Tigers beaten in grand final
By LEITH BASSET
THE Grafton Tigers Under-18 side travelled to Coffs Harbour in an attempt to win the North Coast grand final against a very good side in the Nambucca Lions.
Unfortunately they were unsuccessful in this bid, going down 8.10 (58) to 1.4 (10).
The first quarter was a tight affair with the Tigers getting the perfect start to the game, kicking a goal in the first two minutes of the game.
It was important to get off to a good start as they had the wind at their backs, however, the Lions fought hard and kept the Tigers to one goal, and levelled the score at quarter time, one goal one each.
The Lions took control in the second quarter, constantly bombarding the Grafton backline.
Although the Tigers fought bravely, the Lions were able to open up a handy break, keeping the tigers scoreless for the quarter and kicking three goals four for the quarter and taking that lead into half-time.
The Tigers needed to post a big score in the third quarter, and defend strongly, to give themselves a chance.
They were successful in keeping the Lions scoreless for the quarter but were unable to make any significant inroads into the Lions' lead, and were only able to kick two behinds for the quarter.
The Lions were looking good at this stage, and finished the game in style.
They managed to keep the Tigers to one behind for the quarter and doubled their score in the process, kicking four goals five for the quarter.
The scoreline did not reflect the intensity of the game, but it must be said that the Lions were the better team on the day.
The Tigers were able to walk off the ground with their heads held high, as they never stopped trying all day and did themselves proud.
Everyone who watched the game was entertained by the great display of football put on by both teams, and were very proud of the boys.