FOUND A WAY: Coffs Harbour came from the brink of elimination to defeat Nambucca Heads in the Group 2 preliminary final at Geoff King Motors Oval. PHOTO: EMILY BURLEY
FOUND A WAY: Coffs Harbour came from the brink of elimination to defeat Nambucca Heads in the Group 2 preliminary final at Geoff King Motors Oval. PHOTO: EMILY BURLEY

Comets claw back to Group 2 grand final

COFFS Harbour Comets coach Col Speed held nothing back as he watched his side claw its way into next week's Group 2 Rugby League grand final.

The Comets secured a nail-biting golden point victory over Nambucca Heads Roosters at Geoff King Motors Oval.

The Comets trailed 22-6 with just 25 minutes of regular time remaining but the determined home side dug deep to lay on three tries to be level at 22-all after 80 minutes.

Desperation took hold during a torrid 15 minutes of extra time before a try to Coffs Harbour's John Oakes finally ended the match.

"It was pretty animated," Speed said afterwards.

"A bit of feeling came into it too, which is something I think we've lacked."

The final try gave the Comets plenty to celebrate but for the Roosters it marked the heartbreaking end to their season.

"We've come a long way," Roosters coach Peter Barrett said.

"The boys have been playing well together in the last six weeks and we've come from nowhere to get to here.

"It's disappointing but to give the Comets credit they came back from 22-6 and thinking they had no hope."

This Sunday the Comets go head-to-head with South Grafton Rebels for the Group 2 premiership at McKittrick Park, South Grafton. Speed said he wasn't too concerned about the 54-4 thumping the Rebels gave his side in last week's major semi-final at the same venue.

"We take a leaf out of last year," he said. "We went up there and the Ghosts were red hot, beating every side 90-20 or 90-nil, and we lost by two points in extra time.

"It's a completely different story on the day."



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