John Campbell words and photo In their last game of the 2017 northern rivers rugby league season Byron Bay Red Devils lost 52–4 playing away against the Kyogle Turkeys on Sunday. To say the score was a fair reflection of... Read More →
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... Read More →
The Lismore first-grade rugby team will be wearing one-off jerseys bearing the Lifeline logo at this Saturday’s game against Lennox Head. Outdated ideas about stoicism and masculinity mean men often struggle to reach out to friends and loved ones during tough times.
John Campbell It is the custom in bush footy for reserve graders, at the completion of their fixture, to wait outside the change rooms until the seniors emerge and run onto the field. Such wasn’t the case at Casino’s Queen... Read More →
John Campbell As a geopolitical analogy, Byron Bay’s NRRRL clash with competition leaders Cudgen on Sunday was like Poland taking on a Superpower, and thus the 42–0 scoreline. The Hornets have an enormous clubhouse and enough poker machines to bankroll... Read More →
John Campbell Rugby League is the toughest sport, with no quarter given or asked. So to win any game, it helps a lot if you’ve got an entire team of fresh players taking the field. Such wasn’t the case at... Read More →
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.
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.
Crozier Field in Lismore was the place to be on the weekend if you love rugby league as 13 teams made up of the north coast’s finest players gathered for a weekend of celebration at the close the league season in the annual Aboriginal Knockout.
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.
Martin Bail, Federal. I’ve always agreed with Tim Bowden’s description of NRL as Thugby.
The NRL has released information relating its new concussion rules during the first five rounds of the Telstra Premiership.
League clubs players and supporters are primed and ready for the 2014 NRRRL season. To temp your tastebuds, here is the round one draw.
This week's profiled player is Tom McQueen who plays halfback for the Mullumbimby Giants.
The NRL announced yesterday that it has reached agreement with the Rugby League Players Association to test players for two classes of prescription drugs.
Melbourne captain Cameron Smith will become the most capped Storm player in history while team-mate Billy Slater will play his 250th NRL match in Saturday night’s Telstra Premiership clash against Penrith at AAMI Park.
The NRL will invest more than $200 million in the development of rugby league over four years after securing the broadcast rights deal plus delivering increases in sponsorship, major game revenue and merchandise sales.