The Murwillumbah Mustangs are preparing themselves for a grand final match against Cudgen despite the death of their teammate Grant Cook during the semi-final against the Casino Cougars on Sunday afternoon.
Police will prepare a report for the Coroner after the death of a man during a rugby league match at Murwillumbah yesterday (Sunday September 11).
Winning becomes a habit. The Evans Head Bombers, an honest but not outstanding team, have acquired it. Byron Bay’s Red Devils have gone cold turkey on it.
My dad was a man of few words, but he had an expression: ‘what you need is a good kick up the arse’.
All of a sudden, the threat of the wooden spoon looms larger than the prospect of a finals berth for the Byron Bay Red Devils.
Footy teams strive to make a fortress of their home ground. Playing in familiar surrounds, in front of one-eyed tragics, without having to travel far and wide, is the ideal scenario in rugby league-land.
It’s easy to be a smart arse after the event, isn’t it?
The Byron Bay Red Devils are at a psychological low ebb and the last thing they need is for the boot to be put into them.
It is acknowledged by most sports fans that contests are won and lost in the head as much as on the field...
It’s not easy for a footy team to exude confidence when its hopes of participating in the finals have virtually gone down the drain.
At the beginning of Gladiator, confronted by the Germanic tribes baring their arses at the Roman legions, Quintus says to Maximus, ‘some people just don’t know when they’re beaten’.
Byron Bay, after stunning the NRRRL Premiers at Ballina in Round One, were unable to repeat the dose when the Murwillumbah Mustangs came to Red Devil Park on Sunday.
‘Get ’em onside!’ That raucous cry is the footy tragic’s equivalent of the first cuckoo of spring. In the opening round of the new NRRRL season at Les Donnelly Field on Saturday, it was heard virtually before anybody had raised a sweat.
Trailing 17–6 at the break, Byron’s Red Devils stuck doggedly to the task and kept the Ballina Seagulls scoreless in the second half of Sunday’s NRRRL grand final at Kingsford Smith Park. The only trouble was the Seagulls did the same to them.
The grand final of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League started with a huge push from underdogs the Byron Bay Red Devil’s yesterday at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina, but the lads seemed to use all their steam up in... Read More →
Byron Bay’s thrilling late-season surge has carried them to within one victory of a memorable premiership triumph.
The Red Devils were dead and buried. With less than two minutes on the clock and Mount Warning looming dourly on the horizon, the boys were trailing the Murwillumbah Mustangs by 30–26 in the knockout semi
One of the great attractions of bush footy (apart from there being no mind-numbing video replays) is the possibility that you might see something out of the box, something unheard of in the NRL.
On Sunday morning, regardless of the outcome of their away fixture at Casino, the Byron Bay Red Devils were almost assured of a top-three finish on the NRRRL ladder.
With the end of the season in sight, the NRRRL is looking toward finals. Celebrating 100 years of Rugby League in Byron Bay last weekend, the Red Devils hosted Lismore’s Marist Brothers ran the gauntlet in warm winter sunshine.
Bleak and cold and rainy. It was the sort of miserable Sunday that anybody with a modicum of common sense would have spent ensconced in front of the flat-screen watching his collection of John Wayne classics (starting with Rio Grand)
Tries were distributed generously among the Red Devils on Saturday as they easily accounted for Evans Head to the tune of 42–18.
Byron Bay has continued its progress towards a possible top-three spot in the NRRRL play-offs with Sunday’s hard-fought 26–16 victory over Mullumbimby.
It was not the sort of afternoon to have a delayed kick-off. But after an ugly incident in which the referee of reserve grade suffered intolerable abuse, the Northern United v Byron Bay NRRRL clash started twenty minutes late.
In their Round 12 NRRRL clash last Sunday, before a bumper parochial crowd nearing 7,009, Byron Bay found themselves sixteen points adrift of Ballina before getting their minds on the job.