Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dogged Trojans Claim Their Fourth Consecutive Premiership FANTASTIC FOUR

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Dogged Trojans Claim Their Fourth Consecutive Premiership FANTASTIC FOUR

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Byline: JOSH SPASARO Sports reporter

ENIGMATIC Lennox Head fullback Adam Gordon scored the winning try as the Trojans claimed their fourth consecutive premiership with a dogged 23-22 victory over Lismore City in the Coopers Far North Coast Rugby Union grand final at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Saturday.

Gordon scored the match-winner 10 minutes from full-time, which put the Trojans ahead 23-22.

However, the nuggety fullback almost went from hero to villain as he attempted an unlikely counter-attack from his own quarter which resulted in a long range penalty shot from City outside centre Matt Bermingham.

Fortunately for Gordon and Lennox, Bermingham was in the midst of a horror night with the boot only slotting one from six and he missed the potential match-winning goal. On a blustery evening which made goal- kicking difficult, this dearly cost City, which scored four tries to three.

A delighted Gordon, who also kicked two penalty goals and a conversion for a tally of 13 points, said adopting a safe and conservative game was something he never considered.

aWhen the game's there to be won, I'll always attack,a he said. aThe boys know me well enough by now.a

The Trojans took a 13-10 lead into half-time.

Their only first-half try came in the 20th minute on the back of a clever Gordon kick which found touch 15m out from the Greens' line.

The Trojans then stole the line-out before five-eighth Paul Crozier pushed away some flimsy defence to score out wide.

The Greens' inside centre, Ben Sloane, then scored a first-half double.

His second was the result of a great chase off a Stephen Hughes chip, beating Trojans winger Lachie Creagh to score in the corner with millimetres to spare. It was a difficult decision for the match officials because it was so close, but referee Steve Williamson and touch judge Al Thomas got it right. …

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