Tweed Coast’s Shayne Art (front) had to think quick as Ballina’s Matt Bell looked set to wrap him up in a tackle in the Summerland AFL first semi-final at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.
Tweed Coast’s Shayne Art (front) had to think quick as Ballina’s Matt Bell looked set to wrap him up in a tackle in the Summerland AFL first semi-final at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.

Byron Magpies through SAFL semi finals

BYRON Magpies are on target to claim a hat-trick of Summerland Australian Football League premierships after holding off a tenacious Lismore in a high standard second semi-final at Mortimer Oval, Lismore, on Saturday.

The Magpies’ 25-point 18.5 (113) to 12.16 (88) win over a desperately unlucky Swans side continues the coast club’s dominance of local football with Byron now on track to claim its 12th senior flag.

The Magpies’ brought their kicking boots as they landed eight straight goals in the first quarter to the Swans’ respectable 4.2. An Eddie Burton goal from an angle 40m out on the half-time siren brought the Swans back to within 12 points at the main break.

Honours were shared in a tight third quarter and the Swans had the Byron defence scrambling when they closed that gap to seven points early in the final stanza. But the final-hardened Magpies outfit weathered the early storm to steady and book its spot in the big one.

Lismore will have to counter a well-drilled Tweed Coast side in next Saturday’s preliminary final after the Tigers ended Ballina’s season with an authoritative 94-point win in the first semi-final, 20.15 (135) to 6.5 (41).

The Tigers’ imposed themselves on Ballina from the outset and held a 39-point lead at half-time.
The Tweed side built on their lead while completely nullifying the Bombers’ forwards, adding 12 goals to three in the second half.


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