WINNERS AND GRINNERS: Victorious A Grade outfits come together to celebrate after another successful Yamba Prawn Bowl.
WINNERS AND GRINNERS: Victorious A Grade outfits come together to celebrate after another successful Yamba Prawn Bowl. Contributed

Yamba Prawn Bowl the winner

BASKETBALL: It did not take long on the first day of the 8th Annual Yamba Prawn Bowl for different divisions to start sorting the heads from the tails.

With a touch more than 20 teams participating across the two-day carnival at Raymond Laurie Sports Centre there was action aplenty for spectators.

In the B Grade women's semi-finals Grafton under-18s played Yamba Trawlers in a fantastic game. Emma Marcus and Sarah Daley led the Yamba Trawlers to a couple of great wins throughout the tournament but it was Grafton's Hannah Tait, Jade and Kyra who stole the show in the sudden death knockout stage.

Grafton pulled off a shock upset over the hosts, taking the win 27-19 leading their team to play Trumpets in the grand final. Trumpets went on to win over Grafton in a great game 47-24.

In the B Grade Men's grand final Rusty Trombones played Shot, Shot Block Sick in an intense game.

Shot, Shot Block Sick took the win, utilising the pace in their squad breaking the Trombones down through consecutive breakaway points in what was a close game, finishing up 54-41.

In the A grade men's grand final, Byron Bay played Clarence in a tight game. Jessie Coates split his eye open in the first half and did not return to the game, which affected Clarence's game.

Lane Delaforce got several great baskets keeping Clarence in the game. In the dying moments Byron Bay proved to be too good, taking the win 57-27 over Clarence.

In the A Grade women's grand final Bee Natural played Even if We Lose We Booze in what proved to be a fantastic game!

Both teams boxed out well and played great defence, ensuring the game was a low scoring affair.

It was great to see Annie La Fleur back on the courts leading Even if We Lose We Booze to victory in a close game 27-18.

Prawn Bowl organisers thanked all the referees that put in their time over the weekend, the carnival would not run without the support of its volunteers. Also thanks were passed on to Jo Morgan and Andy Lothian, who help organise the Yamba Prawn Bowl every year.

The Raymond Laurie Sports Centre would like to thank all teams involved in the carnival, it was a great success.



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