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Bangalow-based team The Bar has won the 2016 AFL9s spring social competition for the third year in a row.

In the grand final played last week The Bar beat the team from the Byron Bay English Language School.

This team is made up of foreigners who had never before played AFL.

‘They were quite unbelieveable, hats off to them,’  The Bar spokesman Andy Robinson said.

The Bar includes several ex-AFL players.

‘We did alright,’ Andy said. ‘Kyla in particular had an outstanding series’.

Six mixed teams competed across the seven-week competition with all games played at the Cavanbah Centre.

AFL9s is the social, touch version of the game played on a modified field and promoted as a game for everyone, according to competition coordinator Molly Kenwood.

‘The competition received overwhelming positive feedback with AFL9s providing huge indirect benefits to assist AFL growth on the northern rivers,’ Molly said.

AFL9s competitions have also recently wrapped up in Lismore and Pottsville with a total of 19 teams participating across the three northern rivers venues.

The Bar play the winners of the Lismore and Pottsville competitions in the first ever northern rivers cross competition All Stars game at the Cavanbah Centre on December 14, at 6pm.

The crowned AFL9s Northern Rivers Champion will receive free entry into the October 2017 Byron 9s National Carnival.


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