FLYING HIGH: The Byron Bay Magpies thrashed the Tweed Coast Tigers in the grand final rematch at the weekend.
FLYING HIGH: The Byron Bay Magpies thrashed the Tweed Coast Tigers in the grand final rematch at the weekend. Contributed

Sweet revenge for Magpies in AFL

THE Byron Bay Magpies exacted grand final revenge in local Aussie Rules when they thrashed Tweed Coast Tigers 23.16 (154) to Tweeds 2.3 (15).

The Magpies went through undefeated last year until Tigers beat them by one point in the decider.

Keiren Aitkin scored an almighty 11 goals at the weekend, but a highlight for the Magpies was the emergence of teenagers Gus Staley and Henry Edmeades along with new signing Zach Sullivan.

Tom Rhen showed his AFL pedigree with a dazzling display to also be one of the best on the ground.

Sam Buultjens also returned to the nest in 2016.

Not to be outdone, Magpies regulars Nathan Moon, Rhys Lavery and Dan Tiffen fed the hungry Aitkin good, clean, accurate footy that was well executed.

The Tigers are renowned slow starters but in recent years perennial premiers so there will be no alarm bells in the Tigers Den just yet.

In the other game the Ballina Bombers almost flew as high as the Magpies accounting for the Lismore Swans 16.8 (104) to 7.6 (48).

Highlights were Tim Price booting seven goals and the best on ground debut of Colin Obrien who scored three.

For Swans again no alarm bells as there was only two points the difference at quarter time and half time.

They just ran out of legs and it's only early in the season.

Their best was Shaun King who kicked two goals.

This weekend, Coffs Harbour and Sawtell-Tormina travel to Ballina to take on the Bombers and Magpies in a double header at Fripp Oval, Ballina, while the Tigers and Swans venture to Grafton.



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