Magpies beat formerly undefeated Bullsharks

TEAM EFFORT: Ballina Bombers had a 66-60 win against the Tweed Tigers in AFL Queensland Division B at Fripp Oval, Ballina on Saturday.
TEAM EFFORT: Ballina Bombers had a 66-60 win against the Tweed Tigers in AFL Queensland Division B at Fripp Oval, Ballina on Saturday. Contributed

AFL Queensland Division B South took a while to heat up but over a long weekend of local AFL it reached boiling point.

The Byron Magpies pulled off the upset of the season beating undefeated Bond Uni Bullsharks on Friday night

The Bullsharks led by 3 points at half time in a tightly contested first half. But in the third quarter the 12 times premiers staked a claim for September footy in 2014

Dan Tiffin, Shane Morritt and Heath Giggs were resolute in defence allowing attacking mid-fielders and forwards Nathan Moon, Rhys Lavery and Zeke Hower to weave their magic.

Added to this was the tactical move of Sam Mitchell up forward and 3 quick goals swung the game the Magpies way in a low scoring encounter

The final quarter was an arm wrestle which many thought Byron would surrender against the younger and fitter Bond juggernaut but the Magpies tenacity has kept finals footy a reality for them this season.

Final score 6-8-44 to 5-6-36

ON Saturday the Ballina Bombers pulled off an upset beating 2nd placed Tweed Tigers 9-12-66 to 9-6-60 in windy conditions

Similar to Byron, Ballina stung Tweed in a blitz but this time in the 2nd quarter kicking 5 goals to Tweeds single point

For much of the season, the Bombers relied on Doug North and Jake Hayes but coach Pete Plummer was ecstatic as Isaac Cleary, Jesse Leeds, Luke Cornwell and Pat Bulzomi racked up possessions and quality disposals, robbing the normally rampant Tigers of possession

The other bonus was the performance of ruck man Shane Siviour and if the Bombers reach the finals their ruckmen's dominance is critical

With five rounds to go Bond and Tweed although both beaten are assured of finals footy and the three local teams will fight it out for the other two positions which will be a great prelude to the finals.



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