Coffs Harbour through to Group 2 grand final
COFFS Harbour Comets will meet South Grafton Rebels in next Sunday's Group 2 Rugby League grand final after defeating Nambucca Heads Roosters 26-22 in an extra-time thriller.
Superior fitness proved crucial for Col Speed's men who came back from a 22-6 deficit to finish equal after 80 minutes in the preliminary final at Coffs Harbour's Geoff King Motors Sports Complex.
Both sides traded multiple field goal attempts before second rower John Oakes found his way across the chalk for Comets midway through the second period of golden points extra time.
Grafton Ghosts will have the chance to defend the club's first ever Reserve Grade title it won in 2014 after putting a clinical performance to defeat crosstown rivals South Grafton Rebels in their preliminary final match.
"Defensively the boys turned up big time," Grafton coach Warwick Brown said.
"I was over the moon that we kept them scoreless. Rebels have some big players and they threw a lot at us but the line defence was magical."
Meanwhile South Grafton's title defence in Under-18s came crashing down with a 22-12 loss to a solid Sawtell Panthers outfit, who now meet Coffs Harbour in the grand final.
At McKittrick Park on Sunday, August 23
Under-18s at 11.30am: Coffs Harbour Comets v Sawtell Panthers
Reserve Grade at 1pm: Sawtell Panthers v Grafton Ghosts
First Grade at 2.30pm: South Grafton Rebels v Coffs Harbour Comets