Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League premiers Byron Bay Red Devils take on Grafton Ghosts at Byron Bay on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s thrilling grand final.

Byron won the 2008 decider 25-24 in extra time in a thrilling match.

The Red Devils will go into the match still smarting after a 20-10 loss to Tweed Coast Raiders, who they have never beaten, in last weekend’s weather-interrupted round.

Ghosts have not played since the previous weekend.

Both teams share the lead on eight points with Mullumbimby, who beat Cudgen in last weekend’s only other match.

Mullumbimby also will feature in a grand final replay this weekend: they take on Ballina at Ballina, where they pulled off a miraculous last-minute win in the 2007 grand final.

Points: Grafton Ghosts 8*, Byron Bay 8, Mullumbimby 8, Cudgen 6, Northern United 6*, Lower Clarence 6*, Grafton Rhinos 4*,  Casino RSM 4*, Ballina 4*, Kyogle 3*, Tweed Coast 3, Murwillumbah 2*, Marist Brothers 2*,  Evans Head 0*.
* Deferred match to play.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION              ROUND  7

SATURDAY
EVANS HEAD V TWEED COAST SATURDAY 30 MAY START  12 NOON
STAN PAYNE OVAL  EVANS HEAD 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

NORTHERN UNITED V MARIST BROTHERS SATURDAY 30/5/09  3PM START
CROZIER FIELD LISMORE 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 5.45 PM

SUNDAY
ALL UNDER-18 MATCHES COMMENCE 12 NOON

LOWER CLARENCE V MURWILLUMBAH SUNDAY 31/5/09
YAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX YAMBA 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM
                              
GRAFTON RHINOS V CASINO RSM SUNDAY 31/5/09
McKITTRICK PK  SOUTH GRAFTON 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

BALLINA V MULLUMBIMBY SUNDAY 31/5/09
KINGSFORD SMITH PK BALLINA 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

CUDGEN V KYOGLE SUNDAY 31/5/09
NED BYRNE FIELD KINGSCLIFF 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

BYRON BAY V GRAFTON GHOSTS SUNDAY 31/5/09
BYRON BAY R. L. GROUND  BYRON Bay 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM