Seagulls fly over Grafton
By BILL WILSON
THE Elders Ballina Seagulls firstgrade rugby league team was too strong for the Grafton Ghosts when they scored a 54-22 win at Frank McGuren Field last Sunday in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
The Seagulls started well and were in control, leading 22-6 at half-time.
With four players backing up from the previous day's representative fixtures and missing Brenton Cochrane, this was a good effort.
The Ghosts did not give up and produced some good football, but they lacked the class of the Seagulls.
Prop, Dylan Montgomery backing up from Saturday, was outstanding as the forwards laid the platform for the backs to perform.
This they did as halves, Willie Hammond and Shaun Laurie, called the shots allowing the outside backs plenty of opportunities.
Clarence Kelly took full advantage by scoring four tries, while teenage debutante hooker, Andrew Battese, also had a big game scor- ing two tries.
Other try scorers were Damien Buckley, Willo James, Djaan Jarrett and Willie Hammond, while Shaun Laurie kicked four goals, Willie Hammond, Des Anderson and Andrew Battese kicked 1 each.
The MET Grono-sponsored Ballina Seagulls reserve grade team scored a good 28-16 win over the Ghosts.
Best for the Seagulls were Mick Roberts, Ben Crawford, Mick Foster, Justin Bolt and Paul Taggett.
Try scorers for the Seagulls were Mick Roberts 2, Jamie Quinn, Jack Hodder, Ben Crawford and Dan O'Connor while Justin Bolt and Jamie Quinn each kicked a goal.
The Wallace & Co Menswearsponsored Under-18s were disappointing when beaten 18-12 by the Ghosts.
Try scorers for the Seagulls were Matt Gibson and Luke Simpson while Matt Gibson and Lachlan Crockett each kicked a goal.
On Sunday, the Seagulls host the Lower Clarence Magpies.
The gate will open at 11am with the Under-18s to kick off at noon.