Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League newcomers Northern United have qualified for the grand final in their first season in the NRRRL.

Lismore-based Northern United, who were admitted to the competition this year after several unsuccessful attempts, beat Mullumbimby 22-14 at Mullumbimby in today’s preliminary final.

Northern United now will play minor premiers Lower Clarence in the grand final at Maclean on Sunday, September 20.

In another boost for the NRRRL, Evans Head will contest the reserve grade grand final, taking on Mullumbimby after today beating Ballina 44-12 in the preliminary final.

Evans Head contested reserve grade last year, making the finals, which laid the foundation for the inclusion this year of a first-grade side.

In the Under-18 grand final, Kyogle will play Ballina, who today beat Northern United 20-10 in the preliminary final.

NRRRL PRELIMINARY FINAL RESULTS:

Les Donnelly Field, Mullumbimby

U/18s: Ballina 20 d Northern United 10.

Reserve Grade: Evans Head 44 d Ballina 12.

First Grade: Northern United 22 d Mullumbimby 14.

Grand Finals, 20 September, Maclean Showground, Maclean:

11am: Under-18s, Kyogle v Ballina.

12.45pm: Reserve Grade, Mullumbimby v Evans Head.

2.45pm: First Grade, Lower Clarence V Northern United.    

Please note change of starting time for U/18s and Reserve Grade.