Coffs Harbour was unable to score against a stifling Macksville defence going down 50-0
Coffs Harbour was unable to score against a stifling Macksville defence going down 50-0 Nick Houghton

Perfect send off for Pickvance

MACKSVILLE has given star centre David Pickvance the perfect send off with a comprehensive 50-0 victory against Coffs Harbour at Allan Gillet oval.

With the club celebrating its one hundredth year, the Sea Eagles put on a rousing display to give Pickvance the farewell he deserved on what was one of the biggest days in Macksville's storied history.

It would've been difficult for the home side to get off to a better start with Macksville showing its intent with a try to Pickvance in only the fourth minute.

While it anything but a full strength Comets side on the field they had no answer for a hungry and determined opposition.

Tries to Lucas Grace, Luke Cartwright and Nev Donovan saw Macksville streak to an unassailable lead only 25 minutes into the match.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors with damaging front rower Alfred Penese sent off and Macksville continuing to find the try line for a 26-0 half time lead

for success in the first half they wanted it even more after the break.

Tough defence and flawless attack had the comets looking more and more outclassed as the home side continued to race ahead on the score board.

" We came into today's game wanting to end the season on a high but it just ended in disappointment," Injured Comets half Scott Street said.

"We didn't have our strongest side available but still to lose like this is a tough way to end a season of underachievement."

With the clock winding down Pickvance gave Sea Eagles fans plenty to remember him by, scoring a try and setting up another to all but wrap up the match in front of a vocal home crowd.

"To score two tries and finish my career with a big win like this is just incredible," Pickvance said

"The boys all dug and put in a courageous performance.

"The club has plenty to celebrate at the moment and it is sure going to be a big night."

The sound of the final whistle couldn't come quick enough for Coffs ending not only a disappointing match but a disappointing season.

Saving its best performance of the season for the final day, Macksville fans have plenty to look forward to next season.

Macksville 50 (D Pickvance 2 N Donovan 2 T Doolan 2 L Grace D Jarrett L Shields L Cartwright tries D Pickvance 3 T Doolan 2 goals) bt Coffs Harbour 0

Referee: Jason Townley

At Allan Gillet Oval, Macksville.

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