Buccs break duck
By TONY WHITE
IT was a long time coming but the Yamba Buccaneers first grade team have finally broken through for their first win of the season.
Amid delirious delight from home town supporters the Buccaneers played swashbuckling rugby to defeat Alstonville-Wollongbar 25-12 at Yamba Oval on Saturday.
"They blew them out of the water early," coach Richard Almond said.
?After the first grade win the victorious team elected to stay on the field and sing the club's song much to the delight of fans.
"Normally they come back to the sheds to sing the song but they stayed on the field in front of the team's supporters," Almond said.
"There were well-wishers galore. People were coming from everywhere to congratulate the boys.?
"These wins (third grade won the curtain raiser against the Grafton Redmen thirds) have really lifted the spirit in the club. There is a great feeling in the club and around town (Yamba).
"People are coming up in the street and talking about the team and rugby. Older blokes at the club can't remember the last time the club has won two senior games at Yamba on the same day."
The Buccaneers return to first grade this season after a 13-year absence was filled with expectations.
Despite some stirring performances in the first seven rounds of the Far North Coast rugby Union first grade competition, the Buccaneers, until Saturday, had remained winless.
Last week the team drew 17-all with Ballina.
However, Almond and the team never gave up hope of success.
"Until today (Saturday) mentally it wasn't quite there, but they played professionally all day," Almond said.
"I think they've turned the corner and while they have to lift another notch next week against Grafton Redmen in the local derby, they know now they are capable of winning."