Ram top NRRRL tryscorer


League writer

MARIST Brothers winger Adrian Gooley topped the ladder in two sections of the 2005 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition and will take out the feature pointscorer award as well as the leading goal kicker trophy.

The awards and others will be handed out at the League's Annual Presentation Dinner at the Lismore Workers Club on Friday night.

Gooley led the charge with double century for the season's pointscore rounds, crossing for 12 tries and booting 63 goals for a tally of 214 points.

The 214 placed him eight points ahead of the only other to pass the double ton, Cudgen's utility back Craig Thurston, with 206 from 29 tries and 45 goals.

Continuing the fine form of backline players was Mullumbimby centre Paul Latta, third with 177 points from 12 tries, 64 goals and a field goal.

The top three were followed by Kyogle centre Simon Pederson fourth on 150 and leading the Clarence River brigade was Lower Clarence halfback Jason Wilkinson two points away for fifth on 148.

Pederson touched down for 17 tries and kicked 41 goals while for Wilkinson, who missed a number of games due to injury, it was 14 tries and 46 goals.

Although the season lasted 20 rounds each first grade club played a maximum 16 games, each receiving four byes.

Thurston may have narrowly missed out on the pointscore list but proved top man in try-scoring with his 29 four pointers.

Twice during the season he scored five tries, ran in four in another and on three occasions notched trebles.

In the goal kicking department Adrian Gooley's 83 placed him 19 goals ahead of runner-up, Paul Latta's 64, and 24 ahead of third placed Murwillumbah centre Ryan Murphy on 59.

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