow, but the prize to the winner is just as valuable.
The side emerging on top will take another step towards hosting the season decider, providing it can win the next assignment in Grafton the following week.
The Axemen will be keyed up by presenting their biggest match in a long time and have a visiting Comets team that is certainly under pressure for the way it's been finishing off in recent weeks.
Unless coach Brandon Costin has been able to find the secret to keeping the momentum going for the full duration, the team's near flawless early match performances will count for very little.
One piece of off-field news to possibly inspire good execution is new club stalwarts Lorna and Max Dawes have been nominated for Country Rugby League Community awards.
The pair are club life members and have performed more than 40 years of service in various volunteer and administrative roles since their sons began playing.
Together they have held every administrative role imaginable and continue to co-ordinate social functions and annual fundraisers which provide a significant income stream.
Judging will take place in Sydney next Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sawtell and Macksville face off today in the elimination semi-final.
It's the same venue where six days back the Panthers recorded a narrow four-point win over the Sea Eagles and deserve to start slight favourites. Both first grade matches are scheduled to kick off at 2.30pm.