Redmen on the march

Far North Coast (FNC) Rugby president Maurie Ryan enjoy a celebratory drink of Coopers last Thursday at Oakes Oval after FNC Rugby sealed a $10,000 dollar sponsorship deal with the brewers.

The Grafton Redmen confirmed themselves as premiership favourites on Saturday when they outmuscled the big men from the Casino Bulls 31-10. The five try mauling promoted the Redmen to outright competition leaders just ahead of Alstonville/Wollongbar, who managed their third win in a row against Lismore City 30-13. City had no answer for the speed and elusiveness of the Pioneers backs, particularly fullback Tony Bennett, who crossed twice for the redsoilers. The other big movers this year are the Yamba Buccaneers, who humbled last years premiers Ballina 37-8 on Saturday. Southern Cross University also came back hard from a loss against Grafton last round to crush Lennox Head 43-10.

This weekend SCU host Yamba in a vital match for both sides as they look to sure up their standings. Ballina host Lismore and should despatch the men in green without too much ado. Grafton will smash Tweed within an inch of their lives, and Lennox will host Casino in a match which the Bulls should dominate. All games start at 3pm.


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