Cubs claw way to grand final
DESPITE being without their star ruckman, the Tweed Coast Tiger Cubs under-12s put on a magnificent display against the second-placed Byron Bay Magpies in their semi-final at MacLean on Saturday.
At half time the Cubs were behind and their teamwork was missing, but a few positional changes by coach Chris Masters coupled with a fierce desire by the boys not to accept defeat turned the game around.
The clearance of the ball from the centre square and at stoppages became the mantra, and the boys re- sponded with their trademark attack on the ball.
Final score, Tweed Coast 7.8-50 to Byron Bay 5.6-36.
The best player was Luke Chaffer who took over the rucking duties to cement the best on ground award.
He was well supported by Mike Arnold, Billy Stevenson, Seth Jones, Riley Jones, Liam Reynolds and Kyle Loman.
In the forward line the club was well-served by noted goalkickers Jacob Haines and AJ Ryan.
The club will now make its third successive grand final in only its third year of competition, a record of which this fledgling club can be proud.
The boys have next week off and will play the winner of the Lismore and Byron Bay clash.
The final will be played at Bangalow
At the request of some of the players, the club has been asked to run 'Recreation football' during the summer months to improve the skills and knowledge of our great game.
Players interested can contact the club.