Orara watch for Coffs hangover
DANGER looms for Coffs Harbour in tomorrow's first round Ken Orr Memorial Shield clash with Orara Valley at Coramba.
Coming off a narrow and sometimes brutal win over Grafton, any feeling of letdown will be exploited.
The Axemen haven't won for three weeks, but coach Kevin Neighbour was encouraged by the 30 points scored last start against unbeaten South Grafton.
"We can score tries without any worries, but struggled against the Rebels with one-on-one tackles," he said.
"My boys aren't used to defending against different styles every week and still lack belief in themselves.
"However, Coffs is a different matter and I won't be worried if it's a tough, hard match rather than one where the ball sees a lot of air.
"Hard football is something we can handle."
Orara proved that statement against the Ghosts in the opening match of the season and gave the premiers a dose of reality before better fitness won the day.
"This game is a challenge for the lads, but a good one," Neighbour added.
"I'm not asking then to set the world on fire, but would like them to go out and prove something to themselves about confidence and that they are worthy."
Interestingly, three grandsons of the late Ken Orr will be on the field tomorrow.
Alex Bunt and Jack Archibald will turn out for the Comets while Cain Bunt will be among the welcoming committee prepared by the Axemen.
GROUP 2 MATCHES
2.30pm: Orara Valley v Coffs Harbour at Coramba Sportsground (Referee: Ray Pettit
2.45pm: Sawtell v South Grafton at Rex Hardaker Oval (Referee: Nathan Grace)
2.45pm: Nambucca Heads v Macksville at Coronation Park (Referee: Craig Craigie)
2.45pm: Grafton v Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo at Frank McGuren Field (Referee: Dave Honeybrook)