by Mitchell Craig and, Christian Morrow
THE newly formed Byron Bay Red Devils women's league tag team have emerged from the competition's inaugural season as champions after downing Marist Brothers in the grand final.
Shanay Eberlein from the Byron Bay Red Devils said the 12-8 win was special after not being able to beat the Rams during the season in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
"We hardly made any mistakes in the first half and had more possession,” Eberlein said.
"Our defence showed how desperate we were to protect our line, which gave us the right to play some good attacking football.
"We have had a great season and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the club and all our sponsors and supporters.
"We couldn't have done it without them.”
Red Devils half back Daisy Gordon made two line breaks to get across Marist Brothers line and Christina Roberts converted the tries to take a 12-4 lead at half time.
Byron Bay Red Devils Ladies League Tag made history being the first Ladies team to be formed in Group 1 NRRRL.
The team is part of a push by the NRRRL to set up an 11-team women's competition next year.
Meanwhile, Ballina won back-to-back premierships in Under-18s with a hard-fought 26-18 win in extra-time against Casino.
Lock Luke McDonald scored the winning try while second-rower Jordan Sly picked up man-of-the-match honours.
Seagulls winger Ethan Caldwell-Jacky bagged a try-scoring double with Kel Sheather leading the way at hooker.
Casino did a great job reaching the grand final from fourth and led 18-6 at half-time after fullback Eddie O'Connor scored two tries in the first half.
"We only had five kids left from last year but the new batch got on board early with what we do,” Ballina coach Greg Barnes said.
"We only lost two
games all year and one of those was the first round so we've had another great year.
"It wasn't the plan to be down 12-0 but once we kicked into gear we went on to score 18 points.
"Big Jordan Sly was good on the edge and Billy Dwane was really good when he came on from the bench.
"It's a special bunch of kids so we'd like them to
get into grade and be dominant for a few years to come.”
See more on first grade and reserve grade in The Northern Star tomorrow.