Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ballina Battered, Bruised; Relentless Pioneers Finish the Competition Rounds Undefeated

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ballina Battered, Bruised; Relentless Pioneers Finish the Competition Rounds Undefeated

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Byline: MITCHELL CRAIG Sports Editor

SCOREBOARD

Wollongbar-Alstonville 41(Sam Kerry, Matthew Wright, Jack Downie, Bill Johnston, Vinnie Leatigaga, James Vidler tries, Sam Kerry 4 conversions, penalty goal) d Ballina 10 (Tupou Lutua try, Grant Knight conversion, penalty goal). Half-time: 22-3.

Byron Bay 57 (Jascha Saeck 3, Harvey Bell 2, James Oakley 2, Jack Elborn, Will Aisake tries, Brandon Lewsey 6 conversions) d Southern Cross University 5 (Ed Kelly try). Half-time: 33-0.

Lennox Head 47 (Dan Boardman 2, Harry Witt, Lachlan Crawford, Sam Fitzgerald, Rowan Morgan, Curtis Miles tries, Connor Winchester 6 conversions) d Casino 19 (Blake Birmingham, Ben Collison, Suilo Stavenow tries, Adrian Biviano 2 conversions). Half-time: 26-12.

Bangalow 31 (Otty Fifita 2, Jono Roel 2, Matt Morgan tries, Facundo Abad 2, Ben Farrow conversions) d Lismore 22 (Mitchell Krause 3, Chris Clark tries, Cody Johnston convers-ion). Half-time: Bangalow 12-10.

Bye: Grafton.

Final pointscore: Wollongbar-Alstonville 78, Byron Bay 63, Ballina 61, Lennox Head 47, Bangalow 40, Grafton 30, Lismore 16, Casino 16, Southern Cross University 5.

Reserve grade: Grafton 26 d Murwillumbah 27, Ballina 31 d Wollongbar-Alstonville 12, Bangalow 33 d Lismore 0, Lennox Head 22 d Casino 21, Evans River 26 d Yamba 15.

President's Cup: Mullumbimby 33 d Lismore 0, Wollongbar-Alstonville 33 d Grafton 0, Kyogle 33 d Ballina 0.

BALLINA will have to regroup for its semi-final after some horrific injuries in a 41-10 loss to Wollongbar-Alstonville in the final round of Far North Coast rugby union.

Captain Andrew Burke suffered a badly broken nose and was forced out of the game while halfback Luke Watling broke his leg in the early exchanges at Lyle Park, Wollongbar, on Saturday.

The game was stopped for about 40 minutes until an ambulance arrived with Watling still in Lismore Base Hospital yesterday.

Wingers James Vidler and Vinnie Leatigaga proved a handful for the opposition defence when play resumed. …

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