ON THE BURST: Troy Nichols (far right) watches teammate Mitch Knight plough through the SCU back line in the FNC Rugby Union clash.
ON THE BURST: Troy Nichols (far right) watches teammate Mitch Knight plough through the SCU back line in the FNC Rugby Union clash. Stuart Turner

Ballina halfback racks up 100 games in demolition of SCU

REACHING 100 first grade games has only added fuel to the fire for Ballina halfback Troy Nichols in Far North Coast Rugby Union.

Nichols, 33, celebrated the milestone in a 62-7 demolition of Southern Cross University at Quays Reserve, Ballina on Saturday.

He was originally planning to hang up the boots after this season but has expressed a desire to play on next year.

"I wasn't sure what I was going to do but this makes me really want to push for another season or two," Nichols said.

"I've been lucky with injuries and I'm proud to get to 100 games at the club.

Nichols is a Ballina junior and started playing first grade in 2002.

He won grand finals in 2005 and 2007 and can't remember the Seahorses ever missing out on a spot in the semi-finals.

Ballina will need a bonus point win against second-placed Wollongbar-Alstonville in the final round of the season on Saturday to qualify for finals.

The Seahorses have lost a number of games at the death this season but have been in better form than Byron Bay and Lennox Head in recent weeks.

Byron Bay host Lennox Head on Saturday with the winner cementing third while the loser will miss out if Ballina get the bonus point.

Nichols is set to leave nothing in the tank if the Seahorses bow out on Saturday.

"We certainly haven't given up and we'll be trying to the final minute.

"I haven't seen a year a Ballina team that hasn't made the finals and I don't want to be part of that.

"I really thought this could have been our year but a poor start has come back to haunt us."

 

What's on

Games this weekend:

Wollongbar- Alstonville v Ballina at Lyle Park, Wollongbar

Bangalow v Southern Cross University at Schultz Oval, Bangalow

Byron Bay v Lennox Head at Byron Recreation Ground

Lismore v Casino at Lismore Rugby Park



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