Tough job to tip a Sunday winner
NO HYPE necessary.
Use all the buzzwords and glowing terms imaginable but there's no better inducement to be at Geoff King Motors Oval tomorrow than to mention the Comets and Ghosts will be in session.
Since Grafton entered Group 2 in 2012 there has never been a dud match in a tangle with Coffs Harbour.
In fact, the lads have on occasions let exuberance overflow - think of last year's grand final - and if any match deserves a packed house it's this battle to see which outfit will progress to the major semi-final meeting with the Rebels.
Comets' boss Colin Speed was spotted with a smile on his dial after downing Sawtell, perhaps because he prefers his teams to be put under pressure and have the acid test applied until they eventually rise to the occasion.
He would have a bigger grin after discovering Ryan Farrell's comeback with the Ghosts has been short-lived with the master playmaker's arm in a sling after the draw with South Grafton.
Not because his former pupil is injured but simply because that's one more potential hindrance to a winning Sunday out of the way.
Meanwhile the South Grafton Rebels, who were visibly tiring in the latter stages having led by 18 points at one stage, earned a week off as minor premiers.
However, the frown will be back if Coffs are slow starters and allow their opponents to run up points early.
After having to come from so far back last start, Grafton are unlikely to make the same mistake twice.
The feeling from Coffs Harbour's camp all week has been total confidence in a successful outcome.
All today's winners progress to another eliminator next Saturday while Sunday winners head to McKittrick Park the following week for a shot at a grand final berth.
Group 2 management will leave no stone unturned to ensure total safety for patrons during the play-off series.
Security has been increased and ground managers have been instructed to show zero tolerance.
MAJOR QUALIFYING SEMI FINAL
At Geoff King Motors Park, Coffs Harbour on Sunday
First: Coffs Harbour v Grafton at 2.30pm (Referee: Nathan Grace)
Reserve: Grafton v South Grafton at 12.45 (Referee Dave Honeybrook)
Under-18: Sawtell v South Grafton at 11.30am (Referee Lenny Duroux)