There’s plenty to whet the appetite in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League this weekend, as the Retravision Northern League swings back into action after last weekend’s break from competition.

Grafton Ghosts and Byron Bay Red Devils, who were unbeaten co-competition leaders before surprise defeats in round eight, again face tough matches as they attempt to get their campaigns back on track.

Ghosts are at home to Lower Clarence Magpies, who upset Byron Bay in round eight, while Byron are at home to Grafton Rhinos, who won the Clarence River local derby in round eight and ended Ghosts’ unbeaten run.

Marist Brothers, who take on South Tweed at Crozier Field, Lismore, are hitting their straps and are now on top of the table along with Ghosts and Byron.

The Rams are hot favourites to beat South Tweed and should stay on top of the table.

Tweed Coast Raiders, who are in fourth spot, take on last-placed Murwillumbah and should move further up the ladder if either of the top teams fail.

Defending premiers Mullumbimby Giants take a trip up the coast to take on Cudgen Hornets, who have struggled this season.

And, last but not least, Casino RSM Cougars host the Kyogle Turkeys at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Matches between Casino and Kyogle are local derbies and it doesn’t matter where either team is placed on the table: these are always keenly contested matches.

Points: Byron Bay 14, Grafton Ghosts 14, Marist Brothers 14, Tweed Coast Raiders 12, Mullumbimby 10, Kyogle 8, Grafton Rhinos 8, Lower Clarence 8, Casino 7, Cudgen 6, South Tweed 5, Ballina 4, Murwillumbah 2.

Retravision Northern League round nine matches:

SATURDAY  14 June                                 

  • Tweed Coast v Murwillumbah, 3 Grades, 2.30pm start, Les Berger Field, Cabarita. First Grade kick-off 5.15pm.
  • Evans Head v Ballina, Reserve Grade only, Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head. Kick-off  2.30pm.

SUNDAY  11 May                                              

  • Grafton Ghosts v Lower Clarence, 2 Grades, 12.30pm start. Frank McGuren Park, Grafton. First Grade kick-off 2pm.
  • Byron Bay v Grafton Rhinos, 3 Grades, noon start, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay. First Grade kick-off 2.45pm.
  • Marist Brothers v South Tweed, 3 Grades, 1pm start, Crozier Field, Lismore. First Grade kick-off 2.30pm.
  • Casino RSM v Kyogle, 3 Grades, noon start, Queen Elizabeth Park, Casino. First Grade kick-off 2.45pm.
  • Cudgen v Mullumbimby, 3 Grades, noon start. Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff. First Grade kick-off 2.45pm.