Coffs Harbour Snappers bow out of MNC Rugby premiership
BOTH northern rugby clubs will be represented in next weekend's Upper Mid North Coast grand finals but it won't be by the top grades.
Coffs Harbour bowed out of the premiership chase after going down 26-15 to Port Macquarie in today's preliminary final.
It is only the second time this century that a first grand final will not feature a Coffs Coast-based team.
The Pirates will now confront their cross-town rivals from Hastings Valley Vikings for the 2013 crown and have the distinction of all four club teams playing on the biggest day off the year.
However the news was better for the Snappers' under-18s who had a solid 43-0 win over Kempsey to make their way to the season decider.
Southern Cross University Marlins will also share the spotlight.
The club's unbeaten under-16 team will be the first side on the paddock at Oxley Oval in Port Macquarie next Saturday.
In possibly the best news for the zone as they try to propagate the faith, Bowraville are through to the reserve grade grand final after downing Vikings 19-17.
2013 Upper MNC Zone grand finals
At Oxley Oval, Port Macquarie
First 3pm - Hastings Valley Vikings v Port Macquarie Pirates
Reserve grade 1pm - Bowraville Goannas v Port Macquarie Pirates
Under 18s 11.30am - Port Macquarie Pirates v Coffs Harbour Snappers
Under 16s 10am - Southern Cross University Marlins v Port Macquarie Pirates