Mullumbimby’s Grant Cooke is tackled by Northern United’s Marshall Leisha in Lismore on Saturday.
Mullumbimby’s Grant Cooke is tackled by Northern United’s Marshall Leisha in Lismore on Saturday. David Nielsen

NRRRL Charity Shield kicks off

THREE local clubs remain in the hunt for the NRRRL Ballina RSL Club Charity Shield after the first round of games at the weekend.

Last year’s premiership runners-up Northern United, the new-look Kyogle and Ballina Seagulls are still in contention, while the remainder will play for a minor share of the $10,000 kitty.

The Dirawongs were largely untroubled by Mullumbimby and ran away 30-16 winners at Crozier Field in Lismore on Saturday.

New captain-coach Don Walker scored a try in his debut for the Bush Turkeys as they disposed of Casino 36-26 in the local derby,while Ballina fought out a tough 26-16 win over Marist Brothers.

In other games, Murwill-umbah pipped Byron Bay 20-18; Evans Head fought hard but lost to Grafton Ghosts 24-16; and Cudgen scraped past Tweed Coast Raiders 22-16.

The second round of the Charity Shield will be played on April 10-11.



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