Adam gives Lennox edge: Coach
MERCURIAL fullback Adam Gordon tallied 20 points as Lennox Head continued its hold over Lismore with a 25-8 Far North Coast rugby union victory at Williams Reserve, Lennox Head, on Saturday.
Playing on instinct, the regular halfback scored two long-range tries on the counter-attack that left coach Paul Jeffrey in awe.
“He really is a freakish talent,” Jeffrey said.
“He created two tries out of absolutely nothing; his unpredictability really gives us an edge.”
Fielding kicks in his own half, Gordon cut the Lismore defence to shreds as he made the coach wonder exactly where he is best suited in the team.
“He is my regular halfback but having him at the back causes opponents real trouble,” he said.
“He is one of those players that looks up and, if he sees something, he’ll just go for it.”
Lismore never threatened to steal a win – Joe Akkersdyk scored the Greens’ only try when the game was lost – but Jeffrey wasn’t raptin the performance where both sides looked rusty after a coupleof weeks off.
“It was a very frustrating game from a coaches point of view,” Jeffrey said.
“We bombed three tries basically because we were too casual.”
Harry Witt moved back into the centre of the park for the first time this year with Sam Stewart back from representative duty.
The hulking flanker and inside centre didn’t miss a beat as he slotted back into his regular role.
While the final score reads as a one-sided affair, Jeffrey said that Lismore were just as guilty of missing opportunities that could’ve made it much closer.
“They took some options that they would probably regret now,” he said.
“They looked a bit underdone after three weeks off; I’m sure they will be better for the run.”
In other FNC rugby union games on Saturday:
Wollongbar-Alstonville cemented its spot atop the ladder with a 38-8 drubbing of Graftonat Lyle Park, Alstonville.
The Pioneers jumped out of the box with a try to Kent Sharman in the opening minutes and never looked back as they piled on six tries to one.
Josh Damen grabbed a double with brother Ben also getting on the scorers list as the Pioneers ran riot against a hapless Grafton defence.
Damian Coppola stepped up from the reserve grade side to have a mammoth game at breakaway, while the only sour note for the Pioneers came with a late injuryto hooker Sharman.
The Pioneers have a date with premiers Lennox Head next Saturday but a blown-up ankle means Sharman will likely join Braidon Slattery and captain Matt Scott on the injured list.
Coach Barry Carpenter has his sights set on taking the Trojans down after being beaten in the first round, but knows the size of the task at hand.
The match shapes as a battle for top billing on the FNC ladder.
Ballina scored its first win since April 24 with a 19-0 shutoutof the Casino Bulls at Albert Park, Casino.
Flanker Liam Preston grabbed a brace of tries as the Seahorses locked down fourth spot.
Casino, meanwhile, are battling away in fifth spot with two losses on the trot after winning three of their first four including a victory over front-runners Wollongbar-Alstonville.