19.7 C
Byron Shire
November 30, 2021

Win keeps Byron Bay Rams in the race for minor premiership title

Latest News

Lismore Councillor candidate bios – Group A: Labor

The Echo asked all the Lismore election Councillor candidates to send in a bio. First cab off the rank was current Councillor Darlene Cook and Group A.

Other News

The nitty-gritty with the Lismore Mayoral candidates

Last month The Echo asked the Lismore Mayoral candidates 20 questions* about their thoughts, ideas and pizza, and as...

Public access to Bruns foreshore reduced by Reflections, say residents

Brunswick Heads residents are concerned that the managers of the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park are failing to stick to a court-ordered plan for the park, resulting in a potential loss of public access to the precious Brunswick River foreshore.

Give them a doggie inch…

Your article on dogs (17 November) is a sad reminder of the adage… give them an inch and they...

Thousands gather at Ballina MMAMV rally

Around 2,500 gathered at Missingham Park in Ballina to hear MMAMV speakers before marching to the Ballina police station and then making their way back to the starting point for more speakers.

Women Who Lead team focus on housing and environment

Letitia Kelly is heading the Independent Group F, Women Who Lead ticket in the upcoming Tweed Shire Council elections.

Smile, vague promise

Motherhood seems to be the big winner judging by the promises of our mayoral candidates and their teams. Smiling...

Golden Boot aspirant Aaron Walker sealed a 2–0 win for the Byron Bay Rams.
Golden Boot aspirant Aaron Walker sealed a 2–0 win for the Byron Bay Rams.


The top five contenders were looking for a strong win last weekend as the race for this year’s Football Far North Coast Premier League honours hots up.

A draw between ladder leaders Goonellabah and fourth-placed Bangalow tightened the competition and meant the Northern Hotel Rams were once again within striking distance of the Minor Premiership title.

The Rams’ Reserves opened Sunday’s proceedings with yet another huge win over Lismore’s Italo Stars. Four goals to Byron’s own star striker, Will Ennis, three to Tomás Do Prado Coelho and an own goal from Italo took the boys to an eight-goal victory and a total of 85 goals for the season to date.

The Ressies still share the top of the table with Richmond Rovers with a goal ­difference lead of 28.

The match was not so easy for the Premier League Rams, with the bottom-of-the-ladder Lismore crew putting in a gritty performance against the reigning champs. Despite the Rams’ overwhelming lineup of talent, the underdog Stars held the Rams to 0–0 scoreline into the break.

Repeated attacking moves from Golden Boot leader Aaron Walker, midfielders Lachie Dewar, Quinn McDonald and veteran Sam Owens bore no fruit for Byron until the opening minutes of the second session when Owens put the spill from a goalmouth skirmish back into the box and found the head of Dewar.

Italo fought back strongly but as fatigue and the relentless pressure from the Rams began to take their toll, the contest began to get a little ragged.

Finally, an Aaron Walker rush on goal was impeded by the Stars’ keeper and Walker buried the resulting penalty to lock in a 2–0 Rams win.

With just three rounds remaining, the Byron Prems still share second spot with arch rivals Rovers, six points adrift on goal difference.

Byron’s chance to challenge for the lead comes this Saturday when the Rams take on Goonellabah in Lismore. The Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Prems at 3pm.

Women take first premiership win on a mixed weekend

It was a big weekend for the Byron Bay Rams Women’s team who collected their first premiership win over Lennox Heads on Friday night, but also lost to Alstonville on ‘tired legs’ on Sunday.

The win for the Rams was even more special considering they were well-beaten 9-0 by the Lennox Head team in their previous meeting earlier in the month, team co-ordinator John McKay said.

The 2-1 victory came despite conceding the first goal of the match played in Byron Bay on Friday night.

Pride and skill soon kicked in and a very close to full-strength side showed what they were capable of.

‘The intent was there and the players were embarrassed by the score of the last game, they felt the need to atone,’ he said.

The team combined stoic defense and fluid, good-looking attack, he said.

The team had to back up against Alstonville on Sunday, to make up for their Splendour in the Grass bye from the previous week.

The double header was too much for the Byron Rams and despite leading 2-1 in the first half, the tired legs of the team, as well as the injury toll from Friday night took its toll and they ended up losing 4-2.

‘We just couldn’t sustain it in the second half,’ John said.

Prior to moving into the top-5 premiership rounds the Byron Women’s team had won all six of their games.


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

Gladys just doesn’t get it? Bullshit.

The rules are lost to the dark art of time, but when I was younger, we used to play a card game called ‘Bullshit’...

Flood warning for Richmond and Wilsons Rivers

A deepening low pressure trough through the northeast of the state is expected to bring rain and thunderstorms during Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the State Emergency Service.

Storms and rain for Tuesday and Wednesday in the Northern Rivers

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is predicting widespread thunderstorms and rain for the Northern Rivers.

Byron candidates 2021 Q&A part 2

Buckle in, seats upright, and loosen the belt!  It’s time to see what candidates have to say – in full – about our collective issues...