Defending premiers Byron Bay Red Devils beat Grafton Ghosts 20-16 at Byron Bay today in a replay of last season’s Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final.

The result sees Byron Bay and Mullumbimby Giants on top of the table with 10 points, two ahead of Cudgen, Ghosts, Northern United and Lower Clarence.

Mullumbimby’s defence was a feature of their 26-10 win over Ballina Seagulls today, while Northern United gained first points in the battle for the Bundjalung Cup with a 46-10 win over Marist Brothers in Lismore on Saturday.

Other winners in round seven were Tweed Coast over Evans Head, Lower Clarence over Murwillumbah, Cudgen over Kyogle, and Grafton Rhinos over Casino RSM.

The draw for cath-up matches also was released today (see below).

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS ROUND 7
 
SATURDAY

EVANS HEAD V TWEED COAST  STAN PAYNE OVAL EVANS HEAD 30/05/09
1ST TWEED COAST 16 DEF EVANS HEAD 12
RES EVANS HEAD 32 DEF TWEED COAST 14
18S TWEED COAST 20 DEF EVANS HEAD  6

NORTHERN UNITED V MARIST BROS V  OAKES OVAL LISMORE    30/05/09
1ST NORTHERN UNITED 46 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 10
RES MARIST BROTHERS 32 DEF  NORTHERN UNITED 28
18S MARIST BROTHERS 20 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 14
 
SUNDAY

LOWER CLARENCE V MURWILLUMBAH   YAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX  31/05/09
1ST LOWER CLARENCE 40 DEF MURWILLUMAH 18
RES LOWER CLARENCE 42 DEF MURWILLUMBAH 16
18S LOWER CLARENCE 10 DR MURWILLUMBAH 10

CUDGEN  V  KYOGLE     NED BYRNE FIELD KINGSCLIFF              31/05/09
1ST CUDGEN 44 DEF KYOGLE 22
RES CUDGEN 62 DEF KYOGLE 10
18S KYOGLE 26 DEF CUDGEN 12

BYRON BAY V  GRAFTON GHOSTS BYRON BAY R.L. GROUND     31/05/09
1ST BYRON BAY 20 DEF GRAFTON GHOSTS 16
RES GRAFTON GHOSTS 30 DEF BYRON BAY 12
18S GRAFTON GHOSTS 24 DEF BYRON BAY 18

BALLINA  V  MULLUMBIMBY  KINGSFORD SMITH PARK  BALLINA   31/05/09
1ST MULLUMBIMBY 26 DEF BALLINA 10
RES MULLUMBIMBY 48 DEF BALLINA   0
18.S BALLINA 36 DEF MULLUMBIMBY   0

GRAFTON RHINOS V CASINO RSM  McKITTRICK PK STH GRAFTON 31/05/09
IST GRAFTON RHINOS 38 DEF CASINO RSM   6
RES GRAFTON RHINOS 24 DEF CASINO RSM   8
18.S GRAFTON RHINOS 40 DEF CASINO RSM   8

Points: Byron Bay 10*, Mullumbimby 10, Cudgen 8, Grafton Ghosts 8*, Northern United 8**, Lower Clarence 8**, Grafton Rhinos 6**,  Tweed Coast 5*, Casino RSM 4*, Ballina 4**, Kyogle 3**, Murwillumbah 2**, Marist Brothers 2**,  Evans Head 0**.
* Deferred matches to play.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE ROUND  1 CATCH-UP  MATCHES 
FRIDAY  NIGHT   
KYOGLE  V  MARIST BROTHERS      FRIDAY    05/06/09   18s  5.30 PM    START
NEW PARK  KYOGLE                                    IST GRADE KICK OFF  8.15 PM
              
NORTHERN UTD V EVANS HEAD FRIDAY    05/06/09    18s    6  PM  START
CROZIER FIELD LISMORE IST GRADE KICKOFF  8.15 PM

BYRON BAY V LOW. CLARENCE    FRIDAY   05/06/09   18s  4.30 PM  START
BYRON BAY R.L.GROUND             IST GRADE KICK OFF  7.15 PM

BALLINA  V TWEED COAST FRIDAY  05/06/09       5.30 PM    START
KINGSFORD SMITH PARK BALLINA    IST GRADE KICK OFF   8.15 PM

SATURDAY MATCH
GRAFT. RHINOS V MURWILLUMBAH    SATURDAY   06/06/09  3  PM START
McKITTRICK PARK, SOUTH GRAFTON    IST GRADE KICK OFF    2.45  PM

MATCHES ALREADY PLAYED
CUDGEN V GRAFTON GHOSTS 10/04/09
 

MULLUMBIMBY  V CASINO RSM  04/04/09