Redmen players after the loss to Ballina in the FNCRugby competition on Saturday.
Redmen players after the loss to Ballina in the FNCRugby competition on Saturday.

Not quite the result, but the club can be proud



Perhaps not quite the results that were hoped for or expected, but nevertheless the Redmen can be proud of their achievements at Saturday's grand finals at Lismore.

It's always important to have your club colours on show on grand final day, and to do so in the top two games is a sign that the club is right up there as a force.

No matter how hard defeat may be, in my view it is far better than not having been there at all.

The whole occasion, including the build up in the preceding week, is an experience that players will always remember and it can only be positive.

The fact that both games were still up for grabs in the shadows of fulltime just shows that a bit of luck, something extra or whatever, is all it takes.

That is to take nothing away from Ballina who played an exceptional game in the first grade encounter and they fully deserve their title.

Nevertheless, all Redmen supporters can be very proud of the players' achievements, especially when you consider that first grade came from last in the previous season.

Grafton is now a legitimate force, although they will need to regroup and build up in the off season to maintain that position in.

nFROM the Club's point of view, the whole occasion noteworthy by the tremendous support we received from followers, sponsors and the wider community, all who really got behind the team.

The only disappointing aspect was the venue, great for corporate functions and the like, but atmosphereless to the point that the whole day just lacked something.

I must admit that I prefer the typical suburban ground.

nWITH the playing over, the Redmen season is really winding down except for a couple important functions.

The presentation night is on this Friday at the Grafton Golf Club, from 7pm. Tickets are available at the Jacaranda Hotel at $25, but depending on sales, there may be some at the door.

nTHE AGM has been set for Tuesday, October 18 at the Clubhouse, at 7pm.

nA QUICK note on a couple of former and current Redmen.

Kristy Frogley last week won the Herald Award for the best player ion the Sydney Women's competition. She first played womens rugby with the Grafton Redbacks in the late 1990s.

And junior, Cody Hearfield in currently playing in Europe eith the NSW side.



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