Honours to locals at Lismore knockout carnival
THERE were all shapes and sizes with different levels of ability at the annual Lismore Aboriginal rugby league knockout carnival at the weekend.
Cabbage Tree Island won the $10,000 event ahead of the New South Wales Rugby League Knockout in Sydney next weekend.
It beat the Casino All Blacks which was an original second division team with plenty of history.
"Cabbo had a pretty strong side but they were pretty much all local boys which was good to see,” event organiser Grantley Creighton said.
"I think they're one of the only teams going on to the state carnival and they finished fourth there last year so hopefully they can make the final this time.
"It was good for the elders to see a team like Casino with a fair bit of history going around again and making a final.”
Ballina junior and Manly centre Brian Kelly was part of the winning side, and former NRL halfback Chris Sandow played for Cubawee Connections.
Cabbage Tree Island captain and five-eighth Trevor Bolt was named player of the tournament, and halfback Kayan Davis produced another big performance.
Davis picked up player-of-the-tournament honours last year and plays Group 2 with South Grafton after spending some time at Northern United in NRRRL.
Brisbane Broncos centre and Ballina junior James Roberts was a spectator on Saturday after a semi-final win over Penrith Panthers in the NRL on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Kempsey United came out of the blocks firing and put 60 points on Dunghutti Broncos in its first game on Saturday.
It was a special carnival for Owen Blair who got the chance to play alongside his sons Owen junior and Stephen Blair.
"It was good to see a lot of younger players step up and get a go this year,” Creighton said.
"There is a really good feel about this carnival and there has been plenty of positive feedback.
"We were a bit stretched playing all the games at one ground (Crozier Field) and we'll look to get back on Oakes Oval next year when the redevelopment is done.”
Sunday featured the new women's competition which was won by the Kyogle Tiddas when they beat the Wharlabul Dubais 6-4.