A file photograph of Byron Bay centre Clarence Kelly in action. He should be back from injury for the local derby clash against Mullumbimby on Sunday week.
A file photograph of Byron Bay centre Clarence Kelly in action. He should be back from injury for the local derby clash against Mullumbimby on Sunday week.

Crippling injuries hit Red Devils

For the Byron Bay Red Devils and the Mullumbimby Giants, last weekend was one to forget.


With a crippling injury toll, the Devils travelled to Grafton to take on the Rhinos and endured the road trip back home 40-8 losers.


The loss of six regular players through injury resulted in a complete rejigging of the team and this was compounded by the late withdrawal of two of the replacement players.


Twenty minutes into the game, two more players had to be replaced because of injury, leaving the Devils with a one-man bench.


To their credit the side buckled down and had a crack and deserve credit for their effort.


It was the third straight loss for the Devils who are struggling to maintain contact with the competition’s leaders.


Playing at home, the Giants couldn’t match the power of front-runners Grafton Ghosts, who won the game 36-16.


It was the second loss in a row for the Giants, who went down to Ballina the previous week.


This weekend is a bye for all NRRRL clubs, but the following weekend will see the Devils and Giants meet in an always-anticipated local derby at Red Devil Park.


By then some of the Devils’ injured, including classy centre Clarence Kelly, should be back on deck.


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