Bombers’ attack not enough to end Magpies’ winning streak
BYRON Bay extended its winning run to 15 straight games, overcoming the Ballina Bombers 9-12-66 to 4-4-28 in front of a bumper crowd in local Aussie rules at the weekend.
The Bombers will rue the final three minutes of the first quarter when they conceded two late goals in poor defensive errors.
It came off the back of arguably the best and most ferocious attacking and defensive efforts of the season that saw only one goal from the Magpies as both teams exchanged attack after attack.
The Magpies took an 18-point lead into the second quarter, but the Bombers had a two-three goal breeze at their back and Tim Hisken repelled each Magpies attack while the evergreen veterans Sam Kennedy and Maurice Lawless turned Hisken's efforts into probing attacks.
For the Magpies Nathan Moon was everywhere and found support from Ian Dock and Dave Smith.
The Bombers task seemed enormous at halftime, four goals down and the Magpies with the wind.
Jake Goodlet, Jonathon Brooks and Trent Stanna delivered for the visitors in the third quarter with clinical ball control and precision disposals to snuff out any chance of an upset occurring by setting up a six-goal buffer to protect the undefeated mantle.
Simon Crocker in his 50th game for Ballina had one of his better performances of the season and his fourth quarter was exceptional.
Luke Cornwell chimed in as the Bombers showed they would not be finals pretenders but possibly contenders.
However, the class of Byron was evident for almost four quarters, with Matthew Shaw kicking three goals and Ahem Aitken and Nathank Moon kicking two apiece.
In the other game, the Tweed Tigers accounted for the Lismore Swans 9-14-68 to 7-6-48, undermining their likelihood to be the Magpies' biggest threat while the Swans showed they might be a finals dark horse.
Local Aussie rules raised almost $2500 for local charities and this week the Swans host the Bombers in a pink day, including a veterans' game as the curtain raiser, to again raise much-needed funds for support and research into breast cancer.