Who needs Milton?
By STEVE SPINKS
"WHO needs Milton Thaiday?"
That was the cheeky reaction of Ballina coach Chris Binge after the Seagulls belted South Grafton 66-20 in the fourth round of Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, yesterday.
Thaiday, the former NSW Waratah who signed mid-week and played with the Newcastle Knights yesterday, was hardly missed as the Seagulls ran in 12 tries to four.
Thaiday's replacement in the centres, teenager Mitch Aubusson, scored four tries and had a sensational game.
However, he was usurped as player of the match by debutante run-on prop James Rix.
The Ballina Under-18 captain was brilliant.
"I've never seen a debut like it," Ballina president Bill Wilson said.
"He played the full 80 minutes and he was running as strong at the end of the match as he was at the start.
"I went down to congratulate Chris Binge, who needs to take a lot of credit for the way the boys are playing, and he looked at me, gave me a big wink and said 'Who needs Milton Thaiday?'"
Hooker Matt Temby was another to star with a hat-trick of tries.
BALLINA 66 (Mitch Aubusson 4, Matt Temby 3, Clayton Morris 2, Josh Mather, Les Roberts, Mick Foster tries; Shaun Laurie 8 goals James Rix goals) d SOUTH GRAFTON 20 (Ray Mercy 2, Doug Walker, Dave Purcell tries; Doug Walker 2 goals).
Reserve grade: BALLINA 48 (Phil Alley 3, Rob Anderson, Victor Williams, Joe O'Connor tries; Des Anderson 6, Rob Anderson 2 goals) d SOUTH GRAFTON 14 (Adam Shields 2, Travis Daley tries; Alan Walker goal).
Under-18s: BALLINA 38 (Rick Blatchley 2, Clarence Kelly, Ben Crawford, Tim Foster, Chris Logan, Sam Payne tries; Rob Miles 3, Andrew Battese, Sam Payne goals) d SOUTH GRAFTON 22 (Michael Randall 2, Dale Eamans, Billy Hodge, David Fernando tries; Dale Eamans goal).