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Seagulls soar to new heights in premiership win

Ballina fullback Oliver Regan was a standout for the Seagulls in the NRRRL grand final.
Ballina fullback Oliver Regan was a standout for the Seagulls in the NRRRL grand final. Mike Donnelly

Northern Star sports editor Mitchell Craig gives the Ballina starting team a rating out of 10 for their performance in the NRRRL grand final on Sunday.

Oliver Regan, 9: Top game at fullback with some determined carries and got his side out of trouble numerous times.

Matt Gibson, 7: Can't fault his effort and tough call on a forward pass denied him a try in the second half.

Dan Gibson, 7.5: Tackled like a machine and brought his usual aggression and energy to the side.

Michael Thomas, 8.5: One of the most consistent players at the Seagulls and looked dangerous every time he ran the ball.

Roger Bartholomew, 7:

A great pick-up for the Seagulls this season and scored a crucial first-half try when Ballina was trailing 14-2.

Alex Grant, 8: The big step and glide was on full display and he sliced through for a try and set up the match-winner with a ball out the back in the second half.

Jess Perry, 8: Tough customer who recovered from a dangerous spear tackle in the opening minutes to guide his team to another premiership as captain.

Dylan Montgomery, 8: Brave effort coming back from injury in the finals and got through plenty of work while carrying a biceps injury.

Andrew Battese, 7.5: Another wounded Seagull who played despite an ankle injury late in the season which kept him from his usual goal-kicking duties.

Les Roberts, 8: Looked fitter than ever this season and is still a handful for opposition teams to bring down.

Anthony Colman, 7.5: Scored the final try in the corner and has been one of the best players in the NRRRL over the past two seasons.

Justin Shillingsworth, 8: Close to their best forward this season and was damaging every time he ran the ball.

Michael Dwane, 7.5: Versatile player who got under the skin of the bigger opposition forward pack but never backed down.

Cudgen player of the match, Caleb Ziebell, 9.5

A massive effort and picked up official man-of- the-match honours in a losing effort.

His one-arm offload, which led to a try, was brilliant and he pulls off freakish plays for someone his size.


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