Brave Bombers go down fighting
AS the Summerland AFL grand final rematch between Lismore and Byron played out to be a one-sided result for the home side in Lismore on Saturday, across the way at Fripp Oval, Ballina, Bombers players could only watch in despair as a last-gasp kick from Coolangatta’s Leigh Philpot sailed through the sticks to snatch the Blues a dramatic three-point 11.17 (83) to 11.14 (80) win.
It was a heart-wrenching end for the brave Bombers, which led at every change and until at the death.
The Blues kicked three goals in the last five minutes to get within three points before Philpot’s heroics.
Back at Lismore’s Mortimer Oval, a largely disjointed Byron Magpies side were no match for Lismore, which set up its 117-point victory with a nine goals-to-two first term to win 22.14 (146) to 4.5 (29).
Lismore ruckman Shaun Wadwell underscored his value to the Swans with a solid four-quarter effort, setting up countless attacking moves from around the ground.
The Swans’ fleet-footed midfield brigade, led by Alex Aitken, gave their forwards plenty of ball to choose from where Wes Seewald (five goals), David Woon (3), Ethan Lenson, Dean Webb and Mitch Montgomery (2) capitalised to damaging effect.
Byron utility Kurt Bullock, and Crispin Myers, played valiantly in a team suffering from several key absentees.