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Men’s CPL – Round 2 Preview

While eight of the 12 Coastal Premier League teams had the opportunity to blow out some opening-round cobwebs, Macleay Valley, Kempsey Saints, Coffs United and Northern Storm all had to cool their heels.
All 12 clubs will have the opportunity to be in the one place at the one time with this weekend’s CPL Super Round at Coffs Harbour.
Macleay Valley coach Jason Coleman probably spoke for everyone when he described their weekend activities.
“We spent a bit of time together at the club doing raffles, but I tell you I’m sick of the bloody rainy weather,” he said.
“It’s disappointing not to have the game last weekend because you don’t like to be doing catch-up games all the time, but the boys are keen and ready to hit the pitch.
“Things didn’t work out for us last weekend.”
The Rangers coach said he didn’t pay too much attention to last week’s results other than a quick browse at the end of the weekend.
“I looked at the results, but I’m more focused on what we’re doing to be quite honest to make sure we hit the ground running and hopefully come away with a good result.”
Coleman, however, admitted he was looking forward to the round two Super Round which will see all 12 clubs in action at the Coffs Football Centre synthetics after it was moved from the C.ex Coffs International Stadium due to a forecast of more rain.
“It’s a very good concept. Hopefully it all goes to plan and I think it’s good to have all the teams in the one area and hopefully they spread it out amongst the valley to be quite honest,” he said.
Coffs City United also had to cool their heels after their clash with Kempsey Saints was washed out and rescheduled.
It allowed coach Glen Williams one final weekend to properly enjoy his spare time before the season kicked off although he said it wasn’t an ideal lead-in to round two.
“You don’t want to start the season a game behind due to the fact that the games are going to bank up,” he said.
But working in the Lions favour are all matches have been shifted to the synthetic fields this weekend.
“We like the fact that you can spread your wings there,” Williams said.
“I would have loved to have gone into this weekend with a CPL game under our belt, but we’ve had four Australia Cup games so it’s been like a pre-season for us.
“We’re certainly not underdone, but we probably wouldn’t be at our best if we’d had a good hitout against Saints last weekend, but that’s how it is.”

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