Six into the nines equals great day; Team spirit alive and well as sides line up in Ballina.


SIX teams turned out for the first round of the women's nines competition in Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League at Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina on Sunday.

It featured the likes of representative players Abbie Beecher and Lizzy Ross while plenty of others were playing full contact for the first time.

One of the highlights of the day was the clash between traditional rivals Casino Cougars and the Kyogle Turkeys.

The competition will run for another three rounds with Ballina, Casino, Cudgen, Kyogle, Lower Clarence, Northern United and Tweed Coast playing.

Lower Clarence and Northern United have formed a combined team and there will also be a juniors girls element with its players introduced to the tackle format in the coming weeks.

"It was great to see the team spirit among the clubs with a few players assisting other clubs to make up a few numbers," NRRRL president Mark Harrison said.

"For many it was their first game of rugby league so it was fantastic to see...

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