REDMEN?S BLACK DAY
THE Grafton Redmen were billed as the Clarence Valley's last hope for regional premiership honours in winter sport.
The Redmen, however, have to be content with runners-up honours, following losses in first and reserve grades on Saturday in Lismore in the grand finals of the Far North Coast rugby union competition.
The Redmen were the Valley's only club remaining with a shot at glory but after it went down to Ballina in both first and second grade grand finals, it will be a long summer of soul-searching for teams in all football codes.
In the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition, the South Grafton Rebels, Grafton Ghosts and Lower Clarence Magpies had seasons in which they never reached their full potential.
The Maclean Bobcats in the Far North Coast Premier League and the Grafton-based teams in the Holiday Coast Football Association competition also found the going tough.
The Grafton Vikings seniors had a forgettable season in State League basketball, while the Grafton Tigers senior side finished last in the North Coast AFL league.
But with the Redmen and the Grafton Tigers Under-18 AFL side both making grand finals, there was a chance something could be salvaged from the season.