Grafton Vikings in battle on home courts
GRAFTON Vikings and Port Macquarie Dolphins will fight out the Northern Junior League Girls Under-14 final at 8am on Sunday morning after the completion of semi-final matches at Grafton Sports Centre.
Grafton went down by three to Port in a thrilling major semi-final but rebounded to beat Coffs Harbour Suns 44-37 in the preliminary final. Coffs had earlier beaten Quirindi 44-18 in the minor semi-final.
The Northern Junior League Division One finals are being played at Grafton Sports Centre all weekend.
The Under-14 Girls major semi-final went right down to the wire.
The Dolphins produced an incredible comeback after the girls were eight points down midway through the third quarter.
Grafton's side is made up of six local players, with three imports travelling from Tamworth (two players) and the Gold Coast (one player) to play.
Coach Dan Boorman estimated the team had travelled some 2500km just for the first four rounds, but a further road trip could be on the way if they progress. The state shield will be held in Sutherland on August 16-17.
A total of 28 teams across boys and girls under-14s, 16s and 18s. have converged for the finals.