Marist Brothers to take on Raiders
MARIST BROTHERS will turn back the clock when they head into enemy territory to take on Tweed Coast Raiders in Round 6 NRRRL action tomorrow.
The Rams will field four second generation clubmen whose fathers won the 1992 premiership.
Jake Campbell (son of Steve), Jack Durheim (Jason), Mitchell Krause (David) and James Whitby (Craig) will look to revive memories of the Marist Brothers side that was such a force through the 1990s.
Bookend Cameron Paine returns from a two-week lay-off to lead the forwards into battle, but it isn’t all good news at the club.
Dynamic fullback Chris DeGiusti is out for a minimum three weeks after discovering at training he had broken his collarbone in the win over Lower Clarence three weeks ago.
In other games tomorrow:
Byron Bay captain-coach Simon Kelly has labelled the Red Devils’ assignment against the Rhinos in Grafton as a must win clash.
The Bay opened the season with three wins but has lost its past two under a crippling injury toll.
Backline weapons Brad Lees, Jared De Thierry, Clarence Kelly, Bill Lowrie and Scott Stapleton are all out of the game for various reasons, but Kelly says his forward pack is as strong as can be.
“It is up to us to go down and rip in if we are to win this game,” Kelly said.
“We need to stay in touch with the top teams and that means winning this game.”
Top-of-the-table Ballina Seagulls have been able to name a largely unchanged line-up to travel to Murwillumbah.
Joel Roberts comes into the centres for Robbie Miles while barnstorming back-rower Damian Sironen is on representative duty.
Assistant coach Greg Barnes said that while many were praising his side’s attack – they have topped 30 points in all five games in 2010 – it was the defence most impressing coaching staff.
“The way we managed to hold our line last week was unbelievable,” Barnes said.
“If we can continue to do that we will be hard to beat.”
Mullumbimby faces the giant task of knocking off competition leaders Ghosts at Grafton.
Troy McArthur has been relegated to reserve grade after an unhappy time at the back against Ballina last Sunday.
James Chester shifts to fullback and 16-year-old Matt Mulcahy come on to the bench.
“Matt will spend plenty of time at the back,” manager Phil Parker said.
Luke Woods, Brett Hazlett and Adam Colbert are all carrying injuries and are still a chance to be ruled out but will be given until just before kick-off.
Casino will have their first chance to post back-to-back wins when they clash with the winless Lower Clarence Magpies at the Maclean Showground.
But coach Dean Petty isn’t expecting an easy game.
“We played them in a trial and they hammered us,” Petty said.
“So we will be looking for some revenge.”
The Cougars welcome back custodian Kev Wills after a month on the sidelines with broken ribs.
His inclusion allows captain and playmaker Matt Roberts to slot back into his preferred No 6 jersey.
Pommie hooker James Barker makes his first appearance since being crowned Mr Beef at Casino Beef Week celebrations.
Northern United has lost rumbling prop Les Roberts to a knee injury for the clash with Cudgen in Lismore.
Coach Chris Binge said his side was finding its feet as a unit and he would again look to back-rowers James Roberts and Marshall Leisha to punch holes on the edges.