NRRRL competition co-leaders Lower Clarence bounced back from a surprise loss to Ballina the previous round to beat Grafton Ghosts 22-20 in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Yamba today.
Lower share the lead on 18 points with Northern United, but United, held to a narrow 34-32 win over Cudgen yesterday, have a match in hand against Mullumbimby, to be played in Lismore this Tuesday night.
A win to Mullumbimby in that match would see a three-way tie for the lead, with the Giants sharing second spot on 16 with Byron Bay. A win to United would see them alone on top.
Despite the loss, Grafton Ghosts are still in the five, but Cudgen and Grafton Rhinos are now only two points behind them.
Points: Lower Clarence 18, Northern United 18*, Byron Bay 16, Mullumbimby 16*, Grafton Ghosts 14, Cudgen 12, Grafton Rhinos 12*, Ballina 10, Tweed Coast 10, Murwillumbah 6, Kyogle 5*, Marist Brothers 5, Casino RSM 4, Evans Head 4.
* Deferred matches; results to be advised.
Reserve grade points: Mullumbimby 20, Ballina 20, Tweed Coast 16, Evans Head 14, Lower Clarence 13, Byron Bay 12, Cudgen 12, Grafton Ghosts 10, Marist Brothers 9, Murwillumbah 8, Northern United 6, Grafton Rhinos 6, Kyogle 4, Casino RSM 0.
Under-18: Ballina 18, Lower Clarence 18, Kyogle 16, Evans Head 15, Marist Brothers 13, Tweed Coast 12, Northern United 12, Murwillumbah 11, Grafton Ghosts 11, Mullumbimby 10, Cudgen 6, Grafton Rhinos 6, Casino RSM 2, Byron Bay 0.
NORTHERN RIVERS RUGBY LEAGUE RESULTS ROUND 11
EVANS HEAD V MULLUMBIMBY STAN PAYNE OVAL EVANS HD 04/07/09
IST MULLUMBIMBY 32 DEF EVANS HEAD 10
RES MULLUMBIMBY 16 DEF EVANS HEAD 14
18.S EVANS HEAD 14 DEF MULLUMBIMBY 6
NORTHERN UNITED V CUDGEN CROZIER FIELD LISMORE 04/07/09
IST NORTHERN UNITED 34 DEF CUDGEN 32
RES CUDGEN 24 DEF NORTHERN UNITED 22
18.S NORTHERN UNITED 36 DEF CUDGEN 24
TWEED COAST V MARIST BROS. LES BERGER FIELD CABARITA 04/07/09
IST TWEED COAST 20 DR MARIST BROTHERS 20
RES TWEED COAST 28 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 10
18.S TWED COAST 26 DEF MARIST BROTHERS 16
BYRON BAY V KYOGLE BYRON BAY R.L. GROUND B.BAY 05/07/09
IST BYRON BAY 40 DEF KYOGLE 6
RES BYRON BAY 56 DEF KYOGLE 22
18.S KYOGLE 32 DEF BYRON BAY 10
GRAFTON RHINOS V BALLINA McKITTRICK PARK STH GRAFTON 05/07/09
IST GRAFTON RHINOS 34 DEF BALLINA 8
RES BALLNA 40 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 12
18.S BALLINA 50 DEF GRAFTON RHINOS 6
LOWER CLARENCE V GRAFTON GHOSTS YAMBA SPORTS COMPLEX 05/07/09
IST LOWER CLARENCE 22 DEF GRAFTON GHOSTS 20
RES GRAFTON GHOSTS 28 DEF LOWER CLARENCE 24
18.S LOWER CLARENCE 18 DR GRAFTON GHOSTS 18
MURWILLUMBAH V CASINO RSM STAN SERCOMBE OVAL MUR’BAH 05/07/09
IST MURWILLUMBAH 40 DEF CASINO RSM 12
RES MURWILLUMBAH 30 DEF CASINO RSM 10
18.S MURWILLUMBAH 44 DEF CASINO RSM 0
Round 12 draw: Kyogle v Evans Head, Ballina v Northern United, Mullumbimby v Murwillumbah, Rhinos v Lower Clarence, Casino v Tweed Coast, Cudgen v Byron Bay, Marist Brothers v Grafton Ghosts.