1st round match of North Coast Football at Wherrett Park sports fields between the Maclean Bobcats and Coffs Coast Tigers. Pictured during the match for the Bobcats is Nick Potente. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
1st round match of North Coast Football at Wherrett Park sports fields between the Maclean Bobcats and Coffs Coast Tigers. Pictured during the match for the Bobcats is Nick Potente. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Bobcats in show of spirit

THE Maclean Bobcats may have been comfortably defeated on the scoreboard by Northern Storm Thunder at Korora yesterday, but coach Guiseppe Terranova was proud of his team's effort.

The Thunder downed the Bobcats 4-1, shooting to a three-goal lead after just 20 minutes.

Coming off a 5-0 thumping at the hands of the Urunga Raiders the week before, the Bobcats could have been forgiven for hanging their heads. But this week has been all about "restoring pride in the jersey" for the Maclean coach, and he was happy with the way the team fought on.

"It's very hard to come back when you are three nil down after 20 minutes but the boys really fought back and it was a good effort the way we finished the match," Terranova said. "We even had a couple more opportunities which could have brought us back to a draw."

Sole scorer Sam Finlayson gave the Bobcats a lift and they will hope to carry that momentum into their home game against Orara on Saturday.

"We will wait and see how everyone recovers from the match," Terranova said.

"Jarrad Doyle came off with a calf injury today so we'll see how he pulls up before we make any changes.

"The main thing was that I asked the boys for that effort and pride in the club and they stepped up and showed it."