It’s the match all Byron Shire NRRRL fans look forward to: Byron Bay v Mullumbimby in the local derby, and the first of the season is on this Sunday when the Giants host the Red Devils at Mullum in the highlight match of Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

And like all Byron Shire local derbies, this one should be a cracker.

Defending premiers Byron are two points clear of leaders Lower Clarence, while Mullumbimby are two behind Northern United and Byron in fourth place, equal with Grafton Ghosts.

Neither can afford a loss in what has become a congested top five at the half-way stage of the season.

And this weekend’s match marks the start of a busy week for Mullumbimby, who have to play Northern United on Tuesday, June 30, in a match postponed from last weekend. The Giants then take on Evans Head the following weekend.

NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION ROUND 10 DRAW

SATURDAY
MARIST BROTHERS V MURWILLUMBAH, SATURDAY 27/06/09  3PM Start
CROZIER FIELD, LISMORE. 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 5.45PM

BALLINA V LOWER CLARENCE, SATURDAY 27/06/09
KINGSFORD SMITH PK, BALLINA. UNDER-18s AT 3PM, FIRST GRADE KICK OFF 5.45PM

SUNDAY ALL U/18 MATCHES COMMENCE 12 NOON

KYOGLE V NORTHERN UNITED, SUNDAY 28/06/09         
NEW PARK, KYOGLE. 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM
               
MULLUMBIMBY V BYRON BAY, SUNDAY 28/06/09       
LES DONNELLY FIELD, MULLUMBIMBY 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM
           
CUDGEN V GRAFTON RHINOS, SUNDAY 28/06/09
NED BYRNE FIELD, KINGSCLIFF. 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

GRAFTON GHOSTS V TWEED COAST, SUNDAY 28/06/09
FRANK MCGUREN PK, GRAFTON. 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

CASINO RSM V EVANS HEAD, SUNDAY 28/06/09
QUEEN ELIZABETH PK, CASINO 1ST GRADE KICK OFF 2.45PM

Pointscore: Lower Clarence 16, Northern United 14*, Byron Bay 14, Mullumbimby 12*, Grafton Ghosts 12, Cudgen 10, Tweed Coast 9,  Grafton Rhinos 8*, Ballina 8, Kyogle 5*, Casino RSM 4, Murwillumbah 4, Marist Brothers 2**, Evans Head 2.
* Deferred matches.