FNC win country championship title

THE Far North Coast has claimed its first NSW Country Rugby Union colts’ championship after a 17-15 victory over New England on Sunday.

The Far North Coast, which only qualified for the final after a last-gasp 21-20 triumph against Mid North Coast on Saturday, clinched the win in the dying moments of the thrilling encounter in Lismore.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Hunter was crowned 2011 NSW Country Rugby Union Champions following a 46-20 victory over Central North in the Caldwell Cup final.

The win has seen the zone claim the Caldwell Cup for a record fourth consecutive time to eclipse the previous record they shared with the ACT, Central Coast and Central North.

Newcastle Hunter were well on the way to victory when they skipped away to a 17-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes of the match, which saw Central North having to dig deep to stem the flow of points.

Every time Central North put points on the scoreboard Newcastle Hunter immediately struck back, and it became a matter of the Kookaburras having to play catch up football.

The second half saw Central North run with the wind, and they used it well to mount pressure which saw them at one time close the gap to 34-20 midway through the half. Two long-range tries by Newcastle Hunter put the result beyond doubt, and they eventually ran out winners 46-20.

In the other finals played at Oakes Oval, Illawarra wore down a depleted Western Plains 40-10 to claim the Richardson Shield, Central West staged a second-half recovery to win the Colts Championship 27-20 over Illawarra.

At the conclusion of the championships the Players of the Series were named, with Lachlan Brown (Central North) and Mitch Evers (Central West) claiming the awards for 2011.

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