The Byron Coopers Magpies had yet another game away on Saturday when they travelled to Lismore to take on the Swans in their first meeting of the 2013 season.
Co-captain Shane Morritt won the coin toss and sent the team into the contest with some pre-game words of wisdom. A fairly even quarter unfolded as each side adjusted to the game. Byron came out two goals ahead at quarter time thanks to 6 pointers from Brett Porter.
The second quarter saw Byron gain the advantage, both in attack and defence. The Bullock brothers didn’t warm to the opposition’s close contact and took the game on with fists ready. Some friendly fire from Kane Bollock saw brother Kurt in the blood bin, with part time medic/part time beer consultant, Jarred Balchin, on hand to administer first aid. The half time score had Byron comfortably in front 8.4.52 to 2.2.14.
The third quarter was possibly Byron’s worst for the season as they allowed the Swans to score from quick turnovers on a number of occasions. The opposition showed some pace and skills throughout the quarter to creep back into the game with strong attack. The Byron coaching department wasn’t pleased at three quarter time and passed on some encouragement not fit for publication.
Byron responded with a final quarter that was much like their second. A quick goal within the first few minutes from Paul Cason saw the team regain their momentum.
Dave Smith and Rory Redfern continued accruing possessions and delivery into the forward line. The team limited Lismore’s hopes with strong marking and goals from Ash, Zeke and Jay Campbell. Byron claimed the win with final scores: Lismore 5.6.36 to Byron 13.15.93.
Beach Hotel and Soul Bowl awards went to Luke Henchske, Jay Campbell, Kane Bullock, Dan Tiffen, Nathan Moon and Brett Porter. The next game is against Ballina who Byron defeated by a single point at the start of the season.