FOUR teams remain in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition with the race to the grand final wide open.

Ballina and Kyogle lock horns in the major semi-final at Kingsford Smith Park on Sunday.

Byron Bay and Murwillumbah do battle at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah on Saturday with the loser ousted.

History shows the winner of the major semi-final goes on to win the grand final on September 14.

The last five premiership-winners have all won from home on grand final day.

In fact in the last 34 years only four teams have managed to win a grand final away from home.

The Turkeys are the hottest ticket in town at the moment and will back themselves to beat Ballina on Sunday.

"This whole season has been about heart for us and we want to keep that going," Kyogle coach Cameron Mulcahy said.

"I don't think there would be too many complaints from anyone if the grand final is in Kyogle.

"All guns are blazing into Ballina and we won't stop now."

Murwillumbah player-coach Damian Quinn was shattered when his side lost the opportunity to host the grand final after a 20-16 loss against Kyogle on Sunday.

The Mustangs have played in the last three grand finals but only managed to win once as hosts in 2012.

"We've missed out on the chance to host the grand final and there are some pretty disappointed people here," Quinn said.

"Byron is another good side and we'll be keen to give it another crack."

Casino was the only team eliminated at the weekend.

It was the first time the Cougars had made it past the competition rounds since 2003.

Casino coach Troy McLean was proud of his team's efforts and believes any of the remaining teams can win it.


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