Byron’s Sam Mitchell dashes out of the back line while team mate Zeke Hower looks on. Photo Scott Anlezark
The Byron Coopers Magpies’ first half on Saturday at Bangalow was disheartening for opposition Burleigh Heads as the Bombers were unable to score a single goal.
The Magpies on the other hand kicked six straight goals in the first quarter, three from Matt Shaw, two from Liam Afflick and one from Brett Porter. The opening term could not have been any better for Byron.
The second quarter saw another five goals kicked by Byron, three of those from Joe Ryan. At the half-time break, Byron were in complete control of the game as Burleigh had struggled to get possession of the ball.
Burleigh found some confidence in the second half as Byron missed a number of shots at goal. However, a best on ground effort by centre half back Sam Mitchell repelled Burleigh’s attack to help set up 4 goals for his team in the third quarter.
Byron’s on-ballers continued to win the football in the fourth quarter to expose a huge gap between the two sides’ scoring abilities. Rested Byron backman Shannon ‘the Dog’ Davidson had plenty to cheer about as his side’s goal tally climbed to over 20. Davidson had a busy day attempting to match the number of goals scored with a corresponding number of beers consumed. His effort from the sideline was commendable and provides excellent preparation for the much-anticipated end of season footy trip.