Seahorses on track for success

WITH Woolgoolga expected to figure among the main contenders for this year’s VB Gold Group 2 title, incoming coach Greg Shuttleworth saw plenty to like in Saturday’s trials against Group 3 club Camden Haven Eagles.

Club secretary Paul Dwyer delivered a strong hint the Seahorses’ title bid was shaping up nicely.

“All the new players gave the coach reason to smile,” Dwyer said.

“Woopi dominated this game but the Eagles scored a late try to avoid the duck.”

The Seahorses won the first-grade clash 28-6, with newcomer Ben Gilbert scoring twice and Tim McManus, Clark Webb and John Mitchell crossing for one try each.

Sharp-shooting halfback Ben Byrne landed four goals.

With plenty of playing resources at its disposal, Woolgoolga is going to go close to defending its reserve grade premiership title and started the year with a 30-6 win.

“The Eagles were short-handed with limited reserve players,” Dwyer said.

“Still, it was an open attacking game where we managed to lead from start to finish.”

Camden Haven brought an under-18 team loaded with players likely to figure during the representative season and won a close 16-14 tussle.

“They scored in the last minute and both sides were very enthusiastic and showed great football skills,” Hamden said.

Meanwhile, Lower Clarence (NRRRL) won’t contest the transfer of powerhouse second-rower George Jarrett who has made a last-minute decision to join Coffs Harbour Comets.

After leaving Redcliffe, Jarrett signed an agreement with the Magpies but the club has announced it won’t stand in his way when he returns to the competition where he built such a formidable reputation.

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