Orara Valley defeats Woolgoolga

IT didn’t take long for Group 2 to find its own answer to the vuvuzela that has annoyed supporters throughout the FIFA World Cup.

It appeared that during the first half, when every kid who was at Coramba Sportsground yesterday was given a set of green and gold clappers that could be heard echoing around the ground all afternoon.

Orara Valley didn’t seem to mind the sound of the “Coramba Clappers” though as they forged to a 28-8 victory over Woolgoolga to move within half a game of fifth position.

Playing against an undermanned Seahorses line-up, Orara ran in four tries in the opening 25 minutes to set up a comfortable 22-4 lead which was an advantage that they managed to hold onto for the remainder of the contest which saw each team score only one more try each each.

Perhaps the clappers played with their concentration?

Clark Webb and Paul Tomlinson were again outstanding for the Axemen but, as they recorded their second win in a row, the most pleasing aspect for coach Darryl Fisher was the fact that other players were making worthwhile contributions as well.

“I think the pressure on a few of the guys has been taken off them because everyone’s contributing and having a real effort,” Fisher said. “I just think we’re relaxing a little bit and the players are taking the pressure off themselves so they’re not so worried about losing that they’re not scared to win and they’re comfortable doing things.”

Fisher did admit that Orara played against injury-ravaged opposition and that next week’s game against the undefeated Port Macquarie will prove a sterner test of their finals credentials.

Woolgoolga coach Steve Gooley is quietly praying for a change of luck in the club’s first-aid ward but he was impressed with the team’s change of attitude yesterday.

“We had eight players out today so we had eight second graders in,” Gooley said. “I was happy with how they stepped up and the second half was only one try each which is something we talked about at half time.”

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