Around the clubs - Lower Clarence
Sunday, the first round of the competition, was kicked off in a big way for our club with the Terry Randall Memorial Trophy up for grabs.
It was a great day for rugby league with a big crowd and perfect weather.
The main game against my old teammates was always going to be a tough one with myself, Chris Brophy and Mick Harris previously playing for the Ghosts.
There was plenty up for grabs with the Terry Randall Trophy, the most important first two competition points and the bragging rights against our old teammates.
The game was played hard and fast, but Grafton showed they wanted to win and played the game how we should have played it with mistake-free football and enthusiasm in defence.
We are a new side and the guys are still getting together. My boys have confidence in each other and will bounce back.
Best players for us were workhorses Terry Power and Chris Brophy up front and for the backs halfback Jason Wilkinson and fullback Luke Many never stopped trying.
Thanks to all the Maclean supporters for getting behind us and the players hope to see you all again when we take on the South Grafton Rebels this Saturday down in South Grafton. Un- der-18s kick off at 3pm.
The Under-18s kicked off the day with a hard fought win.
The boys getting off to a great start and going into the halftime break with a good lead, only to let Grafton back into the game with a couple of costly errors in the second half.
Nevertheless, the boys held off the fightback with some great defence and came away with a 28-26 win.
Aaron Taylor showed great in- dividual brilliance throughout the game and workaholic secondrower Ryan Binge never stopped in attack and defence to get the Terry Randall Player of the Match.
Reserve grade came away with a gutsy 22-16 win with local juniors Liam Jones and Ben McDonald both getting their first crack at the senior level.
Both stood tall and grabbed a try each to contribute to the side's win.
Terry Randall Man of the Match was hooker Ben Gillespie.