Historic win as Lions dominate
THE Casino RSM U14s Lions had their best ever win, defeating last year's grand finalists by 43 points in a dominant effort.
Sam Hemsley-Hackett led the centres, Solomon Torrens led the forwards and Zac Green was at his toughest in the ruck.
Lachlan Parker, Sam Johnston and Matt Bradshaw all kicked goals, adding to Solomon's four majors.
James Wilson and Sean Fitzpatrick stood tall in the back line along with Luke Judson, Thomas Moy and Katelyn Stevenson, keeping Byron goalless until the last quarter.
Matt Bradshaw and Brayden Heath controlled the centre and Beau Donnelly, Riley Patton and Conner Hannigan applied plenty of pressure, keeping the ball with the Lions forward line for extended periods.
The Chicken Mania U16s had a 24-point win over the second-placed Lismore Swans. Kiel Drew took mark of the year and was outstanding along with Jack Hemsley-Hackett, Audley Hickling and Max Smith.
Luke Anderson had his best game of the year helping Scott Torrens and Braiden Needham in the forward line. Benny Harper moved AJ Torrens to centre half back which proved to be a game-winning change where AJ and his fellow backs rarely let the opposition through.
Pete Laurie and Hunter Stewart showed class around the ground and Alex Green showed great skill topping off a great win against top opposition.
The Royal Cafe U12s played the top-of-the-ladder Byron Pies in a hard-fought game, going down in a lion-hearted effort by 31 points, a dramatic improvement from an earlier encounter.
Tye Whitton was everywhere, helping Jake Patton, Troy McDonald, Cleveland Sifoni and Logan Stewart in the middle.
Lachlan McNiell was fantastic at full back taking a game-high 11 marks.
Nathaniel Harper, Saxon Heath, Hugh Donnelly and Zac Wall all tackled ferociously. Danny Handocha kicked a great team goal set up by smart work by Tommy Wyatt and Josh Speak. Brodie Murphy, Atlas Irving and Harold Torrens showed polish but Byron played the windy conditions better in the end.