Schoolboys into rugby hall of fame

GRAFTON High School wrote themselves into the Clarence Valley's Rugby Union hall of fame yesterday, with a 44-0 thumping of Ballina High School in the North Coast final of the Country Schools Yeates Shield competition. After taking out the North Coast title for the Waratah Shield earlier this year the 2007 GHS Open Boys side now hold the sought-after North Coast double, making them the most successful rugby union team the school has ever produced. The win will also propels the side advance into the quarter-finals of the competition, which is the furthest a GHS rugby team has progressed in a knockout tournament. Coach Craig Howe described GHS' performance yesterday as a 'very mature display'. "This is the best I have seen them play, they put in a disciplined game right across the park," he said. "To be honest I expected Ballina to be tougher opponents, they played well but at no stage were they able to break through our boys they were only in our half six times during the match. "We have a really solid side that can play a strong all-round game, I have to attribute that mostly to the great work the Redmen are doing with their juniors. We have some tough matches against Inverell and St Mary's Gunnedah ahead of us which will give the boys a chance to show us their stuff."



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