Seagulls fall to a narrow loss
THE Elders Ballina Seagulls first grade rugby league team was narrowly beaten 28-24 by the Grafton Rhinos at Kingsford Smith Park last Sunday in round 16 of the Retravision Northern League 2008 premiership.
A patched-up Seagulls outfit, with three players backing up from a full reserve grade game, started well and took an early 12-0 lead.
The Seagulls continued to play well and were leading 18-10 at half time.
After the break, the Rhinos began to fight back and play went from one end of the field to the other. With time running out, the scores were locked at 24-all and a promising Seagulls movement broke down five metres out from the Rhinos line.
That was the break the Rhinos needed as they again swept downfield to score the match-winning try with two minutes left.
Best for the Seagulls were Matt Connor, Mick Brown, Chris Colman, Rob Miles and Ben Crawford. Try scorers for the Seagulls were Simon Perkins, Joe O'Connor, Ben Crawford and Mick Brown, while Rob Miles kicked four goals.
The MET Grono-sponsored Ballina Seagulls reserve grade team was also narrowly beaten 22-20 by the Rhinos.
The Seagulls had the better of the first half and took a 14-10 lead into the sheds. After the break the Rhinos fought back and the match became a real arm-wrestle, with the Rhinos hanging on for a narrow win.
Best for the Seagulls were Justin Bolt, Simon Perkins and Paul Taggett. Try scorers for the Seagulls were Shane O'Connor, Mark Cribb, Simon Perkins and Dwain Dawes, while Justin Bolt kicked two goals.
The Wallace & Co-sponsored Under-18s also lost 12-4 to the Rhinos in a shortened game. The Rhinos were leading 12-4 just before half-time when Seagulls player Matt Bouboulas suffered a badly broken leg. When play resumed, there were only eight minutes on the clock and the Seagulls could not get back into the game.
Best for the Seagulls were Bud Anderson, Jason Clarke and Dean Wager. Try scorer for the Seagulls was Damien Sironen.
This weekend the Seagulls travel to Maclean Showground to take on the Lower Clarence Magpies. This match will be on Saturday with the Under-18s to kick off at 1pm.
A supporters' bus will leave the club at 10.30am.