SLICK PASSING: Willy Hammond was in great form for Northern United yesterday as his side racked up a convincing win over Mullumbimby. The 32-point win came too late to help United make this season’s play-offs.
SLICK PASSING: Willy Hammond was in great form for Northern United yesterday as his side racked up a convincing win over Mullumbimby. The 32-point win came too late to help United make this season’s play-offs. Marc Stapelberg

Centre’s hat-trick as United thump Mullum

ANTHONY Robinson is already eyeing an improved 2014 for his Northern United side after finishing the season in superb style.

The impressive centre scored a hat-trick as his side rounded off its Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League campaign this year with a 58-26 thumping of Mullumbimby.

Yesterday's victory was too late for United, who have missed out on a place in this year's finals after an inconsistent year.

It was a first treble for the club for Robinson, who has already identified the missing ingredient needed for his team to improve next year.

"Commitment," he said. "We have got to get that commitment and discipline.

"If we get that, hopefully we can get the results.

"It was a good way to finish the season for us. We are happy with that."

The match at Lismore's Crozier Field was effectively over as a contest after United raced to a 34-0 lead at the break.

The Giants at least clawed back some respectability with an improved second-half display, but United had already done enough to claim a comfortable win.

Willy Hammond was another of the day's stars, claiming a try and kicking seven goals for the hosts.

"I'm looking forward to next year," he said.

"Hopefully we can take the positives out of this win and build on them for next year."

The win means United finish a point and a single place outside the all-important top five this year.

Elsewhere over the weekend in NRRRL action, Kyogle Turkeys finished its season in style with a narrow 26-24 win over Casino Cougars.

Minor premiers Murwillumbah go into the semi-finals as the team to stop after a 34-16 victory over Marist Brothers.

Despite the loss, Brothers have finished fourth on the ladder and will have home advantage for the semi-final against Byron Bay next Sunday.

Evans Head Bombers' hopes of finishing the season strongly were demolished by rampant Grafton Ghosts. The Bombers, who were out of contention for the play-offs, were crushed 50-4 at Stan Payne Oval.

South Grafton consigned Lower Clarence Magpies to this season's wooden spoon with a thumping 66-12 win.

FINAL 2013 NRRRL LADDER (After 16 matches)

Murwillumbah - 28

Ballina - 25

Grafton - 24

Marist Brothers - 19

Byron - 19

Northern United - 18

Kyogle - 18

Evans Head - 13

Mullumbimby - 12

Casino - 10

South Grafton - 4

Lower Clarence - 2



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