Plenty of brotherly love
By STEVE SPINKS
IT was a case of brothers-in-tries at Oakes Oval yesterday afternoon.
Marist Brothers' Campbell brothers, Alan and Tom, had their own personal try shootout as the Brethren thrashed Kyogle 64-24 in round 14 of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
Debutant winger Tom and lock Alan both scored two tries.
But perhaps younger brother Tom can claim bragging rights after he played a full game of Under-18s before backing up for first grade.
The young winger played the first half in the top grade before being replaced at half-time.
But it didn't stop him enjoying his time outside the Brethren's flying Fijian centre Niko Vakararawa, who set him up for his double.
"Dale Witta (winger) went for a jog the other evening and hurt his knee so Tom came in," Brothers coach Craig Hodges said.
"He must be thinking first grade is pretty easy at the moment.
"He's normally a five-eighth in Under-18s but he's a good young footballer and one of the players we'll be pinning a few hopes on in the years to come."
It took Alan Campbell a few minutes into the second-half to even the ledger with his little brother.
"I think Al just thought he couldn't let him (Tom) get away," chuckled Hodges.
Just to confuse the matter further, there are two sets of Campbell brothers at Brothers.
Jake and Luke Campbell are also regular first graders with the Rams, but they aren't related to the other Campbell brothers.
Earlier, Marist Brothers skipped out to a 24-0 lead after only 20 minutes before Kyogle staged a mini-comeback courtesy of the try of the match.
Halfback Sam Daley made a break on the Kyogle 20 metre line before he found prop Christian Mene.
Mene off-loaded to five-eighth Josh Foley who dribbled a deliberate banana kick into the centre of the field which was sensationally picked up by hooker Todd Newton who scored under the black dot.
It was a magnificent try and a rare highlight for a well-beaten Turkeys outfit.
Kyogle reduced the deficit to 24-12 at one stage before surrendering to a 40-12 half-time scoreline.
In the second-half it was mostly one-way traffic as Brothers cruised to victory.
Brothers big men Chris Farrell, Tim Tredigo, Simon Andrews and Luke Scott laid the platform for the home team's win while centre Vakararawa and fullback Adrian Gooley stood out in the backs.
MARIST BROTHERS 64 (Tom Campbell 2, Alan Campbell 2, Adrian Gooley, Simon Andrews, Luke Scott, Brent Peterson, Jason King, Niko Vakararawa, Scott Gibson tries; Adrian Gooley 10) d KYOGLE 24 (Todd Newton, Christian Mene, Craig Simpson, Tom Ivanusa tries; Craig Simpson 3, Sam Daley goals).
Reserve grade: MARIST BROTHERS 52 (Jason King 3, Luke Campbell 2, Colin Keane 2, Ben Walsh, Tim Green, Rhys Appo tries; Jason King 5, James Roberts goals) d KYOGLE 10 (Justin Williams, Charlie Ord tries; Steve Byers goal).
Under-18s: KYOGLE 24 (Matt Ivanusa, Will Mathews, Brent Keast, Michael Walker, Ryan Daley tries; Craig Simpson 2 goals) d BALLINA 14 (James Roberts, Steve Roberts, Benn Wright tries; James Roberts goal).