INTENSITY: North Coffs veteran Tim Heather has been one of the players giving an honest effort for his teammates each week. Photo: ROB WRIGHT
INTENSITY: North Coffs veteran Tim Heather has been one of the players giving an honest effort for his teammates each week. Photo: ROB WRIGHT

Saints plan to kick on against Roos

THE thing that's impressed Sawtell/Toormina coach Jim Angel the most this week has been the attitude of his players.

The Saints are expected to easily account for North Coffs this afternoon but Angel said the players are keen to hit the field for an earlier start time.

"We've had a couple of tough games in a row and I asked a few blokes if they'd like a rest but they all said they didn't," Angel explained.

"They want to kick on and I suppose they know a week off is only just around the corner when the long weekend is here.

"Everyone is keen and they're a pretty resilient bunch."

That resilience has created consistency within the playing group.

The Saints have 11 players who've taken the oval in all five matches so far this season and Angel believes having such a core is a clear advantage.

"You've got to be predictable to each other not just in how each other plays but also when it comes to the game plan as well," he said.

Sawtell/Toormina has a quartet of players returning this weekend to strengthen the line-up but the return of North Coffs captain-coach Darren Funston will be a boost for the Kangaroos.

Funston said nothing had changed for his team while he had been away.

"All that's asked of the players each week is to go out there and have a real crack," Funston said.

"We don't ask any more of the boys than that but to give anything less than a real crack is unacceptable.

"With that attitude at least we know we'll give an honest effort."



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