September in AFL terminology quite simply means the finals. Finals football is cut-throat, no second chances and nothing else matters. Its without a doubt an exciting time to be involved because any team on any given day can win.
The Lismore Swans overpowered the tenacious Casino Lions 22.8.140 to 10.12.72 in front of a big crowd in the minor semi final. The Lions roared in the first quarter and led 4.3.27 to the Swans 4.2.26 but by the long break the Swans had rallied to hold a 9.4.58 to 6.5.41 advantage. The third quarter sealed the Lions fate.
Swans sharp shooter Adam Rhodes kicked six majors, whilst Doug Toss Me A Bone got four and John Richmond Thompson and Carrots Lamberton slotted in three. Rugby union convert Ed John Butler Lipman was best for Lismore in a strong display at centre halfback, whilst captain and fullback Lyndon Dyson made a triumphant return with his inspirational charges from the backline.
In the major semi final Ballina outgunned Byron in a 21.16.142 to 16.7.103 victory and booked themselves into the SAFL grand final on September 16.
The first quarter saw the Bombers hold a 5.4.34 to 3.0.18 advantage and by the main break extended that to a 10.16.70 to 7.4.46 lead.
The first half saw both sides delivering the ball up and down the flanks, waiting for the turnover. The Bombers created space through Patti Bulzome and Matt Beddesford in the ruck. The Bombers backline outnumbered Shem Aitken.
Aitken then moved into the ruck and became a roving centre half forward. The move was successful as the Magpies moved closer with a 13.14.90 to 12.4.76 quarter. The Bombers seemed to have the numbers and with big Peter Plummer on fire they produced a devastating 52 point last quarter. Byron had their chances, even getting to within 10 points in the third quarter, but ran out of steam. The Magpies will now take on the Lismore Swans in the preliminary final at Schulz Oval in Bangalow this Saturday at 2pm for an opportunity to play in the grand final.
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