Snappers coach keeps the faith
BOTH playing arenas at TJ Jung Quarries Rugby Field in Toormina will be going flat out today.
Coffs Harbour Rugby Club welcomes Tranter Cup women's matches to the ground to add to the festive atmosphere created by the visiting Kempsey Cannonballs.
Snappers have had a full week to get over the shock of the historic loss to Southern Cross University.
Coach Rob Waddy has worked hard to get minds clear for another club coming off a huge loss and looking for a sacrificial victim.
"With last weekend's game out of our thoughts, we don't know much about Kempsey other than they were also on the receiving end from Hastings Valley," he said.
"Obviously, Vikings are clearly the front-runners and the team we all have to beat.
"This week our squad is relatively unchanged, apart from Matt Spence returning.
"Stuart McVicar is still injured and we won't see him for another week.
"The guys trained hard on Tuesday and Thursday.
"So with that in mind, they should be able to put aside any demons associated with the loss to the Marlins.
"In fact it has probably kicked many of the guys across all teams across the zone into another gear."
New number eight Cameron Sweeney was impressive in patches against SCU while fresh recruits Andy Levett and Matt Schultz are still finding their way.
However, Waddy made a point of not being overly hard on his men before leaving University Oval and believes the wake-up call is the key to bouncing back.
Along with entertainment around the ground a post-match dinner will be held to welcome visiting women's teams.
11.05am: Under 16s
12:20pm: Under 18s
1.35pm: Second grade
3pm: First grade
12pm: Coffs v Currumbin
1pm: Coffs v Gatton
2pm: Gatton v Currumbin
3pm: Currumbin v Coffs
4pm: Currumbin v Gatton
5pm: Coffs v Gatton