Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fijian Prop 'Does the Dirty' on Kyogle

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Fijian Prop 'Does the Dirty' on Kyogle

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Byline: STEVE SPINKS steve.spinks@northernstar.com.au

KYOGLE may have lost massive Fijian prop Joe Cawa for the rest of the season but the Bush Turkeys have been bolstered by the return of two outstanding former players for their clash with NRRRL co-leaders Northern United at Kyogle tomorrow.

Cawa has skipped town to link with former Kyogle captain-coach Wise Kativerata at Muswellbrook, leaving Kyogle officials non-plussed.

"He's done the dirty on us," Bush Turkeys president John O'Reilly said.

"We haven't cleared him to play for Muswellbrook yet but he went down to go with Wise."

In the big fella's absence, the Bush Turkeys have had to rely on backrowers Alex Farrell and Scott Lavelle, aptly nicknamed Killer and Bomber, stepping up into the front row for their go-forward.

And while the pair are hardly the biggest boppers running around it's fair to say they hold their own in the centre of the park.

"I take my hat off to them for what they've done this year," O'Reilly, a former prop, said.

"The size they give away is made up for in the amount of heart they play with. You can add Cameron Reid in that as well. He's only a lightweight second-rower but he goes all day.

"When they are off the field you can see the team's intensity drop off, so I couldn't be happier with them."

While Cawa's departure is disappointing for the club, they have welcomed back enigmatic playmaker Josh Foley from Queensland and the brilliant Michael Walker, who has returned from Darwin.

Foley has been rushed back into first grade while halfback Walker, the brother of Gold Coast Titans livewire Shannon, will start in reserve grade.

Meanwhile, while one local rivalry adds another chapter up at Mullumbimby a new local rivalry will be consummated tomorrow afternoon when Casino RSM hosts Evans Head at Queen Elizabeth Park.

It will be the first meeting of the two Richmond Valley Council sides in first grade.

"I suppose it will eventually be pumped up as the local derby because a lot of Casino people holiday in Evans Head at Christmas," Bombers football manager Brad Mayes said. …

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