Stars outshine Murwillumbah
MURWILLUMBAH men had a bad day on the road on Saturday and were no match for a well-drilled and fast Northern Star who outplayed their opponents in a game that showed Star will be one of the gun sides this season.
Murwillumbah took the field without a number of key players while a handful of starters were carrying niggling injuries.
Murwillumbah trailed 1-0 at the break and in the second half they just had no answer for Northern Star's slick attack, crashing to a 5-0 whipping.
Murwillumbah captain Chris Stuart said post-match that Northern Star would be hard to stop in this season's competition.
Murwillumbah will now need to put this game behind them and focus on next week's match.
Redbacks also suffered in their away match against Ballina, going down 5-2.
Missing six of their regular Division 1 players meant it was always going to be a tough assignment but credit to the Redbacks who displayed a never-say-die attitude.
Ballina led 3-0 at half-time but after the break Redbacks hit back with two superb field goals to Stuart Maloney and Oliver Crane but it wasn't enough as Ballina scored two late goals to seal the match an the points.
Waratah Bobcats and East Lismore engaged in a tight contest but it was Bobcats who capitalised on their opportunities up front, enabling them to come away with a 4-1 win.
Goalscorers for Bobcats were James Walker, Isaac Reading, Peter Irby and young Brad Frappell.
In the other game, Coraki handed Kingscliff a 5-1 thrashing.
In next Saturday's matches, Waratah Bobcats meet Redbacks at Barry Smith Field at 1pm followed by the Murwillumbah versus Ballina game at 3.30pm.
In a double-header at Goonellabah, Coraki tackle East Lismore (1.30pm) and Northern Star host Kingscliff at 4.20pm.