Bombers put flight to Swans
With the welcome mat laid out to returning players and having mastered the blustery conditions at Fripp Oval, Ballina, that is what the Bombers did by 43 points in Round 4 of the Summerland Australian Football League (SAFL) on Saturday.
Ballina found form and favour with a runaway 15.18 (108) to 9.11 (65) win to record their third victory this season while handing the Swans a reality check of generous proportions.
Scott Brooks' men defied the elements to kick four final-quarter goals into a stiff breeze that had previoulsy yielded just 1.2 in three quarters of football.
The Bombers could have iced the game in the third quarter but for a wasteful 4.10 for the term.
Ballina forwards Jonathan Leach and Dale Reyne were prominent for the home side in front of goal, sharing eight among them. They were assisted by a support cast including Bryce Porker, who mopped up superbly in defence, Matt Bell, Matt Gardiner, Heath Wall, Tim Price with three goals and the unstoppable Pat Bulzomi with one.
The game was blighted by a stiff northerly breeze that made hitting targets difficult.
Ballina won the toss and kicked with it and had 13 shots on goal for a 7.6 return - with Reyne a handful for the Swans' defence with three goals - while a stunned Lismore managed just two points from limited opportunities.
Lismore hit back in the second quarter with the breeze and kicked 6.6 to Ballina's one behind.
The Swans had no answer to the Bombers' rampant third term and were spent by the final quarter, with the home side running away with it in the last.
Lismore's premiership aspirations took a hard southbound turn with the loss of their rock at full-back, Simon Lovell, who was thought to have seriously injured his Achilles.
Byron big winners
A SEVEN-goal second quarter allowed a 16-man Byron Magpies side to set up a 100-point win over Nimbin at Nimbin on Saturday.
Last year's premiers spoiled Nimbin's first home game this season, winning 28.12 (180) to 12.8 (80), the margin blowing out after an even first quarter.
Shelley Fulton, Kurt and Kane Bullock and Jonno Boyd had a lot of it for the Magpies while Rowan Hindry, Ruben Garcia, Alex Walker, Will Alexander and Billy Walker Jnr were named as Nimbin's best.