Sandy leads points race
THE Tweed Coast Raiders' Reece Sandy has stolen a march on the rest of the runners in this year's Northern Rivers regional Player of the Year awards.
The versatile Sandy - who might be small in stature but big on talent - is leading the field on 18 points after round 14 of the competition.
He is now four points clears of his closest rivals, Chase Nelson from Mullumbimby and Len Hickling from Northern United, both on 14 points.
After several seasons with South Tweed, Sandy has played at hooker and five eighth for the Raiders and his ability to steer the side around the paddock coupled with his 'fearless' approach to defence has seen him crucial to the Tweed Coast's form.
Cudgen's Steve Kirkham is next with 12 points along with George Jarrett from Lower Clarence.
Then comes Kyogle's Alex Farrell and Murwillumbah Mustangs' hooker Simon Booth, both on 11 points with Eli Colby from Byron Bay on 10 points.
Marists Brothers' Darryl Butcher, Lower Clarence's Hughie Stanley and Luke Faul and Murwillumbah lock Dean Corrigan are all on nine points.