FOOTY FEVER: The Lismore Swans and the Byron Magpies men's and women's teams went head to head at Cavanbah Centre, in perfect winter sunshine.
FOOTY FEVER: The Lismore Swans and the Byron Magpies men's and women's teams went head to head at Cavanbah Centre, in perfect winter sunshine. Adrian Etherson

YOUR SPORT: Swans women smash cold 'pies

IN PERFECT winter sunshine the Lismore Women's AFL team took the Byron Magpies to the cleaners and kept the home side from scoring at Cavanbah Park on Saturday.

Playing an energetic game, the Swans women's scored a searing 7.12-54, while swooping around the Magpies who couldn't seem to find their form.

The reigning women's premiership team were all class and sucked up all the oxygen from the field from the first to last siren and are now sitting in second place on the ladder.

Swans captain Laura Cahill, said the Lismore women's team went in with a fierce mind-set.

"Our main focus was to put in to practise our set plays to gain possession and score." she said.

"We did a fair bit of player rotation."

This paradigm showed as again and again, the Swans women were able to convert and send the Sherrin through the goalposts, Brie Olive and Emma Wilson accountign for two each and Ruby Armbruster, Maggie Riley and Tamara Hamshaw all threading one through.

However, Cahill said the Swans have a lot of respect for their opposition.

"As as Byron did not have enough numbers, we matched with their 12 on the day," she said.

"The Byron team who are all new this year and have been plagued by injury, with a bit more experience behind them they will get themselves up there."

Meanwhile, the Magpie's men's team stood up and decided to use the home ground advantage despite the Swans heroic efforts, beat them 12.10-82 to 10.6-66.

It was a close call as the Magpies had been playing catch-up until the final moments of the last quarter.

"Our senior men were in front until the last four minutes," Cahill said.

"They were well and truly ahead the whole game."

Cahill said the Lismore Swans men's team showed their depth as they had six separate goal kickers while the majority of the Magpies scores were kicked off one player's boot.

"Andrew Baker and Dean Nichols kicked four goals each," she said.

"Angus Legoe, Mitch Wright and Shaun King each kicked on goal."

Earlier in the day the Swans's reserves team also took a shellacking, as they went down by more 50 points in a thrashing by the Magpies 11.12-78 to 2.-14.

Cahill said the reserves team have a lot talent and after their win the previous week against Tweed showed they are able to play cohesively.

"The reserves team are making progress," she said.



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