ON THE BALL: Ballina Bears spinner Jonny Phelps prepares to field from his own bowling in the Hooker League match against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday.
ON THE BALL: Ballina Bears spinner Jonny Phelps prepares to field from his own bowling in the Hooker League match against Tintenbar-East Ballina at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, on Saturday. Marc Stapelberg

Marist Brothers showing it can mix it with the best

IT'S been six long years since Lismore club Marist Brothers made the semi-finals in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League cricket but their latest dry spell could be about to end.

They upset defending premiers and competition favourites Cudgen on their own turf at Kingscliff on Saturday to confirm the Brethren's rating as one of the form teams this season.

Other winners in the round of one-day games were Lennox Head, Tintenbar-East Ballina and Pottsville.

Marist Brothers last made the play-offs in 2009-10, when they sneaked past Ballina Bears in their semi before losing to the Casino Cavaliers in the final.

Their only other appearances since the inception of the competition in 1994-95 were in the inaugural season, then two years later when they won their only premiership by defeating Eastern Districts in the final.



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