Story & photo Dogwhistle
The Northern Hotel Byron Bay Rams continue to cut a swathe through the lower order of the FFNC Premier and Premier Reserves divisions with emphatic wins in both grades against Lennox Head on Friday last.
Between them, the Rams’ top two teams have notched forty-five goals and conceded only two in the last three rounds – all night games!
Despite being down ten of the regular squad on Friday night, both Rams teams turned on some of their best football to date, leaving little opportunity for the hapless Sharks.
Staff shortages meant several players were drafted from third and first division teams — most notably young thirds/firsts talent Yarbirri Zillig-Vandyke, who not only made his ressies debut, but came on as a sub and scored a hat-trick to celebrate!
The Rams’ attack produced outstanding goals, including an amazing dead-level 45-metre drive into the net from the Rams’ new Argentine signing Thomas. Another hat-trick to Will Ennis and goals to Jonah Parenteau and Rams’ immortal Bruce Morhaus completed the 10–0 rout.
Lachie Dewar put the Rams on the board early with a masterful individual goal in the opening minutes of the Premier Division match. The absence of Herrick Schuenemann precipitated a move to the midfield for the versatile James Tomlinson. Tommo revelled in the role and put away a hat-trick of his own. More quality play from the restructured Rams left the Sharks floundering and goals to Tomas, Sam Owens and two to Aaron Walker took the final tally to 8–0.
The Byron boys head inland this Saturday and should face a stronger challenge from a determined Lismore Thistles. Always tough at home, Thistles are battling for a finals spot and will be fired up for a win.
Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.