The Ballina Seahorses travelled to Shark Park last Sunday for the opening encounter of the FFNC premier division competition. Ironically the game was held on Neighbour Day, Australia’s national day and the game demonstrated a warm glow of budding friendships both on and off the park.
The game was a fast paced affair and Ballina scored the first goal towards the end of the first half with a deft touch and well placed shot by Matt Jeffery.
The Seahorses had the upper hand going into the second half and soon after the whistle the Sharks channelled the good neighbour theme by scoring an own goal to give Ballina a two goal advantage. Not to be outdone Ballina reciprocated the hand of friendship with a hand ball in the box. However the good neighbours were a bit shy to accept the penalty and kicked the ball into the willing gloves of the Ballina ‘keeper. In the last 20 minutes all niceties were cast aside and as the Seahorses began to make substitutions the Sharks began to open their jaws.
A sideline scuffle by several players and almost one coach got the adrenaline flowing and Lennox scored three unanswered goals. That was until the last few seconds when new Seahorse signing Damian Hart flowed down the sideline to direct a pass to Ben Lewis who evened up the account by creating the 3-all draw; so shared honours of a point apiece. The next comp game for the Seahorses is set for Saunders oval at 5pm on Saturday 11th April against good neighbours Byron Bay.