MULLUMBIMBY has emerged as the team to beat heading into the second half of the Far North Coast water polo season.
They are six points clear on top of the ladder and have lost only one game after eight rounds of the competition.
Nathan Diehm scored six goals when the team beat Ballina 13-6 at Byron Bay this week.
Greg Milham finished the game with four goals while Chad Horne netted three for Ballina.
"Mullumbimby are a very experienced team and they have brought in some good younger players like Nathan Diehm,” FNC Water Polo president James Nunn said.
"Pim Hendrix does a great job in and out of the water with them and they've been a successful team for a number of seasons now.
"They play smart and manage to beat a lot of younger teams by the way they move the ball around.”
In other games, Byron Bay Wobbegongs proved too strong for Byron Bay Bullsharks, running away with an 11-4 win.
Taylor van Essen has been one of the most consistent players for Wobbegongs this season and he finished the game with four goals.
Captain Brendan Irwin and the powerful Rob Korac scored three goals each while Beau Monks finished with a double for Bullsharks.
Lennox Head is second on the ladder after a 7-6 win over the Alstonville Barry team.
"Lennox Head have been a bit of a surprise packet and Rese Emanuel has been the driving force there,” Nunn said.
"Alstonville and Ballina will only get better once the pools re-open and they get some training in.
"It will be great to have those facilities back and I'm sure it will help the Alstonville teams push towards Mullumbimby.”
There is one more game on Monday night, with the second half of the season starting on January 29.
Interested players can still sign on at a discounted fee for half the season.