Rivals gearing up for a demo derby
TO say tonight’s Local Derby Shield will have plenty of feeling would be an understatement.
These two teams – Casino and Kyogle – have serious beef.
The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League western derby pits two desperate teams against each other with one to remain winless and anchored to the foot of the competition ladder while the other could kick-start their sputtering season.
There are the Falls brothers – Luke and Trav – who are Casino boys lining up against their old club.
There is the return of Chad Pearce, who will add further starch to Casino’s bulging pack.
And then there is the fire lit by confrontational Turkeys prop Alex Farrell.
“Oh yeah, it’s going to be a wild one,” Farrell said.
“They are all pumped up for Beef Week but we are going to come out and just give it to them – silence them from go.”
Never one to take a backward step, the 22-year-old local junior bleeds Turkey blood.
And didn’t his eyes light up when told his old sparring partner Pearce would be donning the Cougar maroon for the first time this season.
“That’s great news,” he said.
“Chad and I have had our share of run-ins on and off the field over the years – looking forward to it.”
Casino coach and veteran of almost two decades of the rivalry, Dene Petty, knows his men will have to fight fire with fire.
Petty still remembers the first time he took on the Turkeys way back in 1989.
“I still have the forearm indentations of the Walker brothers, Sam and Audley, imprinted on my forehead from my first hit-up,” Petty said.
“This rivalry is a willing one and has been keenly contested to this day and will be for some time to come.”
It was Petty and Kyogle’s ‘Luther’ O’Reilly who gave birth to the concept of the rival clubs playing for a named piece of silverware. Tonight they will again be on opposite sides as each club strives for dominance.
The match at Queen Elizabeth Park will be preceded by the reserve grade and Under-18s, with the first match from 6pm.