Jets and Hornets to clash
BILAMBIL Jets star backline recruit, Shannon Murphy, is unavailable to face his old club when the Jets host Cudgen Hornets in a Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League trial match at Bilambil Sports Ground on Saturday.
The elusive centre sustained a hamstring strain in an incident not related to training or playing and will miss the Jets' final hit-out before the Bycroft Cup competition commences the following weekend.
Jets coach, Jim Lenihan, reports Murphy, who switched camps during the off-season, has assured him that the injury should be OK for him to make himself available for selection in the opening game of the new season against Currumbin at Galleon Way on Sunday, March 25.
Four matches are programmed on Saturday - the 17s at midday (NSW), 19s at 1pm, reserves at 2.30pm and the first graders get out onto the paddock at 4pm.
Tweed Coast Raiders will also trial on Saturday, hosting Runaway Bay at Les Burger Field.
South Tweed Koalas were unable to field an A grade side in the GCTRL this season so the club's youngsters will play on the Tweed Coast Raiders seniors under card each weekend.
The action at Les Burger Field begins at 3.30pm (NSW) with the 19's, followed at 4.45pm by the reserves and the first grade kick-off is at 6pm.
Raiders coach, Arwin Marcus, says that a "handful" of his senior players won't be available for the final trial but he expects them to be back on deck for the club's Bycroft Cup debut against Ormeau at Brian Harris Oval on Sunday week.
Murwillumbah Mustangs, who remained in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League while the Raiders and Cudgen abandoned ship at the end of the 2011 season, will have this weekend off but president, Nigel Lofts, says the club will "have a couple more" trials before the competition down south commences on the weekend of April 14-15.
Murwillumbah begin their 2012 NRRRL campaign with a home fixture at Stan Sercombe Oval against Byron Bay Red Devils who are making a return to first grade this season.