GOING AT IT: Wollongbar-Alstonville and Bangalow match up at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.
GOING AT IT: Wollongbar-Alstonville and Bangalow match up at Lyle Park, Wollongbar. Patrick Gorbunovs

Bulls up for the fight

DESPITE a 62-0 drubbing against Lennox Head in their first game of the season, the Casino Bulls won't be throwing in the towel anytime soon.

New coach Joe Mohammed believes his young team can turn things around as soon as this weekend against the Southern Cross University Gold Rats at Maurie Ryan Oval, Lismore.

"I had a heap of young blokes playing on the weekend and we were a bit short," Mohammed said.

"We spoke about it at training and no one is down or giving up.

"We set a goal at the start of the year to win five of our first eight and we can obviously still do that."

Mohammed is in his 20th year at the club and said he might put the boots back on with the club struggling for numbers. They don't have a second grade team but are hopeful of scraping some more players together for the smaller President's Cup competition.

The Bulls still have plenty of talent in their first grade side including prop Craig Connolly, flanker Carl Tahutu, No 8 Ben Osbourne and halfback Stephen Murchie.

"We've struggled to get a second grade side for about three years now," Mohammed said.

"Even in the juniors we've gone from eight teams to three; I don't know what's going on.

The way the competition draw is doesn't make it any easier for the Bulls.

Their under-19s played in Wollongbar at the weekend and had to send a handful of players to Lennox Head after the game.

"We're not going to worry about what other teams are doing," Mohammed said. "We'll stick to our structure and work on a game plan."

In other games this Saturday, Ballina has it first home game of the season against Bangalow at Quays Reserve, Ballina.

Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers will look to bounce back against Byron Bay at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.

Lennox Head is at home again against Grafton at Quays Reserve, Ballina.

Lismore City will have the bye.



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