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The Mullumbimby Moonshiners rugby union raised over $7000 at their annual Beyond Blue Charity Day last weekend, and collected a solid win over Lennox Head 26–12 playing at home at the Alby Lofts oval.

The win leaves the Moonshiners just outside the top four on a congested table with just two games of the regular season to go.

Casuarina, on 59 points, leads the competition, with Richmond Range second on 50. Evans River (47), Ballina (45), Mullumbimby (44) and Lennox Head (41) are contenders to round out the top four for finals rugby.

In first grade, Bangalow also wore the Beyond Blue special edition jersey, but they lost a tough game to Lennox Head 32–19. Each side put on three tries, but Lennox Head were able to forge ahead in the first half on the back of a string of penalty goals.

Tom McEvoy, Zak Condon, and Callum Jones’ tries all went over for Lennox, while Jared Lofts kicked a conversion and five penalty goals.

Bangalow’s try-scorers included Hamish Guest, Otty Fifita, and Will Latham, while Joel Little kicked two conversions.

In other first grade games Lismore powered home in the second half to overcome a 26–16 deficit against Casuarina to eventually take their first win of the season 37–26.

Ballina also proved too strong for Byron Bay, winning their encounter 48–13. It was Byron’s fifth loss on the trot and rules them out of contention for the finals as they sit in sixth spot on 19 points.

Wollongbar, Alstonville and Bangalow are on top with 39 points each, leaving Lennox Head (31), Ballina 29 and Casuarina (27) to battle it out for the remaining two finals positions.

Next week WAR take on Bangalow at Bangalow and Lennox Head play Ballina at home.

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