Seahorses snatch win
BALLINA fullback Sam Giltrap finished the season in style when the Seahorses snatched a 24-22 against Wollongbar-Alstonville in a Far North Coast Rugby Union clash .
The Seahorses needed a bonus point win to keep its semi-finals hopes alive and looked gone for all money when Wollongbar led 22-17 as last play was called by the referee.
Giltrap pulled off an unbelievable try when he kicked over the opposition fullback and then toed the ball ahead to score under the cross-bar.
He converted to ensure the Seahorses the bonus point win as fulltime was called.
The joy was short-lived as results from around the zone filtered in with Byron Bay salvaging a point in their 20-13 loss against Lennox Head at the Byron Recreation Ground.
Lismore, Wollongbar, Lennox Head and Byron Bay will contest the semi-finals this weekend with Ballina missing out by a single point.
It was Giltrap's last game with the 18-year-old set to join the Vikings in Canberra next season.
Five-eighth Grant Knight left Ballina halfway through the season to join the Vikings.
It was a big effort by Ballina who were down 19-7 at halftime.
Pioneers centre Daniel Damen scored a hat-trick in the first half and looked dangerous every time older brother Ben Damen fed him the ball from five-eighth.
He almost scored a fourth before the break but some desperate defence from prop Nathan Groves saw him go over the sideline.
Giltrap scored soon after halftime before hooker Aidan Cubis burrowed his way over to reduce the margin to 19-17.
The only points to the Pioneers in the second half came courtesy of a Ben Damen penalty kick at goal.
Centre Liam Preston, flanker Andrew Burke and second-rower Todd Grono were the best for Ballina.
Prop Joel Crowther played well alongside the Damen brothers for Wollongbar.
Elsewhere Bangalow finished on a high with a 34-12 win against Southern Cross University at Schultz Oval, Bangalow.
Fullback Will Latham scored a hat-trick while flanker Will Cotterill bagged a try-scoring double.
And Lismore continued its dominance with a 45-8 win against Casino at Lismore Rugby Park.
Fullback Jack Pinchin and prop Damien Keys bagged two tries each.
Full scorers/scorers: see Details, page 26.
Lismore 72pts, Wollongbar Alstonville 58, Lennox Head 51, Byron Bay 48, Ballina 47, Bangalow 42*, Grafton 28, SCU 7, Casino 7.
*Bangalow deducted eight points for fielding ineligible players.