Blazing Young Guns
THE inaugural Sultans Of The Sand beach football event was held at Yamba on Sunday, and taken out by the Maclean Young Guns in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
The Maclean Young Guns were unable to separate themselves from grand final opponents Yamba Yellow, with the sides locked at 3-3 after regular time.
But the youthful side, captained by MacKenzie Allen, managed to hold its nerve under shoot-out pressure to come away 3-1 winners in the tie-breaker.
"We had six teams enter and it was a great start to a competition we hope will grow over the next few years,'' organiser Harry Rosnell said.
"The weather was a big worry on the Saturday, but fortunately Sunday was a ripper and a great day of soccer was enjoyed by all.
"A special thanks must go to our two referees David Lorenzo and Annelise Rosnell, who did an excellent job.''
The event was originally scheduled for Saturday but was adjourned due to bad weather
Fortunately, the organisers' decision to move the event proved a winner, with Sunday producing super sunny, perfect conditions and warm water.
Among the six teams were three from Yamba, two from Maclean and one from Grafton.
It was run alongside Yamba's Surfing the Coldstream festival.
Maclean Young Guns were made up of Mackenzie Allen (capt), Ryley Allen, Reece Amos, Luke Hanlon, Jack Cannon, Jacob Langford and Kirby Lloyd.