Extra time was needed before Coolangatta Tweed beat Lismore 27-19 in the Coopers Far North Coast rugby union major semi-final in Lismore on Saturday.
Coolangatta Tweed led 13-6 at half-time but Lismore fought back to level 19-all at full-time.
Coolangatta Tweed regained the upper hand in extra time, and advanced to the grand final.
Lismore now needs to beat Lennox Head in next Saturday’s preliminary final in Lismore to set up a grand final rematch.
First Grade scores:
COOLANGATTA TWEED 27 (Tamati Coates, Ashley Mareroa tries, Simon Campbell conversion, 5 penalty goals) d LISMORE 19 (Nigel Marshall try, James Wood conversion, 4 penalty goals)
Half Time: Coolangatta 13 – Lismore 6
Full Time: Coolangatta 19 – Lismore 19
After extra time: Coolangatta 27 – Lismore 19
BALLINA 34 (Ray Carriage 2, Daniel Cotes, Joel McMahon tries, Kane Scott 4 conversions, 2 penalty goals) d CASINO 19 (Adam Gould, Carl Tahatu, Jamie Coe tries, Scott Lambeth 2 conversions)
Half time: Ballina 28 – Casino 7
GRAFTON 20 (Kyle Hancock, Jamie Stockton tries, Bryce Speechley 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals) d WOLLONGBAR ALSTONVILLE 5 (Jamie Tidmarsh try)
Half time: Grafton 6 – Wollongbar Alstonville 5
WOLLONGBAR ALSTONVILLE 9 (Michael Turnbull 3 penalty goals) d BALLINA 5 (Jason Clarke try)
Half time: Wollongbar Alstonville 6 – Ballina 5
Preliminary Finals – Next Saturday 6th September at Crozier Field Lismore
1st Grade: Lismore v Lennox Head
2nd Grade: Casino v Coolangatta Tweed
Under 19’s: Wollongbar Alstonville v Evans River
3rd Grade: Ballina v Lismore