Form Woolgoolga front-rower Matt Cheeseman was grounded by referee James Maggio and sent off after a punch-up.
Form Woolgoolga front-rower Matt Cheeseman was grounded by referee James Maggio and sent off after a punch-up.

Two off in Woopi romp over Eagles

WOOLGOOLGA went on a 62-16 scoring spree against Macksville during a sometimes rowdy afternoon of football at the Sports Reserve.

Referee James Maggio was kept busy with a string of disciplinary matters which first saw Matt Cheeseman of the Seahorses and Grant Collison and Brad Southan of the Sea Eagles given time to cool their heels in the sin bin.

During the second half, Cheeseman and the other Collison brother, Jimmy, decided to hold their own private donnybrook and were given a permanent spell on the sidelines by Mr Maggio.

With a 26-0 lead held by Woolgoolga at half time there was no way even the 'comeback kings' could manage an escape from this one.

Macksville captain-coach Troy Grace said he felt something wasn't right in the warm-up.

"It was pretty flat and I reckon the big win last week over the Sharks had something to do with it," he said.

"We were still on the high and couldn't come down to start all over again.

"You get that sometimes and when the game began slipping away fairly early, we tried too hard to get back on track and that's when things really started to go pear-shape."

Grace said the home side was hungrier and possibly had something to prove after a couple of weeks of hot and cold form.

"No risk they deserved to flog us but some of our execution made them look good," he said.

"I know we are a far better side than that.

"There's still time up our sleeves to get back on track."

Woopi'ss brilliant centre Joe Ravueta turned on another powerhouse display and crossed for a hat trick of tries while Wil Fernando's radar-like boot was successful with nine goals from 11 attempts.

WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 62 (J Ravueta 3 L Munro M Grayson N Monckton J Skeen G Stevens M Curnow W Fernando B Seymour tries W Fernando 9 goals) bt MACKSVILLE SEA EAGLES (M Tyerman D Pickvance L Buchanan tries N Donovan 2 goals)

At Woolgoolga Sports Reserve, Woolgoolga

Referee: James Maggio

Reserve grade: Woolgoolga bt Macksville 34-16

Under 18s: Macksville bye

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