Seahorses put on a top show

STILL missing eight players from its best line-up, Woolgoolga’s second-string team put on a show in front of its home crowd yesterday to win 49-22 and consign Macleay Valley to the bottom of the Group 2 table.

The Seahorses clearly weren’t at their best but it was a performance good enough to ride roughshod in the second half over the hapless Mustangs.

“It wasn’t pretty, it was hard work but it was still a good win,” Seahorses coach Steve Gooley said.

“We had players coming into the team today who really stood up, including an under-18s player who played a full game early then played a full game again in first grade.”

Riding on the back of every hard yard earned by prop Adam Clarke, the Woolgoolga backline was able to quickly slip into gear with fullback Scott Street and teenage winger Michael Curnow grabbing two tries apiece.

“Adam Clarke would have made at least 300 metres for us today and he was clearly the player’s player,” a proud coach said.

The goalkicking of Ben Byrne was another highlight for the victors as the utility converted all eight tries and also managed to slot a field goal when the score was 36-22.

Macleay Valley started positively enough but a lack of manpower and fitness told in the end.

Cecil Lardner has been its form player of the past month, alternating between five-eighth and hooker. He was again conspicuous yesterday but lamentably for Mustangs’ captain-coach Adam McMurray, there were few others who contributed to the cause.

Gooley believed there was still plenty of life left in Woolgoolga’s season and said his team can still make the finals with the likes of inspirational playmaker Rob Toshack, Wade Gerhard, Matt Grayson, Sam Sinclair and Blake Seymour set to return in the not-too-distant future. “We didn’t get any injuries today and we’ll get one or two back every week for the next month now,” he said.

That is ominous news for Sawtell who face the resurgent Woolgoolga at Rex Hardaker Oval next week.

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