Scott makes up for lost time in local Rugby League
By STEVE SPINKS
DESPITE missing the early rounds Marist Brothers second-rower Luke Scott is the leader of the Retravision Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Player of the Year award following last weekend's action.
The former North Queensland Cowboys forward has been strong for the Brethren as the Lismore team has fought their way into the top five.
But the fact that Scott, on 17 points, is leading the award makes his feat even more impressive considering he missed many of the first weeks.
Hot on his heels is former Rams team-mate Graham Smallwood (15) who is having a bumper season for South Tweed.
A former centre, Smallwood has been a revelation at lock since switching clubs.
The two have stolen a march on the rest of the competition, but Lower Clarence forward Ryan Binge (13), Murwillumbah's Ben White (11), and Ballina's Andrew Battese (10) and Dylan Montgomery (10) all remain in contention with six rounds remaining.
Battese is still eligible for Under-18s, making his efforts for the competition topping Seagulls notable.
Voting will become secret next week, keeping the players on their toes for the rest of the season.
The winner of the award will receive $5000 worth of whitegoods from Retravision. Local ladders
First grade: Ballina 22, Mullumbimby 21, Tweed Coast Raiders 20, Marist Brothers 18, Byron Bay 17, Murwillumbah 16, South Tweed Heads 15, Lower Clarence 14, Casino RSM 12, Kyogle 11, Grafton Ghosts 10, Cudgen 4, South Grafton 2.
Reserve grade: Ballina 22, Murwillumbah 22, Lower Clarence 21, Mullumbimby 17, Marist Brothers 15, Byron Bay 13, South Tweed Heads 13, Casino RSM 11, Evans Head 10, Tweed Coast Raiders 10, Cudgen 9, Grafton Ghosts 7, Kyogle 4, South Grafton 2.
Under-18s: Marist Brothers 26, Mullumbimby 20, Ballina 19, Tweed Coast Raiders 19, South Tweed Heads 18, Murwillumbah 16, Casino RSM 14, South Grafton 14, Grafton Ghosts 13, Lower Clarence 11, Kyogle 7, Byron Bay 3, Cudgen 2.