Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shot at the Title Drives Redmen Redmen Win Victory in Nail-Biter

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Shot at the Title Drives Redmen Redmen Win Victory in Nail-Biter

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RUGBY UNION: As they sat battered, bleeding and with ice on parts of their body, McKimms Grafton Redmen proved they are the real deal in the Mid North Coast rugby competition.

The Redmen players could not be accused of lacking heart as they defeated last year's premiers Southern Cross Uni 27-26 in an absolute nail-biter on Marlins' home ground.

With the game well in the grasp of the reigning premiers, Grafton produced a match-winning play on the shadows of fulltime.

A 20-metre pass from Paul Cameron found Ed McGrath in space who threw a peach of a pass to centre Karrnunny Pearce who found the chalk - sending Grafton fans into pandemonium.

Both sides entered the game missing key players but in the final wash-up it was Grafton's never-say-die attitude that prevailed on the day.

Redmen first grade coach Craig Howe was "as nervous as a butcher's thumb" on the sidelines but, when the final whistle blew, he breathed a huge sigh of relief.

"Yeah, it went right down to the wire," Howe said after the game. …

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