Byron Bay Magpies flying high in Qld Aussie Rules comp

THE Byron Bay Magpies soared above the Ballina Bombers on Saturday to continue their surge to premiership favouritism, posting an 8-8-56 to 5-9-39 win in Queensland AFA B South competition.

However, the Bombers will take a lot out of the game - especially when leading at three quarter time 5-8-38 to Byron's 5-6-36 and they had a strong southerly at their back for the final quarter.

In the last quarter the Magpies led by Joe Ryan scored four consecutive goals in a low scoring contest.

In strange circumstances the team kicking into the wind won each of the last three quarters.

Nathan Moon again was excellent. Sam Mitchell's versatility across the ground caused the Bombers a lot of issues while Jarrod Balchin and Joe Davidson provided multiple options.

There was one concern for Magpies coach Brett Porter when in the third quarter and kicking with the strong breeze his team gave away 5m penalties gifting Ballina two goals which gave the Bombers the ascendancy to cause an upset.

For the Bombers Jake Hayes racked up plenty of possessions and Luke Cornwell was impressive and found support in Ryan Seymour, Joe Ward and Pat Bulzomi.

Premierships are not won in May but the Magpies look the goods and now Bombers coach Steve Huckerby needs to ensure his charges play four quarters of football.

In the other game the Tweed Tiger's sent a timely reminder to Byron by comprehensively beating the Lismore Swans 16-17-113 to 5-6-36.



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