Last weekend’s loss ended their finals hopes, but Grafton aren’t going to lie down.
Last weekend’s loss ended their finals hopes, but Grafton aren’t going to lie down. Debrah Novak

Redmen's pride on the line

THEIR finals hopes all but evaporated, Grafton’s rugby Redmen travel to Ballina in four grades tomorrow with one goal – honour.

A lack of experienced playing personnel has cruelled any chance of Grafton making a play at the pointy end of the season.

Nevertheless, the opportunity to take competition points off Ballina at Ballina, while always a tough task, should be sufficient motivation to ensure a good showing from the men in red and white.

Some of Grafton’s form last week was just about as good as any that they have shown in the past couple of seasons and showed that perseverence with this young, developing side is starting to show signs of reaping long term rewards.

At times they had the strong Lismore outfit at sixes and sevens through a combination of direct running and having the confidence to attack out wide in a positive manner.

Unfortunately, as so often is the way with an inexperienced side, a couple of mistakes cost dearly and Lismore, with the benefit of composure and vision from a couple of key players, took full advantage.

For Grafton, they need to take the positives out of that game and keep going on the same tack, and the result will take care of itself.

Ballina sit in fourth position and while their form has been solid all year, they are no way unbeatable and Grafton, while legitimate underdogs, must warrant some money as an each way value.

Grafton’s under-19s will need to have their mind on the job as they will face a younger but developing Ballina side that showed plenty of promise in their clash earlier in the season.

The Redmen Colts sit comfortably in second spot but will need to guard against complacency as this is a tight competition and Ballina at home will present a stronger challenge than perhaps their fourth placing on the competition table suggests.




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