Clarence Valley's Saturday sport roundup
A CASE of mixed fortunes greeted Grafton's two first grade teams in action today.
Grafton Ghosts kept their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League season alive with a 22-6 win over Byron Bay Red Devils.
The Ghosts held a 6-0 lead at the break, before Aaron Hartmann turned back the clock in a winding, evasive run to score from a scrum in the 56th minute.
Ghosts five-eighth Jake Lennon's conversion made it 14-0, giving the Ghosts breathing space and extinguishing Byron Bay's hope of causing an upset.
The Ghosts will face the loser of tomorrow's major semi final between Ballina Seagulls and Murwillumbah Mustangs next week.
The reserve grade Ghosts won through to the preliminary final with a 20-14 win over Casino Cougars, while the under-18s crashed to Mullumbimby Giants 26-14.
Grafton Tigers fate was the complete opposite in their AFL North Coast preliminary final against Port Macquarie Magpies.
The Magpies came out of the blocks like a team possessed, opening a 23 point buffer by the end of the first term.
The second quarter saw Port Macquarie deliver the first death blow, slotting seven goals to hold a 13.5.83 - 4.4.28 lead.
Grafton tried to fight back over the rest of the match couldn't close the buffer, as Port ran out 27.7.169 - 9.10.64 winners.
Grab Monday's The Daily Examiner for the full story.
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