Byron Magpies Liam Afflick takes the mark, while Carara’s Rohan Hussey looks on, in the match at Round Mountain Stadium, Pottsville.
Byron Magpies Liam Afflick takes the mark, while Carara’s Rohan Hussey looks on, in the match at Round Mountain Stadium, Pottsville. File

Magpies to migrate again

THE continued wet weather has forced Byron Magpies to move their second consecutive home game from Schultz Oval.

Today's match has been transferred to Round Mountain Stadium, Pottsville where they take on the Tweed Tigers.

Whilst the Magpies lost last week against the impressive Carrara Saints there were plenty of encouraging signs, according to club president Greg Ryan.

Ryan said new captain-coach Michael Young was strong and versatile last week and will feed a very agile mid-field.

Liam Afflick and Shayne Baldwin typified the Byron resilience of the past and with the Magpies expecting experienced players back in the next few weeks to the team they will be the big improvers and test new powerhouse the Tigers this afternoon.

The Tigers lost seven experienced players from last year's grand final team and are building a mixture of youth and experience in a new set-up led by 20-year-old John Carlsey, who has kicked goals in all games so far this year.

Aussie rules convert Xavier Hawley's athleticism has impressed with Tigers president Mark Downward suggesting his natural skills will see him be a key target in the team as the season goes on.

Backman Aaron Deans has showed great positional play and will make scoring for the Magpies very difficult, as will the experience, size and aggression of David Round and Jimmy Walle and the Tigers look a well-rounded outfit.

The Ballina Bombers host Bond University at Fripp Oval and will be a good chance for locals to see one of the new Gold Coast teams in action.

The Bombers will have Lee Patavino back and his versatility and speed should allow Liam Stafford and Simon Crocker to have a far greater impact this afternoon than they did last week.

In the other game premiers Lismore Swans travel to Carrara to take on the Saints.

All games start at 2pm.



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