Magpies, Swans win easily
By DARREN MONCRIEFF
AN eight goals-to-one burst in the second-quarter allowed the Byron Magpies to run away with a comfortable 148-point win over a courageous but under-strength Nimbin Demons at Shultz Oval, Bangalow, in Summerland Australian Football League (SAFL) action.
In the other game, the Lismore Swans withstood a third-quarter fightback from the Casino Lions to win by 84 points at Mortimer Oval, Lismore.
Byron dominated in most positions in their 23.30 (168) to 3.2 (20) win over Nimbin with only inaccuracy preventing the Magpies posting a higher total.
Apart from the big win, there are good signs that, should the club retain its players, the Magpies are one or two seasons away from returning to their glory days, when premierships were there for the taking.
Among the stars of the young brigade was ruckman Sam Buultjens. Opposed to the Demons' Frank Sommerville for most of the day, the youngster broke even with his more experienced counterpart and fed his onballers with some deft touches around the stoppages.
Billy Smith, Stu Burns and Karim Kaufmann, standing in at full-forward for the injured Shem Aitken, gave the undermanned Nimbin side a lesson in how to finish, with the trio sharing 13 goals between them. Sean McQueen also played well.
Despite the carnage on the scoreboard, the Demons can take heart from several areas where they held their own with some sublime passages of play. But these came only in patches, and mostly in the third quarter.
Hard man Zednik Novak, Ruben Garcia and Will Alexander led the charge and tried their hardest to lift their side, while coach Paul Peterson took on the difficult role at full-back. Alexander, Grant Treloar and Novak were the Demons' goal scorers.
Meantime, the Lismore Swans shook off the previous week's disappointing loss to Ballina to post a solid 23.23 (161) to 11.11 (77) win over the Casino Lions but not before a five-goal third-quarter by the Lions.
West Australian Doug Perich was named Lismore's best after kicking seven goals, while dashing half-back flanker George Massa chimed in with three in another fine display of attacking football. Jeremy Lamberton chipped in with two goals.
Good signs for the Lions was their 'win' of the third quarter, kicking 5.4 to the Swans' 4.4, which came on the back of a gutsy win over the Demons at Nimbin the previous week.