Former rep star Sam McKechnie was Woolgoolga's best in today's big win over Orara Valley
Former rep star Sam McKechnie was Woolgoolga's best in today's big win over Orara Valley Rob Wright

Seahorses run up plenty on Orara

WET weather hasn't dampened Woolgoolga's rediscovered thirst for winning.

The Seahorses scored a spirited 66-8 victory over Orara Valley at the Sports Reserve today to make it back-to-back successes while it took the gloss off the Axemen's joy at toppling Bellingen last weekend.

Coach Greg Shuttleworth said he had to again keep the lid on enthusiasm.

"Once again we got a bit impatient and tried to score at every opportunity but eventually it settled down again," he said.

"If anything it was a solid performance once we got into our rhythm and there were no major problems along the way.

Orara scored two tries, both coming off kicks.

The first came on the stroke of half time which gave the side some joy for their hard work but the one from the second stanza was purely academic.

A highlight was Wil Fernando's glorious goal-kicking effort of 11 successes from as many attempts, with and without the wind, and from all points of the field in atrocious wintry conditions.

But overall top Seahorse on the day was Sam McKechnie.

"That's the best Sam has played for a couple of years and he turned back the clock to rep days," Shuttleworth said.

"We've got a big one coming up against the Comets at the weekend and need to be right on our game."

WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 66 (L Munro 3 B Seymour 2 N Monckton J Ravueta S McKechnie M Pledger M Cheeseman C Webb tries W Fernando 11 goals) bt ORARA VALLEY AXEMEN 8 (N Lihou 2 tries)

At Woolgoolga Sports Reserve, Woolgoolga

Referee: Ray Pettit

Reserve grade: Woolgoolga bt Orara Valley 26-10

Under 18s: Orara Valley bye



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