Montgomery back for Ballina in the nick of time
THE return of front-rower Dylan Montgomery couldn't have come at a better time for Ballina in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition.
Montgomery has been coming off the bench in recent weeks and will add plenty of aggression against Grafton Ghosts in a catch-up game at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina tonight.
The Seagulls are second on the ladder and could jump three points clear of Ghosts with a win.
It would be massive for Ballina who still have to play competition leaders Murwillumbah in the penultimate round.
If they can equal Murwillumbah on competition points they are likely to take out the minor premiership on for and against.
Montgomery has been playing first grade in Manly for a number of years and returned to Ballina to start a painting business with his young brother Kane. Kane Montgomery plays lock for the Seagulls and has been one of their best this season.
"We've been talking about this one for a while and everyone is pretty keen," Ballina coach Greg Barnes said.
"Our defence and fitness always seem to get us through and hopefully we can keep on going.
"We're pretty right with injuries and just need to sharpen a few things in attack."
The Seagulls have scored 188 points in their last two games against Lower Clarence and the South Grafton Rebels.
They haven't lost a game since May 12 when they went down 11-10 against Mullumbimby.
Grafton could be ripe for the picking with prolific try-scorer Joel Moss and lock Ben McLennan out injured. Kick-off is 8.30pm
- Murwillumbah 23
- Ballina 19 *
- Grafton Ghosts 18 *
- Marist Brothers 16
- Northern United 16
- Byron Bay 15
- Kyogle 14
- Mullumbimby 12
- Evans Head 11
- Casino 6
- Lower Clarence 2
- South Grafton 2
* Denotes game in hand