Seagulls to play final after all

BALLINA Seagulls players and fans rejoice.

Your team will contest the final of the $10,000 NRRRL Charity Shield after all.

After dialogue with NRRRL secretary Doug Harrison, The Northern Star yesterday wrongly reported that Ballina would play off for third and fourth.

Harrison was speaking from a hospital bed in Sydney, so we will forgive him for this one.

The Seagulls finished the preliminary rounds with a for-and-against of +34, two points inferior to second-placed Grafton Rhinos (+36), but the final is to be contested by the top southern team and the top northern team.

Grafton Ghosts (+68) will host Ballina at Frank McGuren Park, Grafton, on Sunday.

The second-placed team from the south, Grafton Rhinos, will play the second-placed team from the north, Murwillumbah Mustangs (+10), for third place.

With $6250 to be split between the top four first grade teams, the Seagulls are all but guaranteed a $2500 purse. The hosts cannot claim first prize because they get the gate, canteen and bar takings.

The remaining $3750 will be shared between the Under-18s finalists, who will play off before the first grade finals.

In the Under-18s, Ghosts take on Murwillumbah for the title, with Cudgen and Lower Clarence to fight out the minor placings.

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