Too late for Coffs Comets to show
HAVING scored more than 100 points in the last two weeks, Coffs Harbour captain-coach Aaron Dyett spent some moments after yesterday's emphatic 58-28 win over Bellingen dwelling on 10 minutes of football that cost his team their season.
A fortnight ago the Comets were leading Macksville with only 10 minutes remaining but allowed the Sea Eagles to snatch victory. If Coffs Harbour had hung on to the lead that day, they would have finished in fifth position and be preparing for a semi-final instead of Sawtell.
But nothing can change the past and for the second year in a row, Coffs Harbour have finished an agonising half a game outside the top five.
“Going on today's performance, that's the real double sided sword,” Dyett said.
“We've proven again that we're a Jekyll and Hyde team capable of playing that sort of football.
“It was good though to finish on a high.”
From the outset yesterday, Coffs Harbour looked the likely winner.
Halfback Scott Street crossed the tryline in only the second minute and the Comets looked like they had turned up to play while Bellingen were playing like a team going through the motions rather than fighting for a semi final berth.
With more intensity the Comets raced out to a 34-12 lead before half time and never looked like losing.
Bellingen coach Troy Robinson sat on the sidelines due to an ankle injury along with prop Jude Erskine.
As disappointed as he was with his team's failure to go down swinging, he admitted that had the Magpies won they would've struggled to field a competitive unit if a playoff was required on Tuesday night.
“Our game plan really wasn't there today,” he said. “Too often we deviated from it and it cost us.”
The reactions of the two clubs were intriguing though. The was a sense that the winning team would be the most disappointed through the night and Robinson basically confirmed it.
“With nine wins for the season we really stepped over the barrel coming from no wins last year,” he said.
“We've built something at the club.”