Last-gasp try a winner
FLEET-FOOTED Roan Beucker received a hero's reward while other promising footy stars also shone on a memorable day of junior league action.
The 12-year-old was chaired off the pitch by his delighted teammates after scoring a super last-gasp try in his side's Group One Junior Rugby League under-12 clash with Grafton.
It was an important effort his team, which was battling to cement a berth in the forthcoming finals series.
Goonellabah-based Beucker, who was cheered on by jubilant parents, supporters ands teammates as he weaved through the opponents' backline to score, said it had been a memorable moment.
"It was really emotional coming off the pitch," he said. "I just wanted to win it for the team.
"Hearing people cheering made me feel even better."
It was a busy day of action at Lismore's St John's College Woodlawn, with players from across the region contesting matches in the various age group divisions.
Richmond River High School student Roan took up footy about three years ago.
The Year Seven student said he was enjoying the sport and did not mind picking up the odd bump and bruise.
"I just like all the tackles and making good breaks," he said.
"I don't mind getting hurt. I just get on with it.
"This is a really good team. We have a good mix together and we get along.
"I'm really enjoying it."
Finals action will take place at Woodlawn this coming Saturday.