Former teammates reunite in halves for Brothers
FORMER teammates Te Ate Jackson and Jamahl Roberts will reunite in the halves when Marist Brothers take on Kyogle in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League tomorrow.
The pair last played together in 2015 for Northern United, with Roberts to play his first game for the Rams at Crozier Field against the Turkeys.
Roberts had to find a new club and has stayed in Lismore even though the Dirrawongs are not part of the competition this year due to financial issues and ongoing debt.
He mainly played hooker and was one of the most consistent and long-serving players at the Dirrawongs, turning out every season since 2011.
Fullback David Jacky comes into the starting side while Jack Durheim is back at lock after playing five-eighth in a first-round loss to Tweed Coast.
The Turkeys are fielding a young team this year with one of their best players in recent seasons, Lachlan Crawter, captaining the side in the front row.
Centre Sam Nicholson can cover most positions in the backline while front-rower Deon Bianchetti and lock Angus Keys will lead the way in the forwards.
Kick-off is 3pm.
There will be plenty of emotion when Mullumbimby hosts defending premiers Murwillumbah for the Grant Cook Cup at Les Donnelly Field tomorrow.
It is the Mustangs' first game of the season and only the second time they have played since Cook died after collapsing on the sideline while playing in the preliminary final last year.
Coach Nathan Jordan said that while Cook meant so much to the club, his new-look side would try to harness their emotions leading into the game.
"We haven't spoken about it (the Grant Cook Cup) much as a group yet as it can get blokes' emotions too stirred up,” Jordan said.
"We'll take the same path as the grand final, but it would be great to win for him, for sure.”
"We're still a bit under- done, but we'll give some young guys a go.
"And we're still waiting on two or three players to add to the squad.
"Being a local derby, it will be a spiteful clash, and I'm sure it will be pretty spicy out there on the field.”
Kick-off is 3pm
Elsewhere, Evans Head host Byron Bay, Cudgen takes on Ballina at Kingscliff and Lower Clarence plays Casino at the Maclean Showground. Tweed Coast Raiders have the bye.