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.
A game of footy doesn’t necessarily have to reach the highest standard for it to be a fantastic contest, for it to be packed with drama and bursting with emotion.
After faltering against Marist Brothers at their last venture, Byron Bay was host to the Casino Cougars on Sunday in a clash that was bound to be a make-or-break one for the home side’s push to be a serious NRRRL title contender.
Sunday’s 16–14 loss to Marist Brothers in round eight of the NRRRL might ironically have provided Byron Bay with more positives than you’d normally expect from a defeat.
The record books will have Murwillumbah giving Mullumbimby a 34–4 shellacking at Les Donnelly Field on Sunday. But nothing could be further from the truth.
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.
The NRRRL competition is still only young, but Byron Bay’s 54–20 demolition of Northern United at Red Devil Park on Sunday was a much-needed return to the winner’s circle for the home side
After being done at the death by Northern United and registering an encouraging win over Marist Brothers at their next start, the Mullumbimby Giants returned to Les Donnelly Field on Sunday.
Long before the arrival of surfers and hippies, backpackers and cafe lizards, Byron was a rugby league town and 2014 marks the centenary since the greatest game of all was established in the Bay.
League clubs players and supporters are primed and ready for the 2014 NRRRL season. To temp your tastebuds, here is the round one draw.
The grand final of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League gave us everything we love about football yesterday at Kingsford Smith Park in Ballina. Photos Eve Jeffery
Last Sunday saw the beginning of the end as the positions in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League finals were set in stone. The last of the semis was battled out on Stan Sercombe Oval in Murwillumbah as six teams scrambled for a place in the ultimate challenge of the 2013 season.
Rugby league, at whatever level, demands equal parts courage, resolve and quick thinking (its detractors will never understand that last component). The Mullumbimby Giants’ Under 18s displayed all three qualities in going down to the NRRRL minor premiers, the Murwillumbah Mustangs, by 20-12 in their elimination final at Stan Sercombe Oval last Sunday.
The Marist Brothers made an early mark in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League 18s and Reggies last Sunday, but it was Ballina who showed their winning hand on the weekend with a smashing win over the Murwillumbah Mustangs at Stan Sercomb Oval.
Byron Bay’s topsy turvy NRRRL season came to a shuddering halt at Grafton’s Frank McGuren Field on Saturday.After imposing prop Chris Coleman had his jaw broken in the very first tackle of their elimination semi-final, the Red Devils never quite got into their stride as the Ghosts’ hard-nosed, percentage football carried them home by 22-6.
They say that a week can be a long time in politics (it’s like Chinese water torture at the moment), and it proved to be so also for the Byron Bay Red Devils on Saturday at Lismore’s Crozier Field. Coming... Read More →
Elimination Semifinal Saturday at Crozier Field, Lismore 18s – Kyogle v Mullumbimby Reserve Grade – Murwillumbah v Casino First Grade – Marist Brothers v Byron Bay Qualifying Semifinal Sunday Kingsford Smith Park – Ballina 18s – Grafton Ghosts v... Read More →
John Campbell During Byron Bay’s NRRRL clash with Ballina on Sunday, a 4×4 from the local cop shop cruised into the ground and parked itself on the grassy knoll at the north end of Red Devil Park. They had either... Read More →
Round 16 Draw Home club V Away club Venue Time Kyogle Evans Head New Park Kyogle Saturday 3/08/13 Reserves start 3pm Lower Clarence Grafton Ghosts Mclean Showground Mclean Sunday 4/08/13 18’s start 12 midday Northern United ... Read More →
In the Northern Rivers Rugby League competition, things are getting warmer as the season draws closer to the finals. The Ballina Seagulls and the Grafton Ghosts will play the reserves and first grade round 11 catch up game match tonight... Read More →
SPORT RESULTS BOWLS Byron Bay Men Thursday 27th June – self selected pairs winners were Mark Banfield and Dick Aldridge, runners-up Steve Hammond and John Fysh. Meat tray won by Bob Lewis. Saturday 29th June – social bowls winners were Brian Burton... Read More →
Ballboy Garnett Jnr watched from the sidelines as dad Garnett Donnelly played for the Kyogle firsts at Oakes Oval last night. Story and photos Eve Jeffery The under-18s rugby league teams from Northern United and Kyogle hit the turf in a... Read More →
Story & photo John Campbell By thumping the Evans Head Bombers, Byron Bay has inched closer to booking a place for itself in the NRRRL play-offs. The Devils travelled south knowing that a loss to the side with whom they... Read More →