Shannon Walker shreds the Seagulls defence during Sunday?s grand final, in much the same way Sam and Audley did a decade ago.
Shannon Walker shreds the Seagulls defence during Sunday?s grand final, in much the same way Sam and Audley did a decade ago.

The kings of Kyogle

What an effort by the Kyogle Under-18 side to defeat minor premiers Tweed Seagulls to clinch the premiership.

The 22-10 victory was set up by the brilliant Walker boys ? Shannon and Michael. These two bring back memories of another couple of Walkers who terrorised sides for Kyogle back in the 90s ? Audley and Sam.

In a week where Kyogle was left reeling by the Norply fire, these youngsters have managed to put smiles back on faces.

It's harder to defend a title than it is to win it and much of the credit must go to coach Wayne Lollback who for two years has taken his boys to the top of the mountain.

Kyogle is one of the smaller towns competing in the NRRRL so it is a credit to the boys and the club.

They also have a very strong Under-16 side, meaning the dominance could continue for a while.

What a great Northern Star front page on Monday with a shot of the Kyogle crowd celebrating, perfect example of what rugby league is all about. (Brought back memories of the front page after the 2003 grand final when we beat South Grafton in a tight one.

Junior honours

In years gone by, Northern Rivers Divisional representative honours have been restricted to Under-18s and seniors, but that has now changed.

For the past two years the Northern Rivers Junior Rugby League has been up and running with the Under-15 and 16 sides playing matches against very strong opposition from Queensland and NSW Country.

This year has seen the Under-14 side formed and they will play in the Kwik Insulation Cup on the long weekend at Cudgen.

All have either represented Groups One or 18 and NRL development officers will be present at the games, with the new Gold Coast club showing plenty of interest.

The next games for the Northern Rivers teams will be on Sunday at Cudgen against the strong South-East Queensland.

The Northern Rivers Junior Rugby League is calling for coaches and selectors for the 2006 season in the three age groups. Applications, which close on Sept 30, to 23 Cambridge Cresent, East Ballina 2478.

Tiger tale

As a Broncos fan, I was hopeful that they would get over the top of the Tigers last weekend. They couldn't keep losing, could they?

Well, yes they could and yes, they did.

At the start of the year the West Tigers were seen as a young side that was at least three years from being a serious finals contender, but they have exceeded everyone's expectations and are now a realistic chance of winning the comp.

Parramatta and St George-Illawarra are the two form teams of the year but have a history of choking when the big games are on.

Brian Smith has done a great job with the Eels this season but finals are not the best time of year for him with grand final losses at the Dragons (1992-93) and the Eels (2001) when the were unbackable favourites, only to lose to Newcastle.

St George have bombed out in the finals in the past few years, but this year they are injury-free and there can be no excuses.

Seeing as I was a Balmain Tigers fan when I was young, I now have a new team. Go Tigers!

Junior deciders

In weather more suited to kite-flying, Group One Junior League grand finals were held at Maclean last weekend.

The winners of the grand finals were: Ballina in the Under 10, 11 and 13s, Grafton in the Under 12s, Kyogle in the Under 14s, South Grafton in the Under 15s and Marist Brothers in the Under 16s.

Thanks also to all the parents who followed their kids around. There is nothing better for a parent to see their child out running around having fun. See you next year.

Krause chaos

Last Saturday wasn't a great day in the Krause house. My eldest son Mitchell lost the Under 13 grand final to Ballina 18-10 in a tough match at Maclean, then it was into the car and a mad dash back to Lismore to watch my wife Nikki play the A grade netball grand final.

Surely they couldn't be beaten after going through the season undefeated? Playing for Daleys against their younger club-mates Daleys Tribes, they were beaten 40-36.

Netball grand finals have always been a tough time for me because usually they were played the day before the Group One rugby league grand finals and Nikki would go out and either celebrate or drown her sorrows and I'd stay home and get an early night to prepare for the Sunday.

Everything would be going great until I was woken by the taxi about 4am bringing her home. I tried to ignore her but when she started screaming and waking the neighbours I felt obliged to let her in ? big mistake. This is when the frog used to visit. Don't ask!

King Kangaroo

Despite the Melbourne Storm being knocked out of this year's premiership race, it wasn't all bad news for Matt King. Kingy was added to the Kangaroos train-on squad for the Tri Nations series at the end of the season.

After a stellar season highlighted by a magnificent Origin series, Matt will be the first winger picked and will be a big hit over in the series.

It was lucky that the Cowboys won last Saturday night, because Referee Paul Simpkins would have been responsible for ending their season after his decision to allow a try to Melbourne centre Steve Bell, even though he was just a metre away and still missed him dropping the ball.

While I don't like bagging referees, Simpkins is the one referee who never looks like he is enjoying himself and finds it hard to communicate with the players.

Because of his mistake, he has been dropped from this weekend's finals.

Also, a special mention to the AFL Match Committee for the Barry Hall inci

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