A new-look Byron Bay Red Devils were impressive in a 32-16 win over last season’s grand finalists, Northern United in a trial NRRRL game at Byron Bay last Sunday.
Featuring only four players from their 2008 premiership squad, the Devils outmuscled their more fancied rivals in a spiteful encounter which kept referees, touch judges and medical staff on the hop all afternoon.
Led by Simon Kelly, Chris Coleman and Neil Greig upfront, the Bay’s forwards produced the momentum that allowed backs Bill Lowrie and Clarence Kelly to create havoc.
Peter Flannery showed his versatility in his debut as hooker giving coaching staff plenty of headaches with selections for the opening competition game on May 2.
The reserves performed strongly despite going down in an arm wrestle.
With six regular first graders unavailable on Sunday, the coach will be rubbing his hands together in anticipation of the spillage of talent that will see the reggies bolstered for the season opener.
Training is Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm.
Any under 18 players would be welcome.
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