Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ghosts Jump on Devil's Send-Off

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Ghosts Jump on Devil's Send-Off

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Byline: DAVE KIRKPATRICK david.kirkpatrick@northernstar.com.au

ONE coach didn't see it and the other said there wasn't much in it, but Byron Bay captain Clarence Kelly's send-off within the first 10 minutes of the NRRRL match of the day at Red Devil Park yesterday proved to be the difference between winning and losing.

Byron Bay had just scored the opening try against the unbeaten Ghosts and looked to be making a fair fist of challenging the NRRRL's untouchables.

But the Red Devils needed everything to go right to be in a position to beat the title favourites Co then everything went horribly wrong.

Kelly elbowed Ghosts fullback Anthony Don while completing a tackle and to the surprise of many was given his marching orders by the referee.

Direct send-offs are something of a rarity in the NRRRL, but Kelly's elbow opened up a gash in Don's head that required treatment, and he returned to the field with his head swathed in bandages.

It didn't stop Don from scoring the first and last tries for Ghosts, who ran out comfortable winners 24-4. …

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