FUN EVENT: Robbie Williams, Ian McCulloch, Matt Spence and Matt Leonard help Marlins and Snappers launch the rugby year with a round of golf. Photo: Gemima Harvey
FUN EVENT: Robbie Williams, Ian McCulloch, Matt Spence and Matt Leonard help Marlins and Snappers launch the rugby year with a round of golf. Photo: Gemima Harvey

Rivalry put to one side on the course

ON-FIELD hostilities are yet to begin but deadly rivals Southern Cross University Marlins and Coffs Snappers decided to launch the season in a new way.

The clubs came together at Coffs Harbour Golf Club for what started out a friendly nine-hole competition but what naturally later became a session of good-natured ribbing and one-upmanship.

Matt Quirk, of Snappers, and Allan Potts, of Marlins, were looking for a unique way to launch the northern end of the Mid North Coast Rugby season and, with so many recreational golfers in both outfits, an afternoon chasing a little white ball became the natural choice of event.

"I can't see why we can't do this every year," Quirk said.

"It's a bit of fun and we can give it to each other before we get out there on the paddock."

Meanwhile, Dave Nicol returns as first grade coach of the Marlins for the 2015 with Potts and Brett Rootes as his right-hand men.

Successful reserve grade coach Shaun Rayner will stay on with the aim of taking the side deeper into this year's play-offs.

Angus Smyth will coach under-18s with a double act of Terry "Buddha" Rayner and Wayne "Tak" Taeketa providing their expertise to steer the exciting U16line-up.

In U14s, Laurie O'Shea and Aaron Missos will be in charge of grooming the new wave of mini-Marlins.



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