The Byron Coopers Magpies travelled across the border to Burleigh Heads on Saturday morning to face newcomers to the competition, the Burleigh Bombers.
Strong south-easterly winds made for testing conditions and an even first quarter with each side scoring two goals by the first break. Midfielders Nathan Moon and Kane Bullock worked hard in the middle of the ground throughout the first quarter and into the second, both drifting forward to kick goals during the game.
Byron was able to get more of the ball in the second quarter thanks to ruckman Luke Henschke and winger Dane Winstanley.
Byron’s running players made the most of the big ground and kept the opposition goal less for the quarter. The scores had Byron two goals in front at half time.
Backline players lead by Shane Morritt, Dan Tiffen, Shannon Davidson and Sam Mitchell reduced the scoring opportunities for Burliegh in the third quarter. The Magpies went into the three quarter time huddle having kicked 3 goals into the strong breeze.
The Bombers pushed Byron in the final quarter, but goals by Liam Afflick and Jay Campbell secured the win. Final scores were Byron 8.14.62 to Burleigh 5.7.37. Beach Hotel Award winners were Nathan Moon, Shannon Davidson, Shane Morritt, Luke Henschke, Heath Griggs, Dan Tiffe and Kane Bullock. A number of injuries will test the team this week as they look to their first game against Lismore Swans at Lismore on Saturday.