Casino players and supporters celebrate the 21-20 win against Murwillumbah in the NRRRL reserve grade grand final.
Casino players and supporters celebrate the 21-20 win against Murwillumbah in the NRRRL reserve grade grand final. Deb Milgate

Towns in celebration mode after premiership wins

BALLINA, Casino and Kyogle were still rocking yesterday as the clubs celebrated winning premierships in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.

Ballina won back-to-back premierships for the first time in club history after a 17-6 win against Byron Bay at Kingsford Smith Park on Sunday.

Earlier, Casino pulled off a memorable 21-20 win against Murwillumbah in reserve grade.

Harold Torrens kicked the winning field goal towards the end of the second half in golden point extra-time.

The Byron Bay team stand together as the national anthem is played before the first grade grand final against Ballina.
The Byron Bay team stand together as the national anthem is played before the first grade grand final against Ballina. Deb Milgate

"It's a field goal Harold and the club will never forget," Casino president Stuart George said.

"We were always confident the boys could win it if they played to their potential.

"They never gave up and everyone is so proud of them."

Casino second-rower Damien Benn was easily the best on field for Cougars.

It was similar scenes in under-18s when Kyogle halfback Jacob Skinner kicked the winning field goal against Murwillumbah.

He got the kick away right at the beginning of golden point extra-time.

CHAMPIONS: Kyogle under-18s awarded the trophy after winning the NRRRL grand final against Murwillumbah.
CHAMPIONS: Kyogle under-18s awarded the trophy after winning the NRRRL grand final against Murwillumbah.

"It was awesome, we're all really happy," club president Simon Tough said.

"The boys deserved it and there is no better feeling than to win a grand final like that.

"It was just a great game of footy and we stuck to our guns.

"We really need to thank our supporters; we had two bus loads and lot of others who made the trip."

Tough named fullback Nathan Farragher, lock Angus Key and Trent Darragh who came off the bench as their best.


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