MORE THAN A HANDFUL: It took at least five players to stop Tabulam’s Ray Mercy during the Tabulam v Cubawee game at the Aboriginal knockout carnival at Crozier Oval, Lismore.
MORE THAN A HANDFUL: It took at least five players to stop Tabulam’s Ray Mercy during the Tabulam v Cubawee game at the Aboriginal knockout carnival at Crozier Oval, Lismore. Nolan Verheij-Full

Knee injury fails to stop Roy Bell

HIS Tabulam teammates did not need to look much further for inspiration when Roy Bell took the field in the Aboriginal rugby league knockout carnival in Lismore at the weekend.

Bell turned 30 this year and if recent form is anything to go by, he is only getting better with age.

He played through a knee injury in the second half of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition and was part of the Casino Cougars team that made the semi-finals.

His resilience was again rewarded when his team won the knockout carnival on Sunday.

Cubawee lock Don Walker offloads a pass during the Tabulam v Cubawee match in the Aboriginal knockout carnival at Crozier Oval, Lismore.
Cubawee lock Don Walker offloads a pass during the Tabulam v Cubawee match in the Aboriginal knockout carnival at Crozier Oval, Lismore. Nolan Verheij-Full

"I think the longer the season goes the better it (the knee) gets," Bell said.

"I'm looking forward to starting off fresh next season, though. I'll definitely play a lot better than what I did this year.

"It was hard to keep up with some the young blokes in the knockout."

Bell played his part in the final as Tabulam beat Cabbage Tree Island 27-10.

Tabulam’s Ryan Walker narrowly misses a tackle from Adrian Davis during the Tabulam v Cubawee match at the Aboriginal knockout carnival.
Tabulam’s Ryan Walker narrowly misses a tackle from Adrian Davis during the Tabulam v Cubawee match at the Aboriginal knockout carnival. Nolan Verheij-Full

He will play in the coming NSW knockout carnival at Raymond Terrace before a well-earned off-season.

The Northern United club organised a well-run carnival, with plenty of spectators enjoying the two days of competition.

Bell and his Tabulam team dedicated the win to Alex Walker, who broke his neck two years ago in a knockout carnival at Byron Bay.



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