FNC rugby youngsters off to Sydney
By STEVE SPINKS
FAR North Coast Under-20 rugby union coach Adam Condon is going to work on his image.
After all, the rookie mentor is taking his young team to Aussie Stadium (formerly the Sydney Football Stadium) to contest the Northern NSW Country final.
Condon's team progressed to the Northern decider, which will be a curtain-raiser to the NSW Waratahs v South Afri- can Bulls Super 12 match on March 26, after defeating archrival Mid North Coast 27-13 at Port Macquarie on Saturday in the second round of the Northern Provincial Championship.
"I may have to buy some cheap walkie-talkies so I look the part," Condon joked yesterday.
"All the boys are pretty stoked to be playing there."
According to Condon, his side were a bit lucky to get away with the match.
He singled out captain and fullback Adam Gordon, who scored 14 points (one try, a penalty and two conversions) as Far North Coast's best.
He thought flanker Chase Magner, prop Joe Claes and winger Eric Smyth weren't far behind.
"Adam's (Gordon) organisational skills were outstanding, he hit the line at pace and covered well," Condon said.
The Dolphins will take on New England in the Northern NSW final.
"It's pretty funny," Condon said.
"We have to drive 10 hours to play a team that is based only two hours away."
Unfortunately, the Far North Coast seniors won't be joining their junior representative mates.
The open team lost to Mid North Coast 27-15 in Port Macquarie, surrendering the Observer Cup for only the fourth time since 1977.