26.9 C
Byron Shire
January 17, 2022

Winning doesn’t always come easy at Red Devil Park

Latest News

The earliest unequivocally modern human remains in Africa

There may be earlier remains of modern humans – but science is certain about these ones.

Other News

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: RAT hunters

I’m out RAT hunting. I’ve been on the road for an hour checking for local infestations. My daughter’s at home...

Lismore Council chooses costly by-election over ‘countback’ if a council position becomes vacant

New Councillor Big Rob took to the floor of the Lismore Council chambers during the first council meeting (Tuesday...

Cartoon of the week – 12 January, 2022

Letters to the editor The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that...

Renew Fest hosts May vigil for grief

Renew Fest will host a weekend-long Vigil For Grief in May 2022, and will return with the festival itself in 2023.

Psychedelic medical trials to begin

A new clinical trial exploring the impact of psychedelic medicines on brain activity has come a step closer to fruition, after being partially funded and granted ethics approval.

What do you do next if you test positive to COVID?

With more than a third of callers to the National Coronavirus Helpline asking about isolation, healthdirect has launched a guide to help those who are COVID-19 positive know what they should do while isolating at home and when to seek medical help.

Byron’s-Scott-Stapleton-probing-the-Evans-Head-defence--JC-IMG_7399
Byron’s Scott Stapleton probing the Evans Head defence at Red devil Park on Sunday. Photo John Campbell

Byron were expected to beat Evans Head in their NRRRL clash on Sunday, and they more or less went through the motions in satisfying everybody’s expectations.

It was a game in which they barely got out of cruise-control and, as so often happens, the team that had been in command throughout found itself on the razor’s edge in the last five minutes, desperately trying to deny the visitors a draw.

Three wins on the trot have now injected the Red Devils’ campaign with a genuine belief that they will be in the mix when the finals are being fought out, but if the titanic victory over Mullumbimby was proof of their steel, the 24–18 result against the Bombers only highlighted a nagging tendency to go daydreaming before the full-time siren. That they couldn’t buy a goal in scoring five tries to three also did nothing to alleviate the pressure that grew in the later stages.

Byron’s-young-second-rower,-Lachlan-Jones,-is-collared-by-the-Evans-Head-defence-JC-IMG_7548
Byron’s young second-rower, Lachlan Jones, is collared by the Evans Head defence. Photo John Campbell.

On a muggy arvo, in front of a crowd in the vicinity of 3,444, the Devils found touch from the kick-off and in the set following the scrum Simon ‘Canine’ Kelly took a rapidly fired pass from dummy half to storm over next to the sticks.

There followed what must be one of the weirdest tries in the history of weird tries … From Evans Head’s resumption, fullback Scott ‘Julio’ Stapleton attempted to trap the ball with his boot, only to see it ricochet like a rocket back towards an approaching Bomber who, dumbfounded by his luck, spilt the pill directly in front of Stapleton, who (wearing #18 after some joker had nicked his #1) then sprinted seventy metres to the tryline. A cricket score loomed.

The Bombers pulled one back when their hooker burrowed through, but a brilliant step and fend from whiplash centre William ‘Doctor’ King saw him race away for a terrific individual try and a 14–6 Devils’ lead. At which point a little niggle raised its head when the Bombers’ #14 exchanged unpleasantries with the Bay’s shy and retiring Hemi ‘Sphere’ Mullen.

Joseph ‘General’ Gordon, who is in stellar form, delivered a lovely one-hander to winger Fraser ‘Fletcher’ Jones and an 18–6 half-time advantage seemed fair enough.

Everything went according to script after the break – Ben ‘Spider’ Webber was rewarded with a four-pointer after his own brilliant 40/20, but none of us could know that, at 24/6, the Bay would not again bother the ledger.

Crash-or-crash-through---Byron’s-tireless-prop,-Simon-Kelly-JC-IMG_7520
Crash or crash through – Byron’s tireless prop, Simon Kelly, prepares for impact. Photo John Campbells.

At no point had Evans turned it up and, while the Old Bloke distracted us all with concerns about his sexual performance, the Bombers drew back to 24–12.  The Bay’s frivolous indulgences opened the door enough for the Bombers’ desperate directness to get them back to 24–18 with five long minutes to go. They were, to be sure, coming home with a wet sail.

The Devils are to be commended for the urgency with which they saw out the closing stages – their defence is well organised and quick to respond to potential danger – but the Bombers were only prevented from sharing the spoils by a couple of wayward passes that might have put their winger over in the corner.

Saturday’s road-trip to Kyogle will offer no such comforts for the men in red.

 

 


 

Recent stories tagged NRRRL:

Red Devils closing in on the top five

The Byron Bay Red Devils kept their chances of a final’s berth alive last Sunday when they beat the Tweed Coast Raiders 35–26 in round 10 of the NRRRL, playing at home.

0

No splendour in the farce for NRRRL

Story and photo John Campbell Every year, the Byron Bay Red Devils ask that their bye be allocated to the weekend of Splendour in the Grass, as they are most drastically affected by absenteeism it causes. And every year, presumably...

0

Red Devil women undefeated in new tag-league competition

Shannon Hulbert  A tag rugby league competition started a month ago in the region and the Red Devils have had three wins from three so far. The women follow the Red Devils men’s team around and play the opposition clubs that...

0

Byron Devils score big win over Mullumbimby in league derby

John Campbell The Byron Bay Red Devils enjoyed their first win of the 2017 season when they romped home against a lacklustre Mullumbimby side 36–4. As local derbies go, there was a curious lack of intensity when the Red Devils hosted...

0

Mustangs prepare for grand final after death of teammate

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.

0

Man dies during rugby league match at Murwillumbah

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).

0

So near and yet so far for Devils against comp frontrunners

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.

0

Cometh the hour, cometh capitulation

My dad was a man of few words, but he had an expression: ‘what you need is a good kick up the arse’.

0


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

The Greens launch NurseKeeper for nurses and paramedics

The Greens have written to the Premier to ask him to immediately introduce ‘NurseKeeper’ to urgently introduce pandemic pay and bonuses for nurses and paramedics. 

Lung specialist ‘we’re doing the best we can’ and Hazzard lays it on the line for the unvaccinated

At this morning's COVID-19 update press conference, Concord and Nepean Hospitals lung specialist Dr Lucy Morgan gave an update on COVID-19. Dr Morgan says she works as part of a team of people looking after patients with COVID.

Lismore’s Australia Day Ambassadors

Ahead of the Australia Day celebrations Olympians Kaarle McCulloch and Kevin Chavez have been announced as Lismore’s 2022 Australia Day Ambassadors.

Northern Rivers Animal Services needs helpers

Ballina-based animal welfare organisation Northern Rivers Animal Services Inc is on the lookout for cat-lovers to help at their cat cottage, and foster carers for both dogs and cats.