The Byron Coopers Magpies secured the 2013 Minor Premiership on Saturday afternoon with an outstanding 99 point win over Lismore Swans. Byron got the jump on the opposition in the opening quarter as rain fell at Mortimer Oval in Lismore. The Swans were kept goalless but Byron’s forwards Jay Campbell and Brett Porter kept the scorer in a job.
The umpire attempted to stamp his authority on the game in the second quarter by sending winger Floyd Bullock and his opponent to the sin bin for some apparent rough play. As the rain cleared Byron’s experience and effort at the ball sent them through to the half time break well in control of the game.
The third quarter saw backmen Sam Mitchell and Zac Petty sneak forward to kick goals and push the gap between the two teams to over 60 points. Dane Winstanley sniffed out the ball like a rodent using his near 140cm height to his advantage and winning the football at ground level.
Byron kicked further away in the last term with final scores 17.9.111 to 1.8.14.
The team will enjoy a Saturday off this weekend before their first final on August 3. A win in that match will see them through to the grand final, and a loss will provide them with a second chance.
Byron goals: Brett Porter 5, Jay Campbell 3, Matt Shaw 2, Trent Stana 2, Kane Bullock 1, Zac Petty 1, Sam Mitchell 1, Jared Balchin 1, Dane Winstanley 1.
Byron best: Kane Bullock, Sam Mitchell, Heath Griggs, Brett Porter, Zeke Hower, Jay Campbell.