Line crossed 16 times in grand final



The Ballina Touch Association open men's division grand final was a classic, with the young Byron Building team defeating Crimmos 9-7 in a high-scoring affair.

Play quickly switched from one end of the field to the other.

Nathan Jones, Luke Stutfield, Shaun Webb and Tim Foster played well for the winners, while Tony Buchanan, Brian Roberts and Clarence Kelly never gave up for Crimmos.

The Anthony Cook Player of the Final award went to Kyle Everett from Byron Building.

The women's grand final was another spectators' delight, with Roxy winning 7-5 over Black Opals.

Audrey Zambelli scored four tries and had a huge game, with Donna Wooldridge and Anne Drinkwater also playing well for Roxy.

Trudy Roberts and N Moran did best for Black Opals.

The Over-35s final was a huge defensive game, with Blue Jets overcoming O'Reillys 2-1.

Ken Jones scored the winning touchdown for Blue Jets and Brett O'Driscoll scored for O'Reillys.

In mixed A-grade, Dodgers held out to win 4-3 over Telstra, with Nathan Jones and Luke Stutfield playing big roles for their teams.

In B-grade, Screen Prints Plus were too good for Cruisers, winning 8-5, while in C-grade Jali was taken to a drop-off before overcoming Pacific Roofing 6-5.

Ballina Tenpin defeated Betta Electrical 6-3 in D-grade; Commercial Hotel downed Gradwells 8-5 in E-grade; while Barlow's Bolt Barn had a 5-2 win over Teenage Terrors in F-grade.

The best and fairest award in open men's was shared between Troy Nichols, Nathan Jones and Tom Ruhl.

In the Over-35s, the best and fairest was awarded to Bruce Gallagher, who at 70 is the oldest player in Ballina Touch.

Discount Liquor was presented with an award for the longest-standing team in the competition as well as winning the Over-45s division.

The women's best and fairest went to Kirsten Sparre.

In the mixed division, the best and fairest was awarded to Leanne Jones and Phil Alley.

The Keith Hunter junior encouragement award went to Tahni Batterham and Chris Bleakley, while Jan Jones was named club person of the year.

n Dave Brown recently gained his Level 6 referee badge ? the highest level for a Touch referee.

n Ballina Touch winter competition (mixed only) muster nights will be held on April 27 and May 4.



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