South Sydney Rabbitohs five eighth Cody Walker had a flying visit to the Clarence Valley in May where he was King of the Kids during a meet and greet at Wherret Park.
South Sydney Rabbitohs five eighth Cody Walker had a flying visit to the Clarence Valley in May where he was King of the Kids during a meet and greet at Wherret Park. Debrah Novak MEDIA VIDEO & CREAT

DEX SPORT IN REVIEW: May's tears and triumphs

LOLLBACK HANDFUL SETS UP GHOSTS' CENTURY

RUGBY LEAGUE: It was the Mitch Lollback show at Frank McGuren Field as Grafton Ghosts drove the sword into the heart of the Macksville Sea Eagles.

Thoughts of reviewing the mercy rule were made when Lollback scored a five-try fiesta as Grafton cracked the century on their home ground running out 108-0 victors.

Makeshift goal-kicker Todd Cameron added to his season haul, scoring two tries and banging home 13 from 17 goals.

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BRUISED COTTEN RAISES BELT HIGH

BOXING: As he struggled to keep his left eye open and with blood dripping from his nose, South Grafton boxer Zac Cotten raised his arms to the heavens in triumph.

The amateur fighter emerged victorious from a bloody three-round war against Nambucca Heads' pugilist Jay Melrose, clinching the North Coast Light Heavyweight title belt in the process.

Cotten fought doggedly in the bout to claim a split decision victory as Australian boxing Hall of Famer Tony Mundine watched from the crowd.

SULLOHERN, WALL BEST ON HOME COURSE

TRIATHLON: After a blistering run section which eclipsed her nearest rival by almost 20 minutes, Celia Sullohern has clinched her maiden Ultimate Triathlon crown while fellow Yamba athlete Lindsey Wall made it back-to-back feature wins on home soil.

In what was her maiden attempt at the extended distance - 1.9km swim, 90km ride and 21.1km run - Sullohern quickly became the talk of the Triathlon Festival after she made up for a troublesome swim leg with her effort in the final leg.

Sullohern dominated with the run split of the day at 80.32 minutes across the 21km leg.

Sullohern went on to win her first long course triathlon of her career in a time of 4.48.21.

Wall took out the Ultimate male honours in a time of 4.11.58.

GOANNA PULLED FROM WOOLI SCHEDULE

GOANNA PULLING: An increase in costs and a lack of people to run the event caused the annual Wooli Goanna Pulling Championship to be postponed indefinitely in April.

The championships and family fun day, traditionally held on the October long weekend, first came under threat at the Wooli Sports Club AGM where only five members were present.

A campaign by the community of Wooli and a resurgence in volunteers quickly saw the club's fortunes turn around and the event was revived for late 2017.

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CLARK IMPRESSES AT JUNIOR STATE TITLES

TENPIN: Every time Grafton teenager Kiara Clark steps up to the bowling lane, she turns heads. That's because the 16-year-old New South Wales representative is one of only two female tenpin bowlers in the country who does it with two hands.

There was no better time for her action to be on show than during the TBA Australian Junior Championships in May when Clark won a bronze medal as part of the NSW Female team before clinching an overall silver in the 2017 Presidents Junior Interstate Shield.

Clark also clinched a top 10 finish in the Classic Cup singles event before narrowly missing out on the semi-final of the Australian Junior Masters feature event.

NORTH COAST RIVERS OF MAROON AND GOLD

RUGBY LEAGUE: The final City Country Origin clash was a historic moment for rugby league in the Northern Rivers with the entire country backline emerging from the region.

Former Grafton Ghosts flyer Anthony Don took up one wing, while Ballina's Brian Kelly stood on the opposite side.

Country captain Mitch Aubusson switched to the centres on game day and is also a former Seagull, as was halfback Tyrone Roberts.

Country Origin pivot Cody Walker was a former Casino Cougar, while both Cheyse Blair and Michael Gordon hail from border towns Tweed Heads and Bilambil.

WALKER CALLED UP FOR NATIONAL DUTIES

RUGBY UNION: Cody Walker has a simple dream, one he has worked his entire childhood to achieve, and one he is now a giant leap closer to reaching.

The former Yamba Buccaneers junior is aiming to become the first indigenous prop to play for the Australian Wallabies, and after earning selection in the Australian under-20s squad to compete at the 2017 World Rugby U20s Championship in Georgia in May his dream appeared closer than ever.

VAN DE PLOEG BLITZES CYCLE RACE

CYCLING: For the fourth time in seven years, the Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic race record was broken. But it wasn't just broken by 2017 champion Neil Van Der Ploeg, it was obliterated.

The Isowhey Sports Swiss Wellness rider finished the gruelling 228km journey in a record-breaking 5:46.26, stripping a further 12 minutes off the record time set by teammate Patrick Lane in 2016.

But it was not an easy win for the 29-year-old Victorian as a group of five riders sprinted to the finish line at Inverell.

EMOTIONS OVERFLOW AS GRAFTON MASTERS WIN STATE TITLE

HOCKEY: After six games of end-to-end hockey, all it came down to was heart for the Grafton 1 team as they clinched the Hockey NSW Masters state title on home soil.

With tears welling in his eyes, a proud captain Michael Russ lifted his head to the heavens after the final siren blew with Grafton narrowly edging out champions Bathurst 2-1 in an emotional final.

It was a special moment for the Grafton side, which played in the memory of late mate Neville Lollback, who passed away just hours before the match.

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VIKINGS HOLD STRONG TO WIN SEASON

BASKETBALL: With the memories of last year's crushing two-point loss in the Sunshine Conference final nestled firmly in the back of their minds, Grafton Vikings were not about to let lightning strike them twice at Grafton Sports Centre.

Defying a much-improved Ballina Breakers outfit - who almost shocked the home side when they jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first five minutes - Grafton fought back in the second half to convincingly clinch the crown 78-57 in front of a raucous crowd.

Emergent junior Jack Boorman lifted the roof off his home stadium as he notched back-to-back three pointers in the third quarter, cementing Grafton's lead and his Conference final MVP award with 21 points.

READ MORE>> Sixteen-year-old guard earns all-conference selection

RABBITOHS PUTS SMILES ON THE KID'S DIALS

RUGBY LEAGUE: Football training was the last thing on the minds of hundreds of the Clarence Valley's brightest junior league stars who swarmed Wherrett Park to get a chance to meet their NRL heroes.

For South Sydney Rabbitohs star Cody Walker, it was a return to his old stomping ground as a Clarence Coast Magpies junior, and this time he brought teammate and NRL star rookie Angus Crichton along for the journey.

The pair signed everything from footballs to phone covers and limbs as a mob of smiling youngsters hung off their every word, and when it was time for a game of muck-a-round football no kid was missing out - even the adult kids.



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