SEASONED: Two South Grafton High defenders attempt to shut down a Macksville High player in the recent NSW CHS North Coast final. The school turns its attention to The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge today, in which it will start favourites after the withdrawal of traditional heavyweights Maclean High. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
SEASONED: Two South Grafton High defenders attempt to shut down a Macksville High player in the recent NSW CHS North Coast final. The school turns its attention to The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge today, in which it will start favourites after the withdrawal of traditional heavyweights Maclean High. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

South Grafton avoids clash with ‘wild west’

SOUTH Grafton High has earned direct passage into the top 16 of the New South Wales Combined High Schools University Shield open rugby league knockout without kicking a ball.

The North Coast Group B champions were scheduled to tackle Western champs Dubbo Senior College today, but they forfeited from the competition in controversial circumstances.

Country Rugby League suspended six players involved in a brawl during a match between Dubbo and Orange High School at Dubbo's Caltex Park on June 26.

Dubbo has pulled out of the University Shield as a result.

Instead South Grafton will play its next round against schoolboy league powerhouse Farrer Agricultural High at McKittrick Park in Grafton on Tuesday.

South Grafton will, however, be in action in the under-14 Buckley Shield today at 10.30am at McKittrick Park against Narromine High.

Maclean High also remains in the University Shield and takes on Ballina in the North Coast Group A final on Friday.

Meanwhile, The Daily Examiner Shield rugby league finals originally scheduled for today have also been postponed until Wednesday, August 13.

The first round was played on July 25, with Maclean High and South Grafton High progressing to the finals of both the under-14s and open divisions.

With Maclean and South Grafton both surviving deep into the University Shield competition, it sets up a mouth-watering final next month.

The first rounds of The Daily Examiner Netball Challenge will be played in Grafton today.

Teams from South Grafton High, Grafton High, McAuley Catholic College and Clarence Valley Anglican School will contest the tournament. Maclean High has withdrawn from this year's competition, reportedly due to a lack of supervision staff available.

The competition comprises three age divisions - opens, Years 9/10 and Years 7/8.

The event is scheduled to start at 12.30pm, pending weather conditions.



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