TRY TIME: Former Gold Coast Titans halfback Albert Kelly has played at the Lismore Aboriginal rugby league knockout carnival in the past.
TRY TIME: Former Gold Coast Titans halfback Albert Kelly has played at the Lismore Aboriginal rugby league knockout carnival in the past.

Rugby league knockout comes to Lismore

Northern Star sports editor Mitchell Craig looks at some of the best players who have taken part in the Lismore Aboriginal rugby league knockout carnival

Albert Kelly, Bundjalung Baygal Warriors

Kelly was all class and played in the carnival while he was still under contract at the Gold Coast Titans after the 2013 season.

He has family links on the Northern Rivers and scored a try in the final.

Ant Cowan, Bundjalung Baygal Warriors

Kelly may have starred in 2013 but it was Cowan who walked away with as player of the carnival when they beat Cubawee Connections in the final.

The former NSW Country representative scored a try in the final off the back of two individual chip and chase kicks and a regather over the tryline.

Josh Cook, Tabulam Turtle Divers

It is not just all razzle dazzle at the carnival with hard-working lock picking up the top player award in 2014.

It was all Tabulam that year in a side which boasted Roy Bell, Ray Mercy and Fred Waters.

Tyrone Roberts, Arakwal

Titans halfback Tyrone Roberts has been a regular over the years and Byron Bay-based Arakwal are always strong when he is in the team.

Roberts not only scores tries but can set plenty up for the players around him.

Brian Kelly, Cabbage Tree Island

Only a few weeks before he picked up an NRL contract with Manly Brian Kelly played for Cabbage Tree Island last year.

He scored plenty of tries as the team made it as far as the semi-finals.

The popular Preston Campbell also made an appearance last year while NRL winger Edrick Lee also played in recent years.

This weekend

There will be a record 20 teams contest the carnival at Crozier Field, Lismore this weekend.

Games will be played over two days and there will $10,000 up for grabs with $2000 for the runner-up.

A host of local teams will compete with an influx of teams from the Mid North Coast expected to bring plenty of supporters.

Teams include Bowraville, Casino, Cubawee Connections, Dunghutti, Kempsey, Lismore, Muli Muli and Tabulam.

Games start 8.30am today with a $10 entry fee with a 9am start and $5 fee tomorrow.

Southern Cross University has come on as a major sponsor this year with post-game entertainment at the Lismore Workers Club.



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