Redmen seal premiership
The Grafton Redmen capped off a great year on Saturday, monstering the Casino Bulls 26-14 in the grand final of the Far North Coast Rugby competition at Oakes Oval.
A record and highly vocal crowd of 2500 were on hand to watch the big men from the big river steamroll their opponents to capture a 19-6 first half lead.
Although Casino played valiantly the Redmen dominated the set pieces, rolled their maul with precision and sliced apart out wide. Had they not dropped the ball with the line open a number of times the score could easily have blown out even further.
Dywayne Corrigan tried to keep the Bulls in with a show by slotting two penalty goals in the second half, and a late try by Clint Lavelle provided hope for the Casino team. However, Grafton hit straight back, and when Graftons No. 9 Brett Graham tore them apart out wide and then chipped over the line for Aaron Taylor to score, the match was sealed.
Zone president Maurie Ryan was over the moon about the turn up and the quality of rugby on display.
It was the culmination of a great season, he said. We have seen some great rugby during the year, the semi final teams were not finalised until the last round and big crowds were on hand at all finals. The junior grand finals held at Lismore Rugby Grounds on Friday night drew a massive crowd. It was a fitting way to end a very successful year, for both juniors and seniors.