STILL SMILING: South Grafton Rebels coach Dallas Waters has signalled his intention to lead in 2015. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
STILL SMILING: South Grafton Rebels coach Dallas Waters has signalled his intention to lead in 2015. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Waters has unfinished business in 2015

SOUTH Grafton Rebels coach Dallas Waters has confirmed his commitment to the club on the eve of the last-round blockbuster against Grafton Ghosts.

Waters, who led Lower Clarence Magpies to NRRRL glory in 2009, could not produce similar miracles in his first season at the helm of South Grafton.

However he was optimistic the club was building and could expect better things in 2015.

"As a whole, the club has moved forward," Waters said.

"It's been up and down in first grade but overall a successful year. We'll finish sixth, reserve grade and under-18s are both in the finals," he said.

"We had a nasty run of injuries, with nine first-graders out at one stage and losing Jay Melrose.

"That's football and I'll cop that on the chin. I've got unfinished business. It's a great club to be associated with and I'm looking forward to 2015."

Perched just one spot outside the top five, the side's finals tilt ended in the 54-44 loss to Macksville on July 6 when it gave up a 26-point lead with 15 minutes to go.

They put that performance behind them when they did finish the job last Sunday in a 72-22 rout of Bellingen Magpies.

"The boys certainly didn't need a reminder," Waters said.

"It certainly helped having a few first graders come back into the side last week and that experience shone through," he said.

Macksville will finish fifth regardless of the result against Orara Valley tomorrow.

On the contrary, Coffs Harbour and Sawtell have everything to play for.

A win over the Panthers coupled with a Rebels upset would move Comets into top spot.

Sawtell meanwhile will be vying to hang on to third and a possible replay with Coffs Harbour in the qualifying final.

A loss provides Woolgoolga an opportunity to secure third spot against Bellingen.



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