26 C
Byron Shire
March 8, 2021

Reserves triumph, Prems déjà vu!

Latest News

Seapeace: the late Tony Maxwell’s wetland legacy

Many curious minds have pondered the purpose of the rice paddy-like waterbodies that scallop the contour lines out into the Ewingsdale coastal plain that can be viewed from St Helena Road.

Other News

Cartoon of the week – 3 March, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Top of Mt Warning

Daniel O’Brien, Federal Letters about Mt Warning were interesting. Chris Gee defended National Parks and Wildlife for adopting the views of...

Nurses call for an improved aged care sector

A ‘walk with nurses’ was held in Mullum last Friday, and aimed to highlight the concern aged care nurses have around fee structures, safety issues and staff training in order to properly care for our elderly.

Tweed Council staff’s delegated powers debated

The question of what staff and councillors get to decide in relation to development applications was raised by Tweed Councillor Ron Cooper at the last Tweed Shire Council meeting.

Police exchange gun fire at Dunoon – man arrested

At a media conference outside the Lismore police station this morning, Acting Superintendent Susan Johnston, Commander, Richmond Police Area Command, said that a man has been charged over an incident at Dunoon last night.

Question for Bob Carr

Simon Alderton, Murwillumbah I hope Kerry O’Brien asks Bob Carr (in their ‘conversations’ at Byron Theatre on Friday, 5 March) if...

Rams striker, James Tomlinson brushed aside the Rovers defenders to take Byron’s Second Goal.
Rams striker, James Tomlinson brushed aside the Rovers defenders to take Byron’s Second Goal.

Story & photo Dogwhistle

Last Saturday’s Football Far North Coast Premier League Grand Final turned out to be a replay of last year’s event right down to the final result!

The evening started out well for the Northern Hotel Rams, with the Reserve Grade boys taking to the muddy pitch determined to reverse 2014’s Grand Final loss to arch-rival and Pointscore Champions, Richmond Rovers.

The Oakes Oval crowd were treated to an entertaining display of fast, fluid, high-quality football as the Byron squad totally outclassed their Lismore opposition. Two minutes into the opening session, Connor Cannon opened the scoring, pouncing on a rebound and driving home a superb 25-metre strike.

A moment later, a flawless attacking build-up from the Rams finished with a cross to Herick Schuenmann, who finished cleanly to give Byron an early two-goal lead. Twenty minutes in, a long lofting shot from Rovers sailed over Byron’s birthday boy keeper Isaac Askew, taking the score to 2–1 and putting Rovers back in the game.

The Byron dominance continued into the second half, however, and seven minutes in, a shot from George Martin rebounded off the keeper only to be driven home by the referee’s Man of the Match, Kazahiro Tsukamoto. Five minutes later, a flanking run from Jonathan Pierce and a cross found Conor Cannon, who took the final score to a decisive 4–1 and gave the Ressies their first silverware in some years.

The Premier division Rams began their big challenge looking to be in equally good form.

A soaring tandem leap from Michael Kelly and James Tomlinson in the opening minutes saw Kelly get a head to a corner from Sam Owens to put the Rams ahead 1–0. The strength and pace of Rams’ striking duo, James Tomlinson and Tyson Kaye, kept the pressure on the Rovers’ defence, but it was Rovers who scored next with an unstoppable drive 40 minutes in.

Tomlinson responded minutes later with a powerful run, brushing off the Rovers’ defenders, sprinting 40 metres to the Lismore goal and slotting home Byron’s second.

The second half looked like bringing more of the same but Rovers were determined not to let the Rams have their way. The Lismore squad took the play up a notch and, abandoning their trademark long-ball strategy, made life difficult for the Byron defence with a relentless attack. Only an outstanding performance by Rams keeper Chris Jones kept Byron in the game.

Byron kept up their attack but, despite several opportunities, couldn’t find the vital third goal. Late in the second half, Rovers equalised, forcing the match, once again, into extra time.

The heavy conditions took their toll on both sides and an intense and exhausting 20-minute struggle failed to produce a winning goal.

In a dramatic repeat of last year’s Grand Final, Rovers and the Rams were forced into a penalty shootout to decide the contest. The exhaustion on both sides was clearly telling and, after some uncharacteristic misses from the Rams’ shooters, Rovers took out the win.

A disappointing loss for the Pointscore Champions but a well-earned win for Rovers.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Caravan park to pay $2.3mil plus to consumers

The NSW Court of Appeal has upheld the Supreme Court’s decision arising from the sale of the movable dwellings located on waterfront sites along the Tweed River.

Government modelling fails to reflect women’s interrupted careers

New research to be released this week analyses two decades of Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey to estimate the actual labour force experience of women over their life and accounts for working when super is not paid.

Ballina cleans up!

Clean Up Australia Day was a great success in Ballina, with the beach clean up event organised by Ballina Coastcare yesterday attracting twenty volunteers.

Lismore future councillor information sessions

With the delayed Local Government elections being held in September, several councils, including Lismore City Council, are holding information sessions for community members who are thinking about running for Council.