They came and they plundered: Raiders steal the silverware
UPDATE 4.30pm: THE Raiders have won their first NRRRL grand final, defeating the Ballina Seagulls by 24-4.
UPDATE 4.20pm: THE Raiders are breaking the Seagulls' fans' hearts - they've crossed the line to score another try.
Connor Hickey scored under the crossbar.
Scores are 24-4.
They won't be getting run down from here.
UPDATE 4.00pm: RAIDERS are in again.
Hooker Dan Willoughby burrows over from dummy half.
Robinson converts to give the Raiders an 18-4 lead.
With little more than 20 minutes to play, Ballina must be the next to score if they want to take home the trophy.
UPDATE 3.54pm: ROBINSON extends the Raiders lead just minutes later when he kicks a penalty goal.
12-4 to the Raiders.
UPDATE 3.49pm: IT'S the second half and the Raiders have added to the scoreboard.
Winger Daryl Brooks goes over in the corner.
Five eighth Tahne Robinson misses the conversion.
Tweed Coast lead 10-4.
UPDATE 3.38pm: IT'S halftime in the NRRRL grand final, and Ballina trail Tweed Coast 6-4.
Alex Grant has looked the most dangerous for the Seagulls at fullback.
He was denied a try under the crossbar when the ball was called back for a forward pass.
The Raiders look better than last week, they will be hard to beat.
UPDATE 3.18pm: Ballina front-rower Nick Ritter has been bandaged up after an early head clash.
UPDATE 3.06PM: THE Gulls have hit back. They weathered the early storm and scored in the corner through centre Oliver Regan.
Hooker Andrew Battese misses the conversion.
Score is 6-4 to the Raiders after 15 minutes of play.
UPDATE 2.58pm: WE HAVE kickoff, and Ballina have made an error early in the first set.
Tweed Coast draws first blood with a try to centre Jack O'Brien.
6-0 to the Raiders.
UPDATE 2.50pm: Teams are as follows:
1 Alex Grant
2 Liam Anderson
3 Dan Gibson
4 Oliver Regan
5 Rhys Riches
6 Kel Sheather
7 Jess Perry - Captain
8 Nicholas Ritter
9 Andrew Battese
10 Phil Crosby
11 Anthony Colman
12 Justin Shillingsworth
13 Michael Dwane
14 Matt Painter
15 Dylan Montgomery
16 Chad North
17 Kuyan Roberts-Laurie
20 Chris Binge
Tweed Coast Raiders
1 Guy Lanston
2 Daryl Brooks
3 Jack O'Brien
4 Drew Lanston
5 Justin King
6 Tayne Robinson
7 Jared de Thierry
8 Luke Campbell
9 Dan Willoughby
10 Daniel Ross
11 Kalani Hensby
12 Jimmy Armstrong
13 Jamie Donaldson
14 Scott McLennan
15 Cale Rowston
16 Luke Toon
17 Connor Hickey
18 Lain Windley
19 Chris Cameron
UPDATE 2.47pm: THE Ballina players are on the field.
Captain Jess Perry led them out, while utility player Chris Binge carried his young daughter.
The Raiders are making them wait as they remain in the dressing room.
UPDATE 2.40pm: TEAMS have remained unchanged from the program as Ballina Seagulls aim to win their second straight NRRRL grand final this afternoon.
Kick off is in approximately five minutes.
UPDATE 1.50pm: WITH under an hour until kickoff, fans are starting to arrive at Kingsford Smith Park to watch the grand final between Ballina Seagulls and Tweed Coast Raiders.
Raiders fans are a formidable sight as they take up position on the hill, decked out in Viking horns.
Original story: BALLINA has won a third straight Under-18 grand final in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League with an emphatic 30-4 win over Cudgen.
The Seagulls ran away with it in the second half with tries to centres Mason Hilyard, James Torrens and winger Tupou Lolohea.
Lock Kuyan Roberts-Laurie hammered the win home with a great individual try breaking through numerous tackles up the centre of the field.