Three league teams chasing two berths
TEXTING between friendly rivals will hit a new high tomorrow as information is exchanged on rugby league matches at Coffs Harbour and South Grafton.
Today's clash between Nambucca Heads and Orara Valley has little influence on the top five, but with one point separating Sawtell, South Grafton and Macksville, outcomes will be hugely influential.
As far as the Sea Eagles are concerned, a loss is almost certainly the end, and while the club has a long and impressive record of upsetting Coffs Harbour at the most inconvenient time, it's hard to predict a win this time with so much Comets' pride at stake.
On the other hand, the result from McKittrick Park won't kill the prospects of either team, but the winner will emerge as hot favourite to host the first elimination semi-final.
While competition points are the main attraction, there's another battle going on with unprecedented interest in the club championship.
The Comets and Panthers are leading the charge and which club collects the most wins each week will decide the prize, but with Grafton currently third and still within striking distance, a wet sail finish is still a possibility.
The Ghosts have the bye, which should deliver the first grade minor premiership and all the benefits that go with that achievement, and fingers will be crossed the qualification search goes off without a hitch.
Coffs Harbour v Macksville
South Grafton v Sawtell
Nambucca Heads v Orara Valley (today)
Sea Eagles 13