Roy one of the boys

By STEVE SPINKS

SOUTH Sydney Rabbitoh Roy Bell was the star attraction at the ninth annual Cabbage Tree Island Aboriginal rugby league knockout at Ballina at the weekend. The diminutive fullback, who was the lightest player in the NRLthis season, turned out for Tabulam 1 and immediately made an impact on the tournament. However, his presence wasn't enough to help his home town win the Cabbage Tree Island Dick Roberts and Tim Rhodes Memorial Shield. That went to Northern United along with the $4000 prize money after they defeated Tabulam 1 22-16 in the final. According to tournament organiser Des Anderson, it wasn't only the Tabulam boys who were glad to see Bell return for the tournament. Matured "It was good to see him come back," Anderson said. "He's matured a lot as a footballer. "We have a lot of young talent running around here I wish some of them would go back down to Sydney with him." Player of the series was massive prop Les Roberts, while Bell was the player of the grand final despite being in a losing team. Best back was Ray Mercy who played for Tabulam 1 and best forward was Alwyn Roberts who played for Northern United. "It was a great family weekend," Anderson said. Most of the seven teams that competed at Ballina will head to Sydney in October to compete in the National Aborigine Knockout Tournament. Anderson acknowledged the support of local businesses and corporations such as the Bundjalung Aborigine Corporation, The Royal Hotel Wardell, Jali Lands Council, Mowers and More Ballina, Alstonville Electrician, Raymond's Plumbing Services, Ballina Rugby League Club and Ballina Shire Council.



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