Clarence to claim minor premiership

WITH just one round to go, Lower Clarence has enjoyed a remarkable season to claim the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League minor premiership after downing Northern United at Maclean last weekend.

In A-grade, Lower Clarence is on 30 points, two wins clear of Mullumbimby and Northern United, both on 26 and separated only by percentages.

In fourth spot is premiers Byron Bay on 24, while the Grafton Ghosts are in fifth on 22.

However, Tweed Coast Raiders and the Grafton Rhinos are only one win behind on 20, and a victory by the Raiders over the Ghosts at Les Burger Field on Sunday could see the fifth spot decided by percentages.

Cudgen is on 18, Ballina 14, Murwillumbah 10, Casino 9, Marist Brothers and Kyogle 7 and Evans Head on 5.

In reserve grade, Mullumbimby has wrapped up the minor premiership on 32 points ahead of Ballina on 28, Lower Clarence on 25, Evans Head 24 and Byron Bay rounding out the five on 22.

Cudgen is on 20, the Tweed Coast and Grafton Ghosts are on 16, Marist Brothers 13, Northern United and Murwillumbah 12, Grafton Rhinos 10 and Kyogle and Casino both on 4.

In the Under-18s, Kyogle can secure the minor premiership with a win this weekend, sitting on 28, ahead of Lower Clarence on 26, Ballina on 25 and Evans Head and Northern United both on 23.

Next comes Tweed Coast and Murwillumbah both on 20, Grafton Ghosts on 19, Marist Brothers 17, Mullumbimby 15, Cudgen 10, Grafton Rhinos 8, Casino 4 and Byron Bay 0.

At this stage, it seems it could be a lean year for the Tweed comes finals time in the Northern Rivers competition.

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