Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League's unsung heroes

THESE players might not have scored the most tries or played representative rugby league this year but they were crucial to their respective teams.

One player has been selected from each team with players who won awards at the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League presentation not coming under consideration.

Next week we will take a look at the unsung heroes from Far North Coast Rugby Union before the top five sporting moments of the month at the end of November.

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Ballina

LYAM IBLE

A tough second rower who played 17 games this season.

Ible got through a mountain of work in a team that boasted one of the best forward packs in the competition.

Murwillumbah

MARK O'GRADY

Steered the ship at Murwillumbah this year and helped get his side to the grand final.

He was back-up goal kicker for winger Toby McIntosh who also had a great season.

Evans Head

MATT TOOLE

The young hooker had a great season in a rejuvenated Evans Head side.

The Bombers made it all the way to the preliminary final and Toole will be better off for the experience.

Northern United

DJAAN JARRETT

A leader in the Dirawongs forward pack who excelled this season.

Jarrett was a big reason United were back in the semi-finals for the first time since 2011.

Cudgen

CALEB ZIEBELL

There is some serious talent in the Cudgen team and front-rower Caleb Ziebell is up there with the best.

Ziebell is also a handy cricketer who won the Player of the Year in Far North Coast LJ Hooker League last summer.

Casino

JAMES ROBERTS

It was a shame Casino did not get to play semi-finals this year with a host of talented players they had in the side.

Roberts was a standout in the second-row after coming across from Northern United.

Byron Bay

JOE GORDON

Gordon produced one of his best seasons in the NRRRL at Byron Bay this year.

A determined second-rower with clever footwork who also took on the goal-kicking duties.

Marist Brothers

DARRYL BUTCHER

Butcher continued to punch out powerful performances for the Rams.

He rarely misses a game and is always among their best.

Mullumbimby

TODD ARTHUR

Another second-rower who worked overtime this season.

Arthur played 14 games in a team hampered by injuries.

Kyogle

DON WALKER

It is hard to go past veteran lock Don Walker in another team who were decimated by injuries.

Walker was one of only three players who managed to play all 15 games for the Turkeys

Lower Clarence

GRANT BROWN

Brown has been back with the Magpies for two seasons and is always a leader on the field.

The Magpies need to lift next season to reward the hard work of Brown and front-rower Ryan Binge.



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