Drew the star in Trim's win
GETTIN’ Trim are the Lismore Touch open men’s champions after defeating East Lismore Bowlo 7-6 in the grand final at Hepburn Park, Goonellabah.
A standout performance from Drew Tebbutt, who was voted player of the final, led the way for Gettin’ Trim, which began the game with the minimum six players.
They started strongly and grabbed an early lead but Easts fought back to level the scores at full-time, dramatcially scoring after the final hooter.
Gettin Trim’ scored in the first set of six after the drop-off, which made the task for Easts too difficult.
Australian open men’s vice-captain Nathan Jones presented the trophy to the winners.
Brendan Brooke was presented with the Clae Webb Memorial Trophy by Ken and Jan Jones for Lismore Touch representative player of the year.
Brooke has been a rep player since he was young, was in the victorious Under-21 and open men’s teams which won State Cups, and played alongside the late Clae Webb in some of those tournaments.
Peter Wooldridge was awarded club person of the year for his work as competition director, and Blake Staples received the referees’ encouragement award.
In the mixed A-grade grand final, Mick Sawtell Magic overcame a determined Coastal Graphics to win 5-4 in a game that could have gone either way.
Player of the match awards went to Josh Sauer (East Lismore Bowlo) and Renee Cowan (Coastal Graphics).
In the other mixed grand finals, B and B Produce were too experienced for the Woodies 4-2 in B-grade; CA Auto won C-grade with an easier than expected 7-5 win over Me and Me Mates; Suncorp B pipped Fastways 4-3 for the D-grade title; and Casino RSM were too good for AJM Air-Conditioning to win 7-4 in E-grade.
Trophies were presented by life member Doug McFarlane and Australian mixed open representative Hayley McAnelly.
The Masters division always holds interest and the crowd was not disappointed.
In the grand final, CFCB Irwins, even without a couple of key players overcame Workers Blue, with some late tries sealing the outcome.
Annette Irwin presented the Geoff Irwin Memorial Masters Cup to an emotional Dean McGuire, and Geoff’s mother Colette assisted in presenting the individual trophies to the players.
Club president Jenny McFarlane thanked the committee and referees for their assistance through the season.