Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby league competition kicks off this weekend with heavy weights Grafton Ghosts hosting Nambucca Heads at Frank McGurran oval Grafton on Saturday, March 25, 2017, 2pm start.
Grafton Ghosts appear to be the bench setters for the 2017 season having recruited NRL first grade player, Danny Wicks as Captain Coach who has returned home.
Ghosts have also recruited former NRL fullback Clinton Greenshields in an effort to go one further then runner up last season to arch rivals and Premiers South Grafton.
Nambucca Heads will certainly test the heavyweights on Saturday with all clubs looking on with interest.
Other games are on Sunday with Sawtell Vs Woolgoolga at Sawtell.
- Coffs Harbour host South Grafton.
- Macksville host Bellingen.
- Orara the by.
The Clarence River clubs, first grade premiers South Grafton past two years and Grafton Ghosts, 2014 first Grade Premiers appear still very strong.
Nambucca River clubs, Macksville and Nambucca Heads, will no doubt test the above clubs especially on their home games, a credit to all concerned for the Nambucca River district to field two clubs in all grades.
Orara Valley have lost many players but will field women's league tag, reserve grade and first grade.
Coffs Harbour appear strong and will field all grades along with Sawtell in all grades.
Woolgoolga an unknown quantity will field Women's League Tag, reserve grade and first grade.
Bellingen will field four grades including womens league tag.
The 2017 season in Group 2 Rugby League will see the introduction of a Women's League Tag competition, Glyde Family Shield.
All clubs accept Grafton will field teams in Women's League tag. Women’s League Tag has created much interest in Country Rugby League and is part of the Country Championships.
Group 2 Rugby League Clubs will play at least one home game on Saturdays each round due to the shortage of referees.
In short Group 2 Rugby League had a record year in 2016 due to dedicated volunteers. 2018 will be bigger and better as Rugby League is still the greatest game of all.