Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Locals Look Strong but Watch Those Sharks

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Locals Look Strong but Watch Those Sharks

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Byline: GREG WHITE

FORGET what the calendar tells you, each year there are only two seasons - footy season and waiting for next footy season.

This weekend the change of seasons takes place and 2010 is a Group 2 season that has both sports writers at the Coffs Coast Advocate drooling over what might be.

When discussing the possible five at the end of the season both scribes can make solid cases for eight of the nine teams making it (sorry, Macleay Valley).

This should make for one of the most even competitions in many years.

In Greg White's annual pre-season call-of-the card it's easy to see that he believes a lot of finals football will be played locally.

While Brad Greenshields hopes that Whitey is correct as it means less travel is required to cover matches, he never discounts the chances of Port Macquarie.

It's been far too long since the Sharks last missed out on playing in the semis.

Fijian frenzy

TWO reasons that the Sharks can't be discounted is the return of their Fijian connection.

Five-eighth Hamilton Hughes and centre Nac Kini Kini both played in Port Macquarie's last premiership in 2006 and the pair are expected to return to the line-up some time in the next couple of weeks.

What goes on tour...?

WE guarantee players fortunate enough this weekend to get the tap on the shoulder for Group selection will look back fondly in their old age on the experience.

Forget ancient myths about the drudgery of rep tours as coaches Denham and Leaney have hand-crafted a unique adventure and we expect the sides drawn to play our boys in Inverell will need counselling after we're done with them.

Don't call me Adam

NEW Bellingen prop Adam Wallace would prefer it if you didn't refer to him by his proper name.

Wallace may have only been in town for little more than a month but already everyone is calling him by his now famous nickname 'Shovel-head'.

Anyone of Wallace's size isn't going to get any arguments from us.

Jumped the gun

LAST year's premature decision not to continue with under-18s before the main game may come back to haunt.

At face value the talent cupboard is near-empty with the NRL clubs stripping it bare over the past three years and the kids who should have been getting extra experience with the big boys in 2009 are going to be one winter behind in their development. …

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