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Emus celebrate grand final win

The Orara Valley Emus go onthe attack.
The Orara Valley Emus go onthe attack.

By GREG WHITE

THERE was no fairytale ending for Bello Angels in the Coffs Harbour District Hockey grand final on Saturday . Shooting for back-to-back titles, the Angels went down 3-1 in the Women's A Grade decider to minor premier Orara Valley Emus despite attempting a revival soon after half-time. Emus made the early running with two goals to lead 2-0 at the break. With 18 minutes left on the clock Bello goaled before narrowly missing the equaliser, four minutes later following a penalty. But the steam went out of their attack from that point as Emus took up residence on the opposite end of the field, eventually landing the decisive goal six minutes from the end. Orara have been the big improvers in 2006 while the annual favourites are still re-building since the retirements that followed last year's title win. Meanwhile, the all-Southside Men's A Grade championship went into extra time after Redbacks and Sharks had drawn 2-2. Reece Edwards scored the winner for Redbacks, five minutes after the change of ends. Following the match rivalries were put aside with six players combining for the Men's A Grade grand final at Grafton that night.