Comets centre Abel Lefaoseu takes on the Panthers defence before a bumper crowd at Geoff King Motors Park.
Comets centre Abel Lefaoseu takes on the Panthers defence before a bumper crowd at Geoff King Motors Park. Rob Wright

Clinical Comets wrap up minor season with win over Panthers

A CLOSE to perfect first half was all Coffs Harbour needed to set up the 40-10 win over Sawtell and send confidence soaring for the start of the Group 2 semi final series beginning next weekend.

The Comets ran to a 28-0 lead by half time and apart from winning coach Colin Speed, head Panther Brandon Costin was generous in his praise of the premiers as they draw closer to defending their title.

"They came off the blocks so fast in the first 10 minutes and it was game over," Costin said.

"Their attitude was A-1 and our heads dropped.

"They played way too fast for us."

Speed was also pleased with the effort and didn't seem to mind (too much) when the side relaxed late in the game.

"We had a goal in the build-up to be clinical in execution and as perfect as possible with the completion rate," he said.

"I want these blokes to be in control of their own destiny and I think we not only achieved that at the beginning to get us on the right path but went on with it later."

In Saturday's second game, Macksville completed semi final preparations by downing Orara Valley 52-12.

The day was marked by the deep sorrow spreading through the wider rugby league community caused by the sudden passing of the Sea Eagles' former champion forward, Brian Cockbain, at the young age of 52.

Brian was a member of multiple premiership-winning teams and has been acknowledged among the fairest and most gentlemanly players of the modern era.