Byron Magpies sink Lismore Swans
JOEY Mitchell is urging his Lismore Swans players to stand tall despite losing out in the latest South-east Queensland/Northern Rivers Division Four South AFL action.
Strong second and fourth-quarter displays allowed the powerful Byron Magpies to maintain their berth at top of the premiership ladder with a 57-point victory at Mortimer Oval.
The final margin of Saturday's victory was perhaps tough on the Swans, who matched the handy visitors for extended periods of the clash.
Mitchell said he hoped his players would take a lot of positives out of the hard-fought contest.
"To be honest, a lot of the guys are not feeling too bad (with the result)," he said.
"Byron said we were the toughest side physically they have played this season, which was good to hear.
"I hope the guys look at their effort here and say, 'I am a good player, regardless of the result'.
"We lost but I am happy with where we are going."
The Magpies led by just 13 points after a close first quarter but the league leaders stepped it up in the second stanza; a 31-point surge ensuring the visitors were well in control at the main break.
The Swans did well in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents to stay in touch.
It was not to be for the hosts, though, as the visitors piled on 30 points in the final quarter to seal a comfortable 13.15 (93) to 5.6 (36) victory.
Brett Porter and Jay Campbell both kicked four goals for the Magpies, while Luke Henscke continued his recent good form with another solid display.
Kurt Bullock, Daniel Tiffin and Nathan Moon were other standout performers.
Scott Brown and Alex Power were among the best for the Swans.
Meanwhile, high-flying Tweed Coast Tigers kept up the pressure on the Magpies with a comfortable victory over Bond Uni.
Ashley Gemmill starred, kicking 10 goals to help the Tigers seal a thumping 21.15 (141) to 10.10 (70) triumph.
Ballina Bombers also picked up a welcome win on the road, belting Robina by more than 50 points.
Tim Price booted three goals and Jacob Rodda and Ryan Woolley chipped in with two apiece as the Bombers racked up a convincing 11.10 (76) to 3.7 (25) win.