Byron Bay shoot for the triple

There will be little time for rest for Byron Bay after claiming their first Football Far North Coast premiership double with a 2-1 win over Richmond Rovers in the premier league grand final on Saturday. They now have to back-up and host the 2006 Northern Premiers Cup this weekend.

The two-day tournament draws together the best premier league clubs from Newcastle to the border, with the Rams up against Northern Inland premiers North Armidale, Urunga Raiders from Mid North Cost Football and Macleay Valley Rangers from North Coast Football.

The trophy has been held by FFNC clubs for the last two years after Goonellabah hosted and won the last tournament, following Richmond Rovers success in Coffs Harbour the previous year.

Byron will play their first match on Saturday at 2pm, with a win enough to put them into the final on Sunday.

Rams coach Peter Ware will have a full side available, with the exception of flanker Eden Robinson, who is taking up the opportunity to trial with A league club Perth Glory.

The boys are certainly match fit, but the hard part will be getting our focus back after a hard year and a week celebrating the grand final win, he said. But its a big honour to represent the region and well give it our best shot.


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