Red Devils secure finals berth with big win over Dirawongs
A HAT-TRICK to Byron Bay front-rower Simon Kelly highlighted a 40-18 win against Northern United in the latest round of Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Kelly puts in a whole-hearted performance every week and is the Red Devils most consistent forward.
The win was enough to ensure Byron Bay a place in the 2013 finals.
"We went in with a pretty controlled approach and treated it like a semi-final," Red Devils coach Scott Sattler said.
"We had some injuries and people away so it was a big effort to get a result like that.
"I think we're coming home with a bit of a wet sail and we just have to remain focussed."
Teenager Fraser Jones was strong at five-eighth in the Dirawongs clash.
Hooker Tim Foster has also added another dimension to the team since leaving the Redcliffe Dolphins.
He signed on at the Red Devils just before the June 30 deadline.
Byron Bay will have everything to play for against Ballina in the final competition round this weekend.
They are tied on 19 points with Marist Brothers and will definitely play them in the first week of finals.
Whoever wins this weekend will host the sudden death elimination final or if both teams lose it will be played at Brothers home ground in Lismore.
Murwillumbah have already wrapped up the minor premiership and will have the first week of the finals off before hosting the major semi-final.
Ballina will need to beat Byron Bay on Sunday to lock up second spot and ensure a home semi-final against Grafton Ghosts.
Ghosts could sneak second spot with a win against Evans Head on Saturday.
Kyogle and Northern United were worthy finals contenders but will finish sixth and seventh.
The Turkeys showed plenty of promise before injuries in the second half of the year derailed their season.
United had a slow start to the season but finished well with a number of wins.
They had a draw with Ghosts and only went down against Murwillumbah after a late try.