Grafton youngsters take it to the Rams
On Saturday Grafton Junior Rugby League hosted the Marist Brothers Rams at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton.
UNDER-7s: The Grafton Under-7s continued their strong performances with a five-try to four effort against a determined Lismore side.
Tries to Malcom Scott, Billy and Kiel Drew were only possible due to the strong defensive effort by the whole team.
The team's defence, led by Kiel Drew, and Zac and Sam Young, was effective in moving up early and tackling the ball carrier.
Great work by Blake Gorton, who was joined by an enthusiastic Darcy Conway, always ready to jump in and help.
UNDER-9s: Another great improvement for the Under-9 Ghosts led to a five-try to three win over a capable Rams outfit.
This team is really starting to work well together and the hard work put in at training is starting to show in the paddock.
The side is playing well as a team with good off-loading and plenty of talk on the field.
Impressive work from Josh Woods, Mason Graham and Keelan Gardoll, all scoring tries with Graham kicking two goals.
A special mention to Brody Nagle, and Jayden McLaughlin, whose defence held out three Lismore tries on the line.
UNDER-11s: Another close match went the way of the visitors in a close match in the Under-11 division.
Once again, training is paying off with the team beginning to work well together consistently.
The boys' football is beginning to mature, with the ball being spread well in attack and a solid line of defence is paying dividends.
Tries went to Willy Drew, Jay Olsen and Jarrad Day.
The referees points went to Josh Bartrim, Benny Bracken with a special mention of Tom Fallon, who tried hard all day.
Consistent wins won't be far away.
UNDER-12s: Poor handling and dropped ball early really punished the Grafton Under-12 side, who only started to switch on after a scrappy first 15 minutes.
Both sides were guilty of silly mistakes, however it was the Lismore side that began to turn it on after a poor start.
Great backing up and team support led to a number of exciting tries by the visitors.
A brief resurgence by Grafton in the second half was too little too late with Lismore running out winners 26-6.
Billy Fallon took out referees points with Nick Knott scoring and converting a smart try.
UNDER-13s: Grafton's Under-13 side is really starting to show the class that has made them premiers over the past two seasons.
The Lismore Rams started with plenty of enthusiasm, however four quick Grafton tries soon knocked the stuffing out of them.
Graftons forwards, led by Brad Winderlich were just too big and strong for a smaller Lismore side and the classy backline finishing well left Lismore spending too much time under their goal posts.
Winderlich and Jake Lennon took out referees points, with tries spread throughout the team in a dominant 40-nil display.
UNDER-16s: Grafton's Under-16s season is on the improve after a determined win over a Lismore side similarly placed on the Group One ladder.
In earlier games this year the Grafton side has failed to finish sides off, however they turned that around on Saturday, staying focussed for the whole 60 minutes and on top 30-22 at the siren.
In its best game to date this year, the side worked well together scoring six tries all over the park.
Joel Moss, Ashley Bancroft and Angus Hay all had great games, with Daniel Tuite and Jesse Bamford taking out the referees points.
nNEXT Saturday the club travels to Casino for a carnival.
A bus Has been booked so get in early with numbers to president Terry Day or secretary Patrick Swift.
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