Old Boys to spoil party

IT'S a Ballina Old Boys reunion on the hill at Kingsford Smith Park today, but a couple of ex-Seagulls are set to crash the party.

Ballina Seagulls Rugby League Football Club is dragging out the barby and setting up a marquee for the Cancer Council's annual fundraising efforts, dubbed Call To Arms.

And it will be a call to arms on the field as the Seagulls look to bounce back from last week's thumping and maintain their spot in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League top five.

But the Seagulls won't have an easy task as a few of their opponents from Byron Bay look to do some thumping of their own.

On the frontline for the visitors will be the Devils' very own bruise brothers, Matt Conner and Chris Coleman – both of whom became Devils this year after growing up as Seagulls players.

Meanwhile, in Lismore today, second-placed Marist Brothers will be up against first-placed Grafton Ghosts.

Rams coach David Krause said the time for talking about the game was over.

“We had a good week training so we're quietly confident,” he said.

“You don't want to be overconfident and cocky but we have the side to do it, and we have the firepower.”

Krause admitted that Grafton had been a strong side, but it would be a good day at Crozier Field.

“It's going to be a tough game, and we're making improvements,” he said.

“And it's always good to test yourself against the favourites.”

Despite a few players out with injuries, Krause said there were others who were back, fit and ready to play.

“The guys are rearing to go and we're really looking forward to it,” he said.

As an added bonus, fans wearing the Marist Brothers colours will be admitted to the game free of charge.

University students with their student card can also get through the gates for free.

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