Redland Bombers take top prize
REDLAND Bombers enjoyed a stint in picturesque Byron Bay over the weekend and were awarded $8000 for their troubles.
The team claimed the winner's cheque and the inaugural Byron Bay AFL 9s Invitational title after cruising through the two-day carnival undefeated and finish with a 13.2 80 to 7.2 44 victory.
AFL Queensland's Marc Seen said the event, which drew about 500 visitors to Byron, received "fantastic" support from the community.
"The event was a great success with a number of interstate staff and managers visiting to witness the first event of its kind," he said.
"Byron provided a perfect setting for the weekend and both the new facility, beaches and local community attracted teams from throughout Australia.
"The winners are thoroughly enjoying their prize money, however all captains mentioned that the prize is secondary to the experience of enjoying Byron with their close friends and team mates."
It was a cushy grand final win for the Brisbane-based Bombers, who took out the decider 80-44 over experienced 9s campaigners, the Eshay Clan.
The North East Australian Football League team showed its skills were just too good for the Eshay Clan, scoring six unanswered goals in a perfect finals start.
With a 9.2 (56) - 2.1 (13) half-time score, the Bombers' lead remained untouched as the game finished, despite a fight-back from the Eshay Clan.
White Line Fever finished third overall.
The women's prize went to Victorious Secret from the Victorian Women's Football League, who cruised to a 95-12 win over the Thunder.
They claimed a $4000 prize and remained undefeated until the very end.
UTS Shamrocks finished third, with Coops showing plenty of fight throughout the weekend.
The mixed prize stayed at home after a thrilling grand final, going to the Local Legends.
Comprised of players from the Northern Rivers and Gold Coast, the Legends managed a 46-40 win over the All State Partners Tigers in the decider.