Grafton schools on top in DEX shield

By TIM HOWARD

GRAFTON high schools took the lion's share of the awards at the The Daily Examiner Shield touch football competition at Yamba.

In the final of the senior boys Grafton High overcame Maclean 4-1.

The final score of the junior girls was South Grafton High 2, Maclean 1.

In the junior boys final South Grafton High beat Maclean High School and South Grafton High, final score: South Grafton 5, Maclean 3.

Maclean turned the tables in the senior girls outclassing Grafton High 8-1.

Maclean High School teacher Kylie Lowe said the competi- tion was close in most divisions, with only the strong Maclean High girls open team standing out.

"In the junior girls final between Maclean and South Grafton it was 1-all at fulltime and we went into drop-off," Lowe said.

"With teams down to four players each, South High scored in the corner to win it."

The Player of the Finals awards went to Ashlee Hirst, from Maclean, in the open girls and Josh Barber, from Grafton High, in the open boys.

South Grafton High swept the junior awards with Daniel Rhodes taking the junior boys and Kaleesha Morris the junior girls.

Lowe said Maclean took both the overall girls and boys trophies.

"Getting all four teams into the finals gave us those trophies," she said.

Lowe said The Daily Examiner Shield has helped develop touch in the Clarence Valley.

"It's been going for seven years now and the improvement in standards has been incredible," she said.

"Smaller schools, like The Cathedral School, are becoming involved."

Lowe said the schools were grateful to the Yamba Touch Association for organising the tournament and all the referees who turned out to officiate.

"The Yamba Soccer Club also did a great job running the canteen."



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