Choices close to try line prove costly for Redmen
IT IS fair to say not everything went exactly to plan for the Grafton Redmen on Saturday.
The club's third-grade team notched their first win of the season before the second-grade outfit scored an equally strong win.
But the Grafton club's hopes of their first clean sweep of the season were quashed as Byron Bay won 28-19 to continue their march to the A-grade finals.
Redmen coach Don Darke said his team had plenty of opportunity to put the match beyond doubt but were denied by a strong Byron Bay team.
"We had enough ball to win the game three times over," he said.
"It was a real edge-of-your-seat game.
"We just made way too many mistakes and took too many wrong options."
While critical of many of the options taken by the Redmen, Darke was impressed by a choice made by backs Ben Stone and Kyle Hancock.
Darke was so impressed the play that he nominated it as one of, if not the, try of the year.
"We had a brilliant length-of-the-field try where Stoney and Kyle combined," he said. "They worked their way to some space and after some great interplay between them Kyle eventually scored.
"It was easily one of the best of the year."
The try was part of a strong all-round effort from Hancock who scored all the points for Redmen and was named Players' Player.
The Redmen will look to finish the season on a high when they take on the last-placed Casino at home next week.
"We can play a hell of a lot better than we did on Saturday," Darke said.