Sport

September's sporting moments

ABOVE, FROM LEFT: The 2017 pointscore, grand final and Anzac Cup champions Byron Bay FC Rams;
ABOVE, FROM LEFT: The 2017 pointscore, grand final and Anzac Cup champions Byron Bay FC Rams; Greg Meek

Seagulls fly high again

Ballina returned to top spot after a hard-fought 32-24 win over Cudgen in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina.

The Seagulls finished as minor and major premiers after missing out on the semi-finals the previous season.

They have now won four of the past five grand finals after winning three straight between 2013 and 2015.

Star do the double

Northern Star had plenty to celebrate in its 90th year and capped the season by taking out the Far North Coast hockey men and women's A-grade premierships.

It was a high quality women's grand final with Star ending the 16-year premiership run of Glee in a penalty shoot-out.

It was similar scenes in the men's grand final with Coraki the team to beat all year before Star recorded a semi-final win and backed it up with a 5-2 effort to win the premiership.

Four on the trot

Wollongbar-Alstonville won a fourth straight premiership after a hard-fought 39-29 win over Ballina in the Far North Coast rugby union grand final.

In other games, Ballina pulled off a remarkable 18-17 win in the reserve grade grand final after a penalty goal to flanker Nick Brydon on the final play of the game against Mullumbimby.

Evans Head also created history when it won its first premiership with a 19-10 win over Yamba in president's cup.

Ramming it home

Byron Bay won the Far North Coast premier league soccer grand final with a 2-1 win over Bangalow at Richards Oval, Lismore.

It was a big season for the Rams who also won the pointscore and Anzac Cup trophies while a determined Lismore Thistles won the women's premier league grand final.

Lockwood success

Eagle Farm trainer Barry Lockwood celebrated back-to-back wins at the Ballina and Lismore Cup.

Cashing Up won the $65,000 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup before Skytrek won the $60,000 Lismore Showcase Cup two weeks later.

Byron dominates

Byron Bay maintained its dominance in local Aussie rules with a 51-point win over the Tweed Tigers in the grand final.

Lismore Swans took out the women's premiership after a hard-fought game with the Ballina Bombers.