Redmen ready to push for triple FNCRU title delight
WE DON'T want to alarm the northern teams in Far North Coast Rugby Union but there's a South Grafton-based club ready and willing to win three premierships.
Provided results fall their way, Grafton Redmen will contest the finals in three of the competition's four grades.
The "Thirsty Thirds" sealed their spot on Saturday with a remarkable 32-21 win over Ballina.
What makes it remarkable is not that in the first week of the season the Redmen didn't even have a third-grade side.
"We got a sudden influx of players once we decided we didn't have enough players to field a side," third-grade hooker Craig Howe said.
"It was like Field of Dreams - you build it and they will come."
The Redmen played their first third-grade game in the second round and the 41-0 thumping by Casino suggested it was going to be a long season.
In their second game they were beaten 62-0 by Evans River but then turned it around.
"We obviously had a slow start and were flogged a few times but we improved," Howe said. "There's a heap of younger guys in third grade, when I say young I mean in their 20s. Our depth is awesome.
"It's great for me. If there's no third grade I can't play footy."
Grafton had mixed results in Saturday's other games. The second-grade side won 26-12 while first grade lost 47-5 and the under-18s lost 24-17.
All bar first grade are on track to reach the finals.
"You can't forget seconds, they're right in with a show," Howe said.
The Redmen are fourth in second grade on 49 points, one ahead of Lennox Head.