Injured but hopeful Mustangs face tough competition
MURWILLUMBAH Mustangs will be one step close to a consecutive NRRRL premiership win if they better Evans Head this weekend.
Club president Nigel Lofts was proud to say the season was going brilliantly, despite some recent injuries.
"We've got a few injuries there but I think everyone should be on board this weekend," he said.
"Gotta' get the ball rolling now and take that minor premiership."
Lofts was optimistic the club could continue to demonstrate their domination of the local league table, despite stiff competition.
"We've got a couple of hard ones up coming up," he said.
"There's Ballina, at Ballina and we've got Marist Brothers at home.
"That'll be a tough one."
Mustangs coach Damien Quinn was confident of a win against Evans Head, but was careful not to count his chickens before they hatched.
"They're a bit of an unknown package to us," he said.
"I'd say they're a pretty tough side."
Lofts said after the club's decisive premiership win last year a number of players retired or left the club.
This meant the incoming players had a lot to live up to and Lofts was pleased to report they had more than delivered.
"We had to invite new players into the side and they've had to gel, which I think they have," he said.
Quinn agreed and said it had been a real team effort for the Mustangs in recent weeks.
"Everyone's playing well across the board," he said.
"Starting to finally see a bit of cohesion as a team."
Both Quinn and Lofts said the Murwillumbah community had rallied to support the home-grown heroes, spurred on by last year's victory.
"The support has been really really good," Quinn said.
"Winning last year definitely helped with that."
Lofts agreed the club's games had been well attended.
"We've had some good crowds all turning up," he said.
"It's a lot easier to draw them in when you're winning."
Lofts gave special mention to Quinn and his training tactics, which were being tested in his first year of coaching the team.
"Quinny's the new coach and he's really kept them going," he said.
"He's done really well."
The Murwillumbah Mustangs v Evans Head match will kick-off at 3pm Saturday, July 20 at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head.
The Mustangs sit on top of the NRRRL ladder on 21 points, followed closely by Grafton Ghosts and Ballina on 17 points.