King link to NRL finals

The Knights’ Tyrone Roberts,a former Ballina junior, is tackled in a game against St George Illawarra this season.
The Knights’ Tyrone Roberts,a former Ballina junior, is tackled in a game against St George Illawarra this season. Getty Images

SOUTH Sydney co-captain Matt King is the only Northern Rivers player who will take part in the National Rugby League finals.

The Casino Cougars junior and premiership-winning Marist Brothers first-grader has helped the Rabbitohs to third spot at the end of the competition rounds.

Whether he plays wing or centre, King's experience will be vital if South Sydney is to break a 31-year premiership drought.

They will play the Storm at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday.

Six Northern Rivers players were in teams that failed to make the top eight.

Former Marist Brothers winger David Mead and Yamba product Luke Douglas were part of the Gold Coast Titans team that finished 11th.

Mead broke his jaw early in the year but returned for another consistent season, becoming the Titans' all-time leading try-scorer in April.

Douglas came to the Titans this season after a six-year stint with the Cronulla Sharks.

He continues to impress, having now played 170 consecutive NRL games.

Ballina junior Tyrone Roberts played most of the season at halfback for the Newcastle Knights.

After making a handful of appearances in 2011, Roberts played 19 games this season and received plenty of praise from one of the best halfbacks to play the game, club legend Andrew Johns.

Ballina junior Mitchell Aubusson and Lismore-born Martin Kennedy were again two of the Sydney Roosters' best in 2012.

After injuries ended their 2011 season, they returned to a struggling Roosters side that finished 13th on the ladder.

Murwillumbah-born Cheyse Blair made his debut on the wing for the Parramatta Eels in the first round of the competition.

He went on to play 22 games and moved to his preferred position in the centres in a team that finished last.

Meanwhile, Marist Brothers junior Paul Carter was named at lock in the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.

The son of Steve Carter, the most-capped Penrith Panthers player, Paul Carter represented Australian Schoolboys in 2010 after attending Alstonville High School.

He plays for the Canterbury Bulldogs with younger brother Blake also in the Toyota Cup squad.

The Bulldogs play the Wests Tigers in a Toyota Cup qualifying final on Saturday with former Mullumbimby Giants player Jacob Miller at halfback.

Miller has played five NRL games but made just one appearance in the top grade this season.

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