Byron Bay Rugby League player Simon Kelly.
Byron Bay Rugby League player Simon Kelly. File

No love lost as Devils face Gulls

BYRON BAY Red Devils front-rower Simon Kelly isn't expecting any dinner from his fiancée after the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League clash against the Ballina Seagulls, at Kingsford Smith Ballina, tomorrow afternoon.

Kelly is engaged to the opposition prop's sister but would love nothing more than to get a shot on him.

"It's always interesting coming up against Mick Foster," Kelly said.

"I think he'll come off the bench and I know if I smash him I probably won't be getting any dinner after the game

"It's a good rivalry against Ballina and once the whistle goes she's on."

Kelly, 29, returned to the Red Devils this season after having a year off and a shoulder reconstruction.

The former captain-coach says it's been an easy transition back into first grade without having to worry about the additional responsibilities of coaching this season.

"I'm still finding my feet again but I'm feeling fresh," Kelly said.

"It was a bit of a relief not to have to worry about anything off the field and the club has done a great job getting all three grades back on the park this season.

"I work at Tweed Heads and to be a first grade coach I think you need to be accessible to everyone during the week.

"But all my mates are here and it's just a good place to be at the moment."

Ballina had an impressive 38-12 victory against Mullumbimby last weekend but has struggled to get on the paddock at training this week because of the wet weather.

The two sides are hard to split with the bench likely to play a factor in who walks away with the two competition points.

The Red Devils have Chris Coleman, Eli Colby and Charles King at their disposal, while Ballina have a fresh Kane Montgomery and Nathan Hoey on their bench.

"I think Byron Bay will be the real surprise package of the competition," Ballina coach Greg Barnes said.

"We've had a good team talk and done about as much as we can in the rain this week."

Despite going down 23-10 against Murwillumbah last weekend, Red Devils coach Tobin Cupples is confident they can bounce back tomorrow.

"I played juniors at Ballina and lot of guys have chopped and changed between both clubs," he said.

"We played the minor premiers in the rain first up last weekend and it was only a late try that sealed it. As the season warms up so will we."

Kick-off is 3pm.



Ballina: 1 Ben Robinson, 2 Chris Dooley, 3Fred Pitt, 4 Luke Simpson, 5 Tyrone Kelly, 6 Brett Kelly, 7Niko Roberts, 8 Rory Skinner, 9 Andrew Battese, 10 Dean French, 11 Greg Ryan, 12 Simon Perkins, 13 Alwyn Roberts

Byron Bay: 1 Ryan O'Connell, 2 Duane Cahill, 3 Chris King, 4 Jeremy Roberts, 5 James Harrington, 6 Jared De Thierry, 7 Cameron Gibson, 8 Simon Kelly, 9 Cale Rowston, 10 Jason Hackett, 11 Luke Pettit, 12 Ben Molloy, 13 Ben Webber

Mullumbimby: 1 Brock Caruth, 2 Tom McQueen, 3 Hugh Salisbury, 4 Eden Syme, 5 Sean Watkins, 6 Dan Woods, 7 Aaron Both, 8 Rob Hardacre, 9 Luke Webber, 10 Max Binkley, 11 Grant Cook, 12 Josh Castellano, 13 Jacob Fransisco

Northern United: 1 Nathaniel Reguira, 2 Josh Benn, 3 Tennyson Strong, 4 Dan Randall, 5 Joel Roberts, 6 Roy Bell, 7 Tim Green, 8 Dave Fernando, 9 Willie Hammond, 10 Les Roberts, 11 Jirra Breckenridge, 12 James Roberts, 13 Kayan Davis.

Kyogle Turkeys: 1 Sam Nicholson, 2 Lachlan Crawter, 3 Jono Macilai, 4 Marshall Leisha, 5 Courtney Nagas, 6 Isaac Royal, 7 Todd Newton, 8 Cameron Mulchay, 9 Simon Pederson, 10 Travis Falls, 11 Brenton Thomas, 12 Donny Walker, 13 Ryan Daley

Casino Cougars: 1 Teate Jackon, 2 Ben Birney, 3 Todd Johnson, 4 Kurt Ruttley, 5 Rohan Hyde, 6 Matty Roberts, 7 Nathan Conroy, 8 Luke Scott, 9 Scott Gibson, 10 Bryce Patton, 11 George Clarke, 12 Damian Benn, 13 Caleb McIntyre

Evans Head: 1 Aaron Scells, 2 Tom Martin, 3 Lloyd Lowah, 4 Brayden Vickery, 5 Terry Kelly, 6 Liam Duffy, 7 Luke Turner, 8 Tim Tregidgo, 9 Adam Hollis, 10 Al Campbell, 11 Eli Cook, 12 Nathan Williams, 13 Josh Cook

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