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Dolphins win U/18s Country Championship

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The Far North Coast representative U/18s rugby union team has won the NSW Country Championships held in Sydney last weekend.

The Dolphins were undefeated throughout the competition and had wins over Brumbies Country (10–0), Illawarra (15–0), Central North (13–0), the Hunter (15–7) and Mid North Coast (17–8).

In the Country Championship final they again beat the Hunter 16–6.

Having qualified for the State Championships, where the best country sides take on the best from the city, Far North Coast had a 3–o win over Sydney University, after being beaten by West Harbour 10–0.

The team consist of players from Lennox Head, Wollongbar-Alstonville, Casuarina Beach, Lismore, Yamba, Trinity Grammar and Southern Cross University.

To collect the championship trophy and do it undefeated was ‘very satisfying and very rewarding,’ co-coach Jeff Watt said.

Many in the team had played together before, and Jeff had coached them to the U/16 country championship a few years ago.

‘It all came together on the weekend.

‘We have got rugby talent on the Far North Coast’.

Lifting to play the Sydney teams on Monday was a big ask, but they did get a win despite a heavy injury toll and playing some big sides.

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