Roosters win in style
IT wasn’t the fact Nambucca Heads downed Sawtell 24-4 at Coronation Park yesterday that was interesting, it was the way the home side went about it.
Nil-all half-time scorelines are extremely rare but that’s what it was on this occasion as the Roosters went gangbusters in defence to counter the mountain of possession claimed by the visiting Panthers.
“When I got them into the shed at the break, I had a feeling we were on to something here,” winning coach Garren Stig said.
“There was a real confident feeling in the air and what we needed to do was be first to score when we got back out there.
“Once that happened, the boys got their tails up and suddenly we were back to where we were when the season started with the winning run.”
Stig admitted he and the team went to dark places when the brilliant opening spell dried up and the campaign almost went off the rails.
“What happened was it was so long since a Nambucca side was a winning force and they didn’t know how to handle it,” he revealed.
“Once we ran into trouble I had to do anything I could to get them back and convince them to keep plugging away.
“The lowest ebb came after we lost to Orara ... everybody was shattered.
“And when the win came last week against Macleay, I knew we were back on track, even though we only fell across the line. But I felt improvement would happen fairly quickly.
“Still, I didn’t expect it to come like that against a side as good as Sawtell.”
Last week it was nine Sawtell first graders with a watching brief, this week 14 players with top-level experience were forced into the casualty station.
“I’m just glad it’s them and not us going through the injury woes at the moment,” Stig admitted.
“Eventually they’ll pull out of the slump, they’re too good a side not to.”
Weekend upsets now make next week’s local derby against Macksville a thrilling prospect.
Due to the Bowraville Cup race meeting, the round will be played on Saturday at Allen Gillett Oval from 12.30pm.
“Suddenly we’re back on track and the boys again know the feeling of winning,” Stig added.
“Getting the two points is absolutely vital for both sides.”