Dirawongs off to good start

RECENTLY appointed Northern United Dirawongs co-captain Roy Bell has started his rugby league season in the best possible way, scoring a double in his team’s 28-10 win over the Ballina Seagulls at Crozier Field in Lismore on Sunday.

Fellow co-captain Willie Hammond missed the game through injury.

However he watched on in awe from the sideline as the livewire made an immediate impact in the opening round of the Ballina RSL Club Charity Shield pre-season competition.

“Whether he is at fullback or five-eighth, Roy can always get the job done,” Hammond said.

“Chris (Binge) decided in the off-season he wanted to step away and take on a club manager role.

“He approached me and Roy with the joint captain-coach idea and we thought why not, let’s do it.”

Hammond was impressed with the team’s performance.

After being deadlocked 10-all at half-time, the Dirawongs ran in three unanswered tries in the second half.

“It was all about kick-chase and ball control,” Hammond said.

“We did what we had to do and now we have something to build on heading into the first round.”

In other games at Crozier Field on Sunday, the Casino Cougars and Kyogle Turkeys battled out a hard-fought 22-all draw, then Cudgen ground out a 10-4 victory against Marist Brothers, with new recruit David Briggs bagging a double.

In games on Saturday, a hat-trick to Grafton Rhinos centre Joe Raveuta set up a 26-6 win over Lower Clarence at Jabour Park, Grafton.

Grafton Ghosts were too good for Evans Head, winning 16-0.

On Friday night, the Tweed Coast Raiders snuck past the Mullumbimby Giants 12-10 and the Byron Bay Red Devils forfeited to Murwillumbah.

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