Byron win blockbuster
SAFL with Roly Wintle
There were some blockbuster performances in an enthralling Round 18 of the SAFL action. The Byron Bay Magpies took on the Lismore Swans in a cinematic epic that unfurled itself before the capacity crowd at Shulz Oval, with the Magpies finally prevailing 16.8.104 to 12.6.78.
At quarter time the Swans led the Magpies 22-14, with the Swans fighting back to level the score at 44 at the long break. In the premiership quarter Byron nosed in front by eight and then pulled away in the last quarter.
The Swans welcomed back stars Josh Suffolk, Roly Barrett and Simon Howard from injury. Meanwhile, big Adam Rhodes moved to 49 goals for the season with a bag of five majors at full-forward.
The Swans best included Jackson Outback Hatfield, Jimmy Movieman Howard, Daniel They Call Me Bruce and James Shark Finn. For Byron Scott Butcher, Sean McQueen, Shem Aitken and veteran Andy Robinson put in stellar displays. Aitken kicked seven goals for the Magpies in an awesome outing.
In the other match a lethargic Ballina Bombers defeated a tenacious Casino Lions at Queen Elizabeth II. Bombers stalwart Craig Sacka Borley said it was a slow start that gradually built momentum.
The Bombers eventually ran away with a 160 to 58 victory in which Tim Price bagged five goals and Patti Bulzome and John Leech picked up three each. Best for the squadron included Phil Namless and Sam Kennedy.
For the Lions Amos Kennedy, Luke Wyatt, Gerard Oliver and Heath Wall all busted their guts and showed spirit and commitment to the ball.
This weekend in Round 19 SAFL action the Lismore Swans host the Casino Lions at Mortimer Oval, whilst the Murwillumbah Hawks take on the Magpies.
Up there Cazaly!