Lismore Swans defender Jack Hatfield looks for options downfield against Nimbin Demons at Nimbin on Saturday.
Lismore Swans defender Jack Hatfield looks for options downfield against Nimbin Demons at Nimbin on Saturday.

Ballina Bombers turn it on against the Byron Magpies

By DARREN MONCRIEFF

NEW Ballina Bombers coach Scott Brooks liked what he saw on Saturday when his side began its title defence with a workmanlike 40-point win, 19.5 (119) to 12.7 (79), over the Byron Magpies at Bangalow, in the second round of the Summerland Australian Football League (SAFL).

While obviously happy with the result, Brooks was unhappy with the Bombers' undisciplined first quarter.

"We were running at the man so I just told the boys at quarter-time to start playing 'our' footy and they responded to that," he said.

Respond they did with a five-goal term and an eight-goal third quarter while keeping the Magpies to just five in both quarters to seal the deal.

"It's good to have a win in our first hit-out," Brooks said. "We still have a few players to come back though."

The Bombers recruited well in the off-season, securing 10 new players, eight of whom played their part in the first-up win.

Brooks was an interested onlooker at the game at Nimbin last week, where Byron towelled the Demons, and his homework obviously paid off.

Swans down the Demons

SUPERIOR fitness, skills and finish with the ball saw Lismore Swans post a 169-point win, 31.15 (201) to 5.2 (32), over the Nimbin Demons at the Nimbin Showground on Saturday.

The Swans won in most positions and are now 2-0 after two rounds ahead of their bye this weekend.

Swans ruck duo Jason Bevan and Luke Meldrum were dominant in the air, feeding the tireless Daniel Bruce and Nick Heywood plenty of ball.

Nuggety midfielder Shaun Holland was perhaps best afield, racking up possessions at will and setting up countless forward moves for the Swans, which half-forward Doug Bone capitalised on with five goals, as did the other Doug, new recruit Perich, with four.

A relatively even first half saw the Demons, whose endeavour couldn't be questioned, trailed by just two goals at quarter-time and four at half-time, after which the floodgates opened up.

Swans coach Ron Meldrum said he was pleased with his team's cohesion.

"We got that going and we're starting to execute our game plan properly," he said.

"We still need to lift and we do lack a bit of depth with only 27 players on our list but I think we'll play a bit better on the larger grounds."

Meldrum said he was particularly impressed with Holland's run and Jeremy Lamberton's marking and goal sense, and the fact the Swans had an even spread of goalkickers.

Swans full-forward Adam Rhodes was held to just four goals for the afternoon but his output was complemented by an even spread of contributors in front of the sticks.

Nimbin had few winners across most positions but midfielders Will Alexander, Josh Mapstone, Billy Walker jnr, and ruckman Rod Harrison could hold their heads high for their tireless efforts.

The Demons were left to lament poor use of the ball when in the clear.



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