Woopi spoil Sharks farewell party
THERE was no fairytale ending to Port Macquarie's 18-season history in Group 2 rugby league.
The Sharks were game but Woolgoolga had an extra spurt at the finish and came out 28-20 winners at Hastings Regional Stadium last night.
Seahorses chief administrator Paul Dwyer said conditions were far from ideal but the two sides enjoyed an incredibly close tussle.
"The weather made it a miserable day," he said.
"It was cold and wet and the blusteery wind was enough to blow a dog off a chain.
"The game was closely fought and Port did enough to lead 10-8 at the break.
"Fortunately we gained the ascendancy by finishing stronger in the last 20 minutes and scored two quick tries to gain the lead and hang on to win the game."
While Port's top grade side won't be a semi final participant before the switch to Group 3 in 2013, their reserve grade side plays in the elimination match next Saturday while the fate of their under-18s will depend on the outcome of the clash between Sawtell and Macleay Valley.
WOOLGOOLGA SEAHORSES 28 (L Munro 2 N Monckton C Webb G Stevens J Ravueta tries W Fernando 2 goals) bt PORT MACQUARIE SHARKS 20 (G Grant P Chaplin H Gore tries T Nelson 4 goals)
At Hastings Regional Stadium, Port Macquarie
Referee: Ray Pettit
Reserve grade: Woolgoolga bt Port Macquarie 28-20
Under 18s: Port Macquarie bye