A three-try effort by winger Matthew Aherne has helped Lennox Head advance to the preliminary final of the Coopers Far North Coast rugby union competition.

Lennox head beat Wollongbar Alstonville 33-8 in Saturday’s minor semi-final at Wollongbar and now will play the loser of the major semi-final between Lismore and Coolangatta Tweed, to be played in Lismore next Saturday.

In the Village Competition grand final, Bangalow beat Evans River 10-8.

Minor semi-final results:
First Grade

LENNOX HEAD 33 (Matthew Aherne 3, Adam Gordon, Corey Windle  tries, James Barnes conversion, Adam Gordon penalty goal, drop goal) d WOLLONGBAR ALSTONVILLE 8 (Brad Marsh try, Terry Murphy penalty goal).
Half-time: Lennox Head 18 v Wollongbar Alstonville 8.

Reserve Grade

COOLANGATTA TWEED 23 (Grant Little, Rob Althofer tries, Damian Bebb 2 conversions) d GRAFTON 12 (Greg Hubbard, Jesse Brotherson tries, Gary Powell conversion).
Half-time: Coolangatta Tweed 15 v Grafton 12.

Under-19

EVANS RIVER 36 (Aaron Scells 2, Ned Hayes 2, Duane Gordon tries, Duane Gordon 4 conversions, penalty goal) d CASINO 20 (Brenton Fuller, David Briggs, Brad Wenzel tries, Brenton Fuller conversion, penalty goal).
Half-time: Casino 10 v Evans River 5.

Third Grade

LISMORE 20 (Damien Maher, Guy Latham tries; Mark Sivewright 2 conversions, 2 penalty goals) d COOLANGATTA TWEED 12 (Brendon Walkinshaw, Joe Cooper tries, Shane Campbell conversion).
Half-time: Lismore 10 v Coolangatta Tweed 0.
 
Village Competition grand final:

Bangalow 10 (Nick Hornery try, Kerry Jennings conversion, penalty goal) d Evans River 8 (Ian Patch try, Nathan Gemmell penalty goal)