Group 2 mid-season review

With the Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League season eight rounds into their scheduled fourteen, what better time than for a mid-season review.

1. Coffs Harbour Comets. (7 wins-1 loss)

The defending premiers have continued last years form with seven wins in their opening eight matches to start 2019.

The Comets have firmed as premiership favourites at the midway point of the season, with their sole loss away from home to the Grafton Ghosts.

The ladder leaders have remained undefeated at home this season including wins against fellow top five sides in the Sawtell Panthers, Macksville Sea Eagles, and South Grafton Rebels.

2. Grafton Ghosts. (5-1-2 draws.)

The 2018 minor premiers have been impressive on the field in their five wins to sit second on the ladder.

Off the field has been a different story with the club losing points for player administration errors.

The Ghosts have been the only team to beat the Comets this season, and looked in devastating form in big wins against fellow top five sides the Sea Eagles and Rebels in consecutive weeks.

The Ghosts are currently on a five-game winning streak as we head for the run home to the finals.

3. Sawtell Panthers. (5-3)

The perennial finalists look like making another appearance at the business end of the season.

They have the honour of being the only team to beat the Grafton Ghosts so far this season.

The Panthers bounced back from a recent two game losing streak to have two big wins on the road against the Axemen and Magpies before the long weekend bye.

4. South Grafton Rebels (4-4)

Have been one of the form teams of the competition during the last month winning four of their last five matches, including a one-point win over fellow top four side the Sawtell Panthers.

Lost points early in the season due to fielding an unregistered player which put them on the backfoot but have responded to be a likely finals team this season.

5. Macksville Sea Eagles. (4-4)

The 2018 runners up have had an up and down start to the season, characterised by a winning streak of four games during the season and their current three game losing run.

Have shown they will be a dangerous proposition in finals time after almost toppling the reigning premiers in their most recent game.

The Sea Eagles hold wins against fellow top five sides the Sawtell Panthers and South Grafton Rebels.

6. Woolgoolga Seahorses (3-5)

The Seahorses have shown promising signs and have been competitive in their return to Group 2 after a year off in 2018.

A road win against the Sea Eagles has been a highlight while they were competitive in losses to likely finalists the Comets, Panthers and Rebels.

7. Bellingen Valley/Dorrigo Magpies (1-6-1)

The Magpies have found it tough going in their return to senior footy after a year off in 2018.

Their sole win came against the Orara Valley Axemen in Round 6.

Were competitive in matches against top five sides the Panthers (six-point loss in Round 1) and the Sea Eagles (two-point loss in Round 4).

8. Orara Valley Axemen (1-6-1)

After a finals campaign in 2018, the Axemen have regressed this season to find themselves on the bottom of the ladder halfway through 2019.

Their sole win came in Round 2 against the Woolgoolga Seahorses.

Consecutive 62-0 losses to the Ghosts and Panthers in their last two games have been part of a six-game losing streak for the Axemen.

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