McAuley college win touch final
MCAULEY College senior boys' team were simply too good in The Daily Examiner touch final held at Yamba on Monday night.
Led superbly by player of the match Keeden Dutton, McAuley out-classed a defiant Grafton High team to claim the spoils with a nail-biting 2-1 victory.
McAuley went into the decider as underdogs after losing to the crack Grafton High side earlier in the evening, but with Dutton calling the shots they ran the Grafton boys off their feet.
Against the run of play McAuley drew first blood when Nick Fahey out-paced the cover defence to score in the corner.
Grafton were obsessed with going the short-side relying on their ‘scoopers' to catch the opposition defence napping, but came up empty thanks to McAuley's scrambling defence.
Grafton High continued to panic and were guilty of too many unforced errors. And McAuley took full advantage scoring their second touchdown not long after the break.
Grafton saved some pride in the dying minutes when Jake Frame delivered a bullet-pass for his winger to score out wide.
Maclean High School continued their dominance in the senior girls defeating Grafton High 2-0.
Two-try hero Sally Gardiner stamped her authority on the game continually asking questions of the opposition defence.
Maclean scored their opening try in the first set of six and looked like running away with the game. But to Grafton's credit they showed plenty of fighting spirit.
Gardiner also picked up the player of the final award.
With no reserves to call on South Grafton almost pulled off a miracle going down to Grafton High 5-4 in the junior boys' final.
Down 5-2 at half-time, South Grafton produced a late rally to come within one try of their opposition.
Will Drew was voted best player in the decider.
Laura Wade was a standout for South Grafton in the junior girl's final with her side defeating McAuley 2-0.