Kelly scores five tries for Ballina
PROMISING Ballina teenager Clarence Kelly scored five tries as the Seagulls secured a comprehensive 42-12 victory over Kyogle at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday night.
Kelly was outstanding from the bench as he cut the Turkeys' defence to shreds with his footwork and pace.
Kelly is another product of the brilliant Northern Rivers Under-18 side that won the NSW Country Divisional Championships earlier this season.
He's long been highly regarded out Ballina way, but selectors and scouts are starting to take notice with the Gold Coast rumoured to be interested in the youngster.
Normally a centre, his strength is deceptive and his defence is sound.
It was ironic that Kelly carved up Kyogle with five tries as the Turkeys' upset victory over South Grafton two weeks ago was highlighted by outstanding young fullback Shannon Walker, who scored five tries that afternoon.
Walker is another product of the Northern Rivers Under-18 team this season and a former team-mate of Kelly. However, he wasn't on the field to face the rampant Kelly as he played in the Under-18s game and didn't back up for first grade.
But the duo did trade tries in the junior match.
Ballina led only 14-12 at half-time but the home team piled on 28 points in the second half to comfortably secure the two competition points.
Besides Kelly, second-rower Corey Windle, lock Josh Mather and centre Justin Bolt were others to stand out.
Prop Christian Mene was the pick of the Kyogle effort, while centre Simon Pederson tried hard and scored all his side's points.
BALLINA 42 (Clarence Kelly 5, Matt Thompson 2, Ben Crawford, Matt Slattery tries; Justin Bolt 3 goals) d KYOGLE 12 (Simon Pederson 2 tries; Simon Pederson 2 goals).
Reserve grade: BALLINA 32 (Victor Williams, Clayton Morris, Des Anderson, Sione Tonga, Ray Welsh, Les Roberts tries; Des Anderson 3, Brad Lyons goals) d KYOGLE 4 (Kurt Creighton try).
Under-18s: BALLINA 18 (Tom Court, Clarence Kelly, Josh Peterson, Ed Killingbeck tries; Rob Miles goal) d KYOGLE 4 (Shannon Walker, Boyd Walker tries: Craig Simpson goal).