Aussie Rules: Byron keen to go one better this season
THE expanded season of local Aussie Rules will start tonight with a grand final rematch between the Byron Magpies and defending premiers Tweed Tigers.
Byron, under coach Brett Porter, were undefeated last season until losing the grand final. The 12-time local premiers have not won a flag since 2009.
Tomorrow the Lismore Swans host the Ballina Bombers at Mortimer Oval from 2pm.
Phil Tsourlinous continues as the Swans boss while Kris Davis takes over at Ballina as player-coach.
Davis is a ruckman and consistently among the Bombers' best last season. How he balances the pressure of tactics, structure and on-field changes with his own form will be critical to their success.
The Swans have been impressive under Tsourlinous and with a likely move to Oakes Oval in the future they will look to build momentum.
Local AFL enthusiasts are also looking ahead to next week with a double-header at Fripp Oval, Ballina, in the expanded regional league.
The Magpies will play Sawtell at 11.30am then the Bombers host the Coffs Harbour Breakers from 2pm.
Tweed will travel to play Port Macquarie at Grafton and the Swans will tackle the Grafton Tigers in the other game on the Clarence.