A massive first half set up an outstanding win for the Byron Coopers Magpies on Friday night at Shultz Oval, Bangalow.
With a final score of 18.18.126 to 3.3.21, the Magpies were unmatched by their Queensland opponents, the Bond Uni Bull Sharks. Before the game commenced, Coach Dave Gee asked for a big opening quarter and the team didn’t disappoint.
Constant delivery to the forward line from the opening bounce by Byron’s midfield set the game up.
The back six were left with little work to do on a cool Bangalow night, but when the play did come their way they rebounded the ball back to their scoring end. The second quarter was much the same as the first with one way traffic towards Byron’s goals.
The Bull Sharks showed some fight in the third and fourth quarters and made the most of some of Byron’s mistakes. But the Magpies’ control of the game was never truly tested throughout the second half as the home team took their goal tally to eighteen.
Beach Hotel best players included midfielders Dave Smith and Kane Bullock who racked up a big possession count, wingman Nick Patten, ruckman Luke Henchske, and the goal scoring duo in the forward line Brett Porter and Liam Afflick.
The win keeps the team undefeated this year. They will travel to Burleigh Heads this weekend for their first test against a new team to the 2013 competition.