Roosters win it at the death
IT WAS their biggest test of the season but Nambucca Heads has shown why they are the premier team in Group 2 with a 26-24 win against Macleay Valley at Coronation Park.
Despite leading 16-0 at halftime the Roosters rarely touched the ball in the second half as the Mustangs roared home taking an 18-16 lead with only 10 minutes left on the clock.
However the class of Nambucca heads shone through scoring twice courtesy of Grant Coleman and Aaron Clarke to keep its winning streak alive.
"Macleay played tough and really had us on the ropes," Roosters coach Garren Stig said.
"We got off to a great start to be ahead 16-0 however the Mustangs just kept coming back and took advantage of some unpolished footy from my boys to go 18-16 ahead near the end.
"From that point the players realised what had to be done and played some mistake free footy which helped us get the points."
While Macleay Valley goes home without any competition points they have still done enough to leave a lasting impression on Stig and the rest of the Group 2 competition.
"Macleay were incredible today and it took some of our best footy to get past them," he said.
"It was probably the best game of Group 2 footy I have witnessed in three years.
"Macleay are coming home with a wet sail and I wouldn't be surprised if we meet them again in the finals."
The win takes Nambucca's winning streak to twelve straight and all but ensures them a home final.
Stig believes the tough match will steel his team for finals footy.
"It was a good experience for the boys to play in such a high quality match as you need to win these games come finals time.
"Our attitude is good and we have some blokes playing their best footy so everything is coming along nicely."
NAMBUCCA HEADS ROOSTERS 26 (C Carr 2 A Clarke 2 G Coleman tries M Ronan 4 goals.) bt MACLEAY VALLEY MUSTANGS 24 (M Webster 2 J Taylor C Lardner tries A Cowan 4 goals.)
Referee: Nathan Grace
At Coronation Park, Nambucca Heads
Reserves: Macleay Valley bt Nambucca Heads 66-36
Under-18's: Nambucca Heads bt Macleay Valley 30-20