Snappers and Pirates win grand finals

Coffs Harbour Snappers reserve grade side celebrate their premiership win.

THE COFFS Harbour Snappers and Port Macquarie Pirates have both won premierships during a big day of grand final action at the Bayrange Group Coffs Rugby Park.

The Snappers hosted the senior and junior grand finals of the Mid North Coast Rugby Union Northern Division season.

The Coffs Harbour Snappers prevailed 22-15 against the Bowraville Goannas to win the reserve grade grand final.

The Port Macquarie Pirates led from start to finish in the main game, holding off a fast-finishing Coffs Harbour Snappers side to win the first grade grand final 24-17.

The Snappers scored with four minutes to go, setting up a grandstand finish.

The Snappers had a chance to try to send the game into extra time after the bell, but could not cross the line for the vital try.

Snappers’ player-coach Mitch Walton lamented his side’s ill-discipline.

“We were undisciplined in key areas of the field, and gave away too many penalties,” he said.

“We scored more tries than them, but they had more penalty goals.

“From where we were last year, we have improved a lot and we are a completely different team.

“We have four players in their 30s, and the rest are aged between 19 and 23, so the future is bright at the Snappers.

“And the reserves had a great win, as Bowraville were coming home strong and the Snappers did well to hold them off.”

The Port Macquarie Pirates won the women’s grand final beating the Grafton Redmen 26-15.


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