Rams big day of league

WHETHER you’re a Rams fan or you barrack for the Bombers, there is only one place to be today.

Crozier Field, Lismore, will host a mammoth day of rugby league starting with Under-10s at 9am and culminating in the NRRRL first-grade match between Marist Brothers and Evans Head at 5.45pm.

Ten games of footy might seem surplus for some but Brothers treas-urer Greg Stewart knows there are plenty of clubmen who call it heaven.

“We have a big family focus through our club,” Stewart said.

“There are plenty of father-and-son combinations who play or are involved in the club, and today they can all come together.”

On the field, Brothers coach David Krause knows his men are almost in ‘must win’ territory.

Sitting equal second, but with five teams a win or less behind, Krause wants to stay in control of his own destiny.

“If we lose a game we fall back into the pack and risk falling out of the top five,” he said.

“But unlike some of the other clubs who must rely on teams to lose, at least we are still in control of where we finish – if we keep winning we finish in the top three.”

Krause’s cavalry of injured players is starting to make its way back into the side at the right end of the season.

Cameron Paine’s broken thumb won’t allow him to play again this year, but Jack Woods has dodged what looked a serious ankle injury to take his place.

Dylan Coleman returns today, while Jack Durheim, Rod McFarlane, Anthony Godson and Nick DeGiusti are due back next week.

The Bombers, meanwhile, have all but abandoned hope of the finals – even winning their remaining five games wouldn’t guarantee them a spot – and gone experimental.

Some of their better performed players have switched positions with an eye to discovering new combinations for the future.

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