Mustangs under the microscope
Ladder position: 5th
Point differential: +38
In the women's second year in NRRRL competition, coach Brent Saddler says his side has taken enormous strides to be playing winning footy in 2018.
"We've really improved from last year. All the girls were very fresh, but they've improved immensely and we are sitting very well.”
Saddler said the improvement stemmed from a great pre-season.
"We've been training since December and the girls are fit, and skill level we're getting used to the game. The girls are enjoying it and working really hard.
"We're extremely happy overall, especially with our fitness level - we'll foot it with anybody.”
Ladder position: 3rd
Point differential: +66
With a revamped side infused with plenty of under-18 talent, reserve grade player Shane Kight says the side looks "totally different” this year.
"It's good to play with some of the younger blokes. For them to be winning so many games is great for us.
"What we've got going for us is we all get along well. What we need to fix up is drop ball and a few moves, but that'll come with training,” Kight said.
A big positive for Reserve Garde is the plethora of talent emerging from 18s to play a big role.
"I can't fault any of the young blokes. Young Blake Skillington, he goes hard, Kyle Allsop as well. All the young blokes have been unreal.”
Ladder position: 9th
Point differential: -20
The fact coach Nathan Jordan is playing again this week says a lot about the predicament his side is in going into a key clash against Evans Head.
With six regulars out, including three suspended after things got heated against Kyogle last week, Jordan will pull the boots on for only the second time in nearly five years after a knee reconstruction in 2014.
After five rounds, Jordan's side sits 2-3, with all losses coming against the NRRRL's undefeated elite. The silver lining for M'bah is that of those three losses, one came after the siren and another by only six points.
"We've been close but not close enough,” Jordan said. "We've put some good football together in patches, but not for the full 80 minutes. At the end of the season, those will hurt.”
The focus against Evans Head for M'bah will again be completing sets.
"We talked about completing our first five before the game last week, and after eight sets we were none from eight - and the scoreboard reflected that.”
WHO: M'bah Mustangs v Evans Head
WHERE: Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah
WHEN: Seniors - Saturday 2.45pm
Reserves - Saturday 1.15pm
U18s - Saturday 12pm
Women - Sunday 10.45am (Stan Payne Oval)