Bay Up, Bangalow Down in Weekend Rugby
BYRON BAY kept its undefeated season intact with a 19-10 win over Lennox Head at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground.
Byron have the luxury of resting players now they have already secured the minor premiership and a home semi-final.
It was still a big effort from the Trojans, who finished the game with 14 men after fullback Adam Gordon was red-carded.
Lennox Head have a short turnaround with a catch-up game against Wollongbar-Alstonville scheduled for Thursday night.
Byron Bay will play Bangalow at Brunswick Heads in another catch-up game that night then next Saturday Ballina will host Lismore on a weekend where there are no other games scheduled.
In other games:
Ballina five-eighth Tom Watson helped lead the Seahorses to a 26-5 win over Bangalow in Far North Coast rugby union at Schultz Oval, Bangalow.
The teenager put in one of his best performances of the season filling in for the injured Grant Knight on Saturday.
He looked confident every time he took on the line and kicked well, as did opposition five-eighth Ben Farrow, in a hard-fought contest.
It was a physical first half with a try in the corner to winger Mitchell Knight giving Ballina a 7-0 lead at the break.
Bangalow looked determined throughout knowing a win would propel them to fourth spot on the ladder.
Flanker Luke Kliese and second-rower Ryan Hamilton led the way for Ballina in the second half as the rain began to come down on a cold afternoon.
Replacement winger Caleb Kirchen scored from his first touch when he came on while Kliese scored a try off the back of a set play from a line-out.
Bangalow kept throwing the ball around from inside their own half with winger Chris Bleakley looking dangerous every time he found space.
Centre Ryan Duffy eventually scored a try against the run of play before Knight crossed for his second, right on full-time.
Front-rower Neil Moran and flanker John Turagabeci toiled hard for the home side.
There were more red cards when the Casino Bulls and Lismore City battled out a 28-all draw at Lismore Rugby Park.
Casino winger Luke Benn and Lismore flanker Will Cotterill were given early showers by referee Will Palmer.
Wollongbar-Alstonville out- classed Southern Cross University 86-7 at Lyle Park, Wollongbar.
The win means the Pioneers claimed the inaugural Zeffa Cup in memory of former teammate Rhys McNaughton, who died last year.