Marist Brothers’ Leon King gets his skates on in the match against Grafton Ghosts at Crozier Field yesterday.
Marist Brothers’ Leon King gets his skates on in the match against Grafton Ghosts at Crozier Field yesterday. JERAD WILLIAMS

Ghosts spook Brothers

GRAFTON Ghosts and Marist Brothers certainly brought the biff back into rugby league yesterday.

While their terse exchange in the form of fisticuffs in their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League match at Crozier Field, Lismore, yesterday didn’t quite rival those that make NRL’s State of Origin famous, it did add some extra on-field entertainment.

Rams coach David Krause said it didn’t happen very often.

“No one was hurt, but people like a bit of biff,” he said with a bit of a smile.

On-field, the first-placed Ghosts certainly showed why they are top of the ladder.

The Rams were spooked out of a conversion by the Ghosts, which led 6-4 at half time. And by full-time, the Ghosts had crept ahead to win 13-4.

Krause said the match was ‘a good, tough game’.

“Our effort was great but we gave them too much possession and only got down their end of the field four to five times,” he said. “And they took advantage of that.”

But there were some solid performances from the Rams, particularly from forward Simon Andrews.

Krause said Brendan Brooke and Jake Campbell also put in some good work for the team.

Despite a few little things getting in the way of a win, Krause was more than happy with the Rams’ defence.

“Defensively we were first rate, but we’ll work on the attack,” he said.

Thriller ends in a draw

BALLINA and Byron Bay could not be separated after 80 minutes of football in their Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League match at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday.

And at the full-time hooter, both sides were 30 points apiece.

The Seagulls led at half-time 18-10 after which Byron Bay regained the lead, 22-18.

The lead changed several times before the buzzer beat both teams in a match described as a thriller.

With a Ballina ‘Old Boys’ reunion, there was no shortage of cheering for the Seagulls.

“There were plenty on the hill giving good support,” club life member Bill Wilson said.

The draw has left both the Devils and the Seagulls on 13 points each on the league ladder.

Dirawongs back in winners’ circle

NORTHERN United turned the tables on growing rivals Mullumbimby at Mullumbimby to win their NRRRL match 35-22 on Saturday.

Dirawongs coach Chris Binge said the result would keep his team in a high position come finals.

“The forwards set a good platform and we got a pretty good result,” he said.

The win came despite some last-minute changes to the side due to injury and other commitments, and Binge was happy with the team’s effort.

“They definitely stepped up,” Binge said.

“We played a complete game of footy, but there’s still some room for improvement.”

Binge said the battle against the Giants was tough.

“They’re a good team, and it’s always a hard task to beat them up at Mullumbimby,” he said.

But the Dirawongs proved too good, leading 17-10 at half time before scoring another two tries in the second half.

Bombers triumph 

EVANS Head were expecting a tough game against home side Tweed Coast yesterday; they got it and they also got the points.

The Bombers came out on top with a 26-12 win over the Raiders.

Home game no advantage 

CASINO RSM were defeated in all grades at home yesterday to Murwillumbah.

Playing at home appeared to be no advantage for the senior Cougars, which went down to the Mustangs 33-26.



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