Marist Brothers take out U18 reserve grade NRRRL grand final
IT WAS a double celebration for Marist Brothers when they won the reserve grade and Under-18 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand finals.
It was the Rams' first silverware since the premiership-winning Under-18 team from 2006.
The reserve grade game was a thrilling contest that went into golden point extra-time. The Rams won 26-22 against Grafton Ghosts when five-eighth John Campbell scored in the 92nd minute.
It was a big effort by Brothers, with second-rower Harry Dawson voted best on the field.
Prop Jamie Clark also played well, along with fullback Matt Flaherty, who bagged a try-scoring double.
Five-eighth Max Dardengo and halfback Jacob Follent did the damage and scored two tries each.
Second-rower Max Elliot picked up player of the match honours.
Elliot and Follent benefited from first grade experience this season.
Follent will join the Wests Tigers Under-20s next season, while Elliot is contracted to the Titans.
"It's been eight months in the making and we couldn't have asked for a better finish," club president and Under-18 coach Terry Dardengo said.
"Max and Jacob played plenty of first grade and to have them come back into Under-18s was huge.
"Classy players like that don't come around every year. It was all about hard work and not leaving anything to chance for us."