Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

My NRRRL Dream Team; Sports Editor Mitchell Craig Picks a Team of the Best Players He Has Seen in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League over the Past Decade

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

My NRRRL Dream Team; Sports Editor Mitchell Craig Picks a Team of the Best Players He Has Seen in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League over the Past Decade

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FOLLOWING on from an overwhelming response on the Far North Coast rugby union team of the decade we switch our focus to NRRRL this week.

The impact the player has had at their respective club and longevity in the local competition have all been taken into account.

Despite moving to Group 2 at the end of the 2013 season, Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels players are eligible for consideration.

If you think we've missed someone or you can come up with a better list, let us know by emailing sport@northernstar.com.au.

Fullback, Anthony Don, Grafton Ghosts

Enjoyed incredible success at the Grafton Ghosts and scored a record 40 tries in the team who won the premiership undefeated in 2010.

He was already 23 at the time and since went on to play Queensland Cup with the Burleigh Bears before making his NRL debut at the Gold Coast Titans in 2013.

Winger, Mitchell Krause, Marist Brothers

Excitement machine and try-scoring freak who is still possibly the fastest player in the competition.

The son of club stalwart David Krause has been a regular in Northern Rivers representative teams and played a handful of Queensland Cup games with Wynnum Manly in 2014.

Winger, Caleb Howell, Murwillumbah Mustangs

PLAYED in four grand finals at wing and centre and was part of the premiership-winning team last year.

A constant threat in attack and one of the best defensive backline players getting around.

Centre, Clarence Kelly, Northern United

Former NSW Country centre and premiership winner at Byron Bay in 2008 and Ballina in 2013 and 2014.

Kelly has an incredible turn of pace and reads the game better than most centres in the NRRRL.

Centre, Todd Johnson, Casino Cougars

The heart and soul of the Casino backline for many years and finally earned a Northern Rivers representative jersey in 2013 followed by a spot in the NSW Country team in 2014.

Has since moved on to play with Sawtell in the Group 2 competition where he is also a representative centre.

Five-eighth, Damien Quinn, Murwillumbah Mustangs

Returned home in 2011 after a stint playing professionally with the Celtic Crusaders in the English Super League.

He won a premiership with the Mustangs in a side which included former NRL winger Luke Covell the following year.

Halfback, Ryan Farrell, Grafton Ghosts

Took over as captain-coach in 2012 after winning two-straight premierships under Col Speed.

Spent time in Sydney with Manly and won a Group 2 premiership in 2014.

Front row, Dylan Montgomery, Ballina Seagulls

Made an immediate impact when he returned from Sydney midway through the 2013 season and led Ballina to three straight premierships.

The best prop in the competition by a fair margin with the Seagulls struggling to win games and missing the semi-finals after he suffered a season ending injury early last year. …

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