Gulls face big southern test
SEAGULLS have thumped the lesser southern teams in this year's inaugural Northern Rivers rugby league competition.
Now, they face the former Group 1's stronger sides - starting with a tricky trip to Marist Brothers tomorrow.
Coach Troy McCarthy can't wait for the challenge.
"It's going to get tougher and there's going to be more pressure," McCarthy said of the upcoming battles against Marist Brothers, Ballina and South Grafton.
Seagulls are joint leaders of the competition with Murwillumbah, who have already played the three strong southern teams.
"Marist Brothers are trying to get up there in the top three or four spots and they'll want to win this one," McCarthy said.
"The boys are all looking forward to a big game."
Meanwhile, Cudgen faces the dangerous South Grafton at McKittrick Park.
Coach Jamie Mathiou has the advantage of naming an unchanged side for the third time running.
He believes the key to winning will be depriving South Grafton's Mercy brothers of quality ball.
Finally, Murwillumbah has a home game tomorrow against Casino at Stan Sercombe Oval.
Coach Con Theodossiou has rewarded youngster Adam Darby for his recent good form with a spot on the interchange bench against the ninth-placed Casino team.
Darby was a member of the victorious Northern Rivers under-18 side.
SEAGULLS: Jay McDermott, Jeremy Walters, Danny Maireroa, Graeme Jeffries, Justin Carter, Paul Rolls, Daniel Evans, Reece Vincent, Andrew Cross, Matt Briggs, Luke Kelly, Mykel Hema, Scott Gray. Interchange: Kristin Green.
CUDGEN: Craig Thurston, Jackson Hardy, Joe Prichard, Damian Bryant, Andrew King, Troy Dickinovski, Steve O'Keeth, Matty Chadburn, Tane Mulherin, Dan Donovan, Chris Sheahan, Andrew Hamilton, Corey Williams. Interchange: Brian McCarthy.
MURWILLUMBAH: Shannon Murphy, Ryan Murphy, Ricky Lang, Brad Wan, Jason Willis, Matt Harley, Ben White, Steve Kirkham, Jarrod Brown, Lyndon Murphy, Jarrod Flick, Glenn Weaver, Lionel Foster. Interchange: Adam Darby.