Seagulls fullback flies with hat-trick in win against Kyogle
BALLINA fullback Michael Thomas continued his impressive start to the season by scoring a hat-trick in a 26-0 win over Kyogle in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at New Park, Kyogle.
The Seagulls have now won two straight despite some injuries leading to positional changes in the team.
Thomas started the season in the centres but is likely to stay at the back for now.
"Our young blokes are really starting to stand up," Ballina coach Tyler Iverson said yesterday.
"It's pretty hard to beat Kyogle out there on a Saturday night and to keep them to nil is especially pleasing.
"We've won our past two games on defence.
"I've moved Tim Foster into five-eighth and that's worked well.
"He has plenty of experience and knows how to lead the side around."
Ballina started the season with consecutive losses to Byron Bay and Northern United.
They were beaten in the final minute by United before bouncing back against Cudgen with a 16-4 win.
"Cudgen was a big game for us," Iverson said.
"We had to win to kick-start the season and we didn't want to head to Kyogle without any competition points.
"We've turned things around nicely and still have some guys to come back from injury."
Iverson made special mention of centre Dylan Wilson, who has stepped up from reserve grade.
Ballina is back at home on Sunday and will take on Lower Clarence at Kingsford Smith Park.
In other games set down for the weekend, the clash between Byron Bay and Evans Head at Red Devil Park was washed out.
Marist Brothers and Northern United at Oakes Oval, Lismore, yesterday was also a washout.
Elsewhere, Mullumbimby played Lower Clarence at the Maclean Showground and Cudgen hosted Murwillumbah at Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff.
Results from both games were not available at dead-line.