Seagulls make history with third consecutive NRRRL final win
BALLINA claimed its third straight NRRRL premiership before a home crowd of about 3500 people with an emphatic 34-6 win over Murwillumbah in the grand final at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, yesterday.
Seagulls second-rower Dan Gibson was named player of the match after a big effort in defence.
He also caused the Mustangs problems down the left, where Ballina scored most of its points.
Centre Jaiden Coldwell Jacky completed his hat-trick with the final try for the Seagulls midway through the second half.
The game was then held up for 40 minutes when Murwillumbah second-rower Nick Crompton went down with a neck injury.
The Mustangs had no luck with injuries, losing fullback Michael Forrester early in the game.
When play resumed, Murwillumbah second-rower Dean Murphy tried all he could but ended up dislocating his teammate winger Jack Bishop's finger when he kicked the ball away in frustration.
That summed up the afternoon for the Mustangs, who were blown off the park by a smaller but faster Seagulls backline.
Captain Jess Perry played strongly for Ballina. He dummied and ran himself from 20 metres out to score a try in the first half to extend the lead to 14-0.
They led 14-6 at half-time with replacement Grant Cook scoring the only Murwillumbah try.
In the other games, Murwillumbah defeated Casino 18-12 in reserve grade and Kyogle clinched back-to-back Under-18 titles with a 35-12 win over the Mustangs.