Newcomers are leading the way
A GRADE newcomers Northern United have grabbed a share of the competition lead after 10 rounds of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
United and Lower Clarence are locked together on 16 points although United have a game in hand and could move into the outright lead if they can overcome sixth-placed Cudgen in Lismore this weekend.
Mullumbimby, who also have a game in hand, is locked in a three-way battle for third spot.
Mullumbimby, reigning premiers Byron Bay and the Grafton Ghosts are level on 14 points, just one win ahead of Cudgen.
Ballina (10 points) are seventh, just one point ahead of the Tweed Coast Raiders.
The Grafton Rhinos (8) are next but with two catch-up games in hand could make a late charge towards the finals while Kyogle (5) and Marist Brothers (4) are in danger of missing the finals but still have one catch-up game to play.
Murwillumbah, Evans Head and Casino are anchored at the bottom of the ladder on four points.
Mullumbimby and Ballina sit atop the reserve grade ladder with 18 points although Mullumbimby has a game in hand.
Evans Head was the big mover at the weekend, leap-frogging Lower Clarence and the Tweed Coast and Lower Clarence to move into third.
Tweed Coast also has 14 points, one clear of Lower Clarence.
Cudgen and Byron Bay are level on 10 points, just ahead of is Grafton Ghosts (8), Marist Brothers (7), Northern United, Grafton Rhinos and Murwillumbah all on 6 with Kyogle (4) and Casino (0).
Lower Clarence (17) remains on top in the under 18s with Ballina (16) second ahead of Kyogle (14), Evans Head (13) and Marist Brothers who jumped into the top five on 11.
Tweed Coast, Mullumbimby, Northern United and Grafton Ghosts are locked together on 10 points although Mullumbimby and United have games still to play.
Murwillumbah (9) is next on the ladder ahead of Cudgen and the Rhinos (6), Casino (2) and Byron Bay (0).