Macksville Captain Henry Dunn and half back Andrew Welsh hold aloft the Group 2 reserve grade trophy following its 24-22 win against Macleay Valley.
Macksville Captain Henry Dunn and half back Andrew Welsh hold aloft the Group 2 reserve grade trophy following its 24-22 win against Macleay Valley. Nick Houghton

Mustangs and Eagles share spoils.

MACKSVILLE and Macleay Valley have taken out the Group 2 lower grades with impressive performances at Coronation Park.

The Mustangs were too good in the under-18s grand final beating the Sea Eagles 20-14 while Macksville claimed its revenge in the Reserve Grade decider taking home the premiership with a 24-22 win.

Despite the close score, Macleay Valley controlled the under-18s final.

A Robert Fernando try saw the mustangs go in front early in the piece and they never looked back.

The Sea Eagles Chris Buckley pegged one back however a run of Macleay Valley four pointers left Macksville with plenty of work to do at the death.

Despite trailing 20-4 in the final stages, Macksville attempted a miraculous comeback and went close with Brad Southan and Brad Doolan scoring with a few minutes remaining.

However it wasn't to be for the Sea Eagles with Macleay Valley holding to take home the under-18s top prize.

The Reserve grade final was a game which had everybody on the edge of their seat.

Macleay Valley opened the scoring through Aaron Torrens; however it didn't take long for Macksville's Edgar Cowell to even the ledger.

Both teams displayed their attack flair but tough scrambling defence kept the score at 6-4 going into half time

The second stanza saw each side take their foot off the brake and put everything on the line for glory.

Two early Macleay Tries were offset when Macksville's Peter Bulla and Brian Flanders crossed to have the score at 16-14 mid way through the half.

The Sea Eagles and Mustangs both tightened up defensively as the game wore on but the match exploded back into life in the final five minutes.

An incredible Jimmy Cutmore try saw Macksville take a late 24-18 lead and with only moments left on the clock few expected any more twists and turns.

Macleay Valley with the ball in their possession as the fulltime hooter sounded put in an audacious kick and chased hard.

An obscure bounce saw Macksville winger caught out of position as a flying David Davis scooped up the pill to score a miraculous try in the corner for the Mustangs

Ricky Morris had a chance to send the game into extra time with his sideline conversion however he pulled his kick wide right to give Macksville a memorable win in what is their 100th season.

Under -18s

MACLEAY VALLEY 20 (R Fernando P Griffen J Smith tries J Bakker 4 Goals) bt MACKSVILLE 14 (C Buckley B Doolan B Southan tries Joe Borg goals)

Referee: James Maggio



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