Pies to look pretty
BELLINGER Valley-Dorrigo may have some important momentum on their side after recording two straight wins but Magpies coach Josh White would love for his team to look better in winning than they have been.
“I want us to win pretty, not ugly this week,” White said.
“We have a lot of new combinations at the club but we’re starting to feel each other out now.
“Once we click we should be alright.”
The Magpies face a tough road trip to Woolgoolga tomorrow
The Seahorses are desperate for a win after losing their last three on the trot but coach Steve Gooley says there have been positives to take away from each of the losses.
“The last three weeks we’ve got better every game,” Gooley said.
“We’re holding the ball better and our defence has been strong the whole time but it has just got back to our attack and completing sets of six. That will be our big goal this week.”
Woolgoolga head into tomorrow’s encounter at home without the two players who are probably their most valuable in Rob Toshack and Wade Gerhard.
Rather than let it get him down, Gooley is taking a viewpoint similar to the Japanese language where they use the same word for crisis and opportunity.
“If you look at a SWOT analysis, that’s been our opportunity and our threat,” he said.
“We’ve got a team of very young blokes who are super keen, however, that keen-ness sometimes gets a little bit out of control in terms of playing basic footy and not throwing the ball around as much.
“I don’t want to pour too much water on that enthusiasm but we’ve got to play more disciplined football from now on.”
One thing that is heavily in Woolgoolga’s favour tomorrow is motivation.
The Seahorses have long memories and haven’t forgotten about a heavy loss that Bellingen inflicted on them late last year.
“A big motivational factor for us this year is our second last game last year when we got absolutely smashed by Bellingen but I took one of the bogeys out of that and got Dion Marr to come and play with us and he’s going to be in for a terrific game on Sunday,” the Woopi coach said.
“He’s looking forward to it.”
Orara Valley, Coffs Harbour and Macleay Valley all have home games tomorrow against opponents above them on the table.