Tigers break drought
'ABOUT time' were the first words Grafton coach Leith Basset uttered when expressing his relief about his Tigers' charges recording their win of the season.
But it wasn't all plain sailing for Grafton, as early on Nambucca Valley jumped out of the gates quickly, and the Lions' fans who made the trek north, could sense a possible upset.
Sometimes an end of quarter break can be momentum's worst enemy, and the quarter time break seemed to prove decisive in halting the Lions early efforts.
The second term saw Grafton slam on seven goals to one, to have the home side leading by 25 points.
From then on, Grafton gradually pulled away before recording a 55-point victory.
Best on ground was Tigers stalwart Mark Blundell. His six goals and general ball getting ability around the oval proved to be a match winning difference for his team.
Basset couldn't heap enough praise on Blundell.
"He just turns it on, no matter what ground we're at," he said.
"He decides where he's going to play, puts in a big effort every week, and he's a hard man to match up on."
The Lions once again were gallant in defeat.
Nambucca Valley could probably point to a couple of key players who were missing from the line-up, and put up an argument that if they were available the result might have been different.
The new club has made no secret that it is building up for the young players to graduate into the team in three to four years time.
The performance of young centreman Luke Benson proved that there are a couple of players at the club who have already shown that they're capable now of making the transition from Under-18s to senior football.