Byron Bay Magpies AFL team have secured a home final after beating Tweed Heads last weekend on their way to securing the minor premiership.
Finishing on top of the table gives the Magpies a home final against number two in the northern rivers competition – the Ballina Bombers – this Saturday.
If they can win this final they get a week’s rest and a home grand final, club president and ruckman Michael Young said.
The Magpies moved their home ground to the Cavanbah Centre in 2015 and haven’t looked back.
They lost the 2015 Grand Final to Tweed Heads and plan to go one better this year.
They have beaten their Tweed rivals twice this season, 9.9.63 to 2.11.23 last Saturday when K Atkin and T Rehn both kicked two goals.
In the first round they beat an understrength Tweed Tigers by more than 150 points.
‘The club has benefited from a big playing group, with up to 60 people turning up to training over the year, giving the team a depth of talent,’ Michael said.
‘There is also no doubt that AFL is growing in the area.
‘The Cavanbah Centre on Ewingsdale Road, West Byron, is easy to get to and more central than our former Bangalow home,’ he said.
This has also helped to boost numbers.
A strong pre-season and a lot of hard work had underpinned the season, but Michael didn’t want to get too confident about the team’s chances of collecting this year’s flag.
‘Our senior coach Brett Porter has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and energy into getting us to this strong position.
‘We encourage the community to get behind us as we head into finals,’ Michael said.
The Ballina Bombers will be no pushover after dusting up the Lismore Swans by more than a hundred points (19.13.127 to 4.2.26) last weekend.
The final kicks off at the Cavanbah Centre at 2pm this Saturday. All welcome.