BIG CLASH: Dion Marr runs the ball when the Panthers last met Coffs in the 2014 preliminary final. Leigh Jensen
BIG CLASH: Dion Marr runs the ball when the Panthers last met Coffs in the 2014 preliminary final. Leigh Jensen

Spencer backs youth and fitness

COACH Steven Spencer will challenge his young troops to lay everything on the line when Sawtell receives a visit from Coffs Harbour tomorrow.

The game should pack Rex Hardaker Oval like never before with the Panthers keen to break a run of two losses against the old rivals.

"Injuries are keeping some of the senior blokes out of the team which has left the kids without experienced leadership in the matches we lost," Spencer said.

"The kids have done a sound job but not an extraordinary job.

"But this is different; these are the Comets and we have to really put it out there."

Spencer will be out of action for another two weeks but mercurial Lachie Miller will be back against his former club.

Often brilliant and occasionally erratic within one set of tackles, the exceptionally talented Miller has had a frustrating run of injuries but is one of a handful of players who can totally dominate and totally change the complexion of a match on his own.

"Coffs are a much bigger side than we are and while we'll come up with a winning game plan, one thing will be pretty simple," Spencer said.

"So long as we stay patient and don't do anything rash, I believe we can get them late in each half and especially at the back end of the game when their big blokes are tiring and we're still fit and ready to give it that last shot."

Tomorrow's other big meeting is Rebels and Ghosts to decide premiership favouritism.

Round seven

Today

Nambucca Heads v Orara Valley

3pm Coronation Park

Referee: Lloyd Linwood

Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo v Macksville

3.45pm Bellingen Park

Referee: Dave Honeybrook

Tomorrow

Sawtell v Coffs Harbour

2.45pm Rex Hardaker Oval

Referee: Nathan Grace

Grafton v South Grafton

2.45pm Frank McGuren Field

Referee: Ray Pettit



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