Under-strength Turkeys battle bravely in Murwillumbah match

THE Commercial Hotel Kyogle Turkeys were away in Murwillumbah on the weekend to take on the competition hot shots on their own turf.

The Turkeys were behind the eight ball before the game began when they could not field a complete A grade side having no less than seven players sidelined with injury.

The most serious of these was play maker and star five eighth Ben Studders who suffered an extremely dangerous injury against Ballina last week when he fractured the C1 vertebrae in his neck.

This injury ensures that Ben will not be playing football this year at all as he is currently in a head halo that is screwed to his skull and will be thus incapacitated for some months.

We wish Ben all the best in his recovery, this young man is an ornament to the game and is highly respected in the Rugby League community.

The Brown and Hurley and Kyogle Soul Pattison Chemists U18 side was weakened as well when players from this group and the reggies were called up to higher grades because of the injury situation.

The weakening of the side showed and despite tremendous efforts from Dion Bianchetti and Angus Keys , the class of the Murwillumbah side was too good and the Turkeys suffered their first loss of the season going down 24-40

The Stuart Brothers Butchers and Kyogle Bowling Club reserve grade side also weakened through injuries was just no match for their opponents especially after Wayne Goodwin was sent from the field in what was viewed as a very controversial decision and Garnett Donnelly was sent to the sin bin.

Down to 11 men the Turkeys just could not compete and were beaten 38-6.

The Kyogle Real Estate and Dave's Bakehouse A grade side knew they were up against it before a ball was kicked in anger.

With both their half and five eight out they were also without their regular hooker, second rowers and one prop together with a regular winger.

No play makers available meant hard times for the Turkeys and despite trying all day they were well beaten by a far more experienced, bigger and stronger side.

The Turkeys were down to a one man bench for the game but none tried harder than Dylan Keys and Blake Lamond in a well beaten side.

Next week the Turkeys are back home to Marist Brothers, Lismore at New Park on Saturday with U18s kicking off at 2pm.

Support these boys as they play hard for Kyogle and you will have a good day's entertainment.

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