Winning? season for the Buccaneers despite finishing bottom of the table

DESPITE finishing on the bottom of the table, Yamba coach Richard Almond has hailed the Buccaneers' first season in first grade a success.

The Buccs have recorded one win and a draw this season and will be on the hunt for their second victory when they take on Southern Cross University at Yamba Oval today.

"It (the points) doesn't look great on paper, but considering the level we've had to go to it's been a fantastic season," Almond said.

"Some of our players were worried we weren't going to be competitive this season but I think we've shown that we're not far away."

Yamba have had little luck, having had victories snatched away in the last 10 minutes in five games.

They are hoping that won't happen this afternoon against the Gold Rats, who must win with a bonus point to keep their semi-final hopes alive.

"We'll be trying to do the right thing by Grafton and knock Uni off," Almond said.

"We want to go out on a winning note and by getting a Clarence team into the semi-finals."

The Buccaneers are also holding a sponsors day at the ground today.

The entertainment for the sponsors of the Buccaneers kicks off with the third grade match, beginning at 1.15pm.

There will be a game of Under10s rugby following the thirds and first grade kicks off at 3.15pm.

The clubhouse will open from 1pm and there will be a Calcutta beginning at 2pm.

YAMBA: 1 B Rich, 2 A Hall, 3 A Edwards, 4 S Riley, 5 B Hennessy, 6 L Turner, 7 P Hope, 8 P Day, 9 B Ralston, 10 L Everett, 11 T Allard, 12 R Imeson, 13 M Lee, 14 B Hunt, 15 A Miller. Coach: Richard Almond.

SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY: 1 D Richards, 2 B Ringland, 3 S Moore, 4 B Brooke, 5 H Vanderglas, 6 P Murphy, 7 C Magner, 8 D Doyle, 9 M Anderson, 10 M Flanagan, 11 P Butterfield, 12 B White, 13 D Thom, 14 J Juscszak, 15 P McMahon. Coach: Matt Want.

Pioneers bow out

WOLLONGBAR-Alstonville will play their last game of the 2005 season today against Casino at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.

To say it's been a disappointing year for the Pioneers is an understatement. On paper they have a strong side that can compete with anyone on their day.

Unfortunately, their days have been few and far between.

Second-rower Matt Ireland is unavailable this weekend with the Brisbane-based Roman Lakomy pencilled in as his replacement.

Meanwhile, Casino coach Mick Russell has shifted livewire flanker Jarrad Cameron to hooker after three front-rowers have succumbed to injury in recent weeks.

Cameron, coming back from injury, will pack down with Paul Batson and Terry Llewellyn up front.

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