MAIN: Northern United’s Brett Kelly (left) puts the chase on Grafton’s Ray Mercy at the Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival at Crozier Field, Lismore, at the weekend.
MAIN: Northern United’s Brett Kelly (left) puts the chase on Grafton’s Ray Mercy at the Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout Carnival at Crozier Field, Lismore, at the weekend. David Nielsen

United's eyes on a bigger prize

NORTHERN UNITED may have been beaten in Sunday's NRRRL decider but their eyes are set on another prize at the upcoming NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout tournament in Armidale.

With $50,000 up for grabs for the eventual winners, United will assemble a star-studded team that will include several members of its grand final team as well as some key invited guests.

One of the stars coming back to play for United is West Tigers forward Daine Laurie while they should also be able to count on Newcastle under-20s player Tyrone Roberts and Penrith under-20s player Ali Beale.

United will also be able to call upon Group 4 player of the year Brenton Cochrane and the man that kicked the winning field goal against in the NRRRL grand final on Sunday, Lower Clarence Magpies fullback Grant Brown.

Add to the mix regular first graders like Roy Bell, Alwyn Roberts and Clarence Kelly and you have a pretty potent mix.

The side will be completely different from the one which bowed out of the local Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout in Lismore over the weekend.

Northern United reached the semi-finals of the tournament, along with Grafton, Mulli Mulli and the Kempsey Connections.

Kempsey ran out comfortable winners, 42-10.



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