Pickvance signs off
MACKSVILLE will hope to send off one of its favourite sons with a win when it takes on Coffs Harbour at Allan Gillett Oval this afternoon.
Star centre David Pickvance is set to hang up his boots after the match, coinciding with the Sea Eagles' 100-year celebrations.
"The last few weeks have been good but I felt the time was right to retire from the game," Pickvance said.
"I am looking forward to spending more time with the wife and kids."
Pickvance believes a win on such a historic weekend for the club would be the perfect send-off.
"Playing our long-time rivals Coffs Harbour on the biggest weekend in the club's history is good way to go out I reckon," he said.
"For a long time Macksville and Coffs games have always been hard fought and I expect nothing less this time around.
"There should be a big crowd, which will be great for the boys."
Sea Eagles' captain-coach Troy Grace hopes his players will lift for such a big match.
"I said to the boys at training last night they should be honoured to represent the club this weekend," Grace said
"Of all the players to play for the club, we are the ones who get to run on to the field on Saturday, so they should be ready to give it everything.
"The feeling around Macksville this week has been great. Everyone is really excited."
Despite missing out on the final, Coffs Harbour will still be out to end its season on a high note.
A 68-10 win last week against Orara was one of few highlights this season for the Comets, who will be looking to make it two in a row.
Grace can't wait for kick-off.
"It'll be great to run out in front of the local fans," he said. "Macksville has had many great moments in its history and hopefully today's game can be another."