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The senior Byron Bay Magpies AFL remains undefeated this season after easily beating the Lismore Swans 21.18–144 to 2.2–14 last Friday  at the Cavanbah Centre.

The blistering form of the side follows on from winning the premiership in 2016.

‘We did a lot of preseason work and that is really paying off,’ club president Michael Young said.

The side has also won both its encounters in the cross-conference tournament that involves playing a round robin with the sides from the North Coast League including Port Macquarie, Grafton, Sawtell and Coffs Harbour.

‘We are probably the standout club across the whole northern region of NSW at the moment,‘ he said.

The side has picked up some exciting and enthusiastic interstate talent during the summer break and has maintained consistently good form despite a turnover of close to one-third of the premiership winning side.

This year the club has expanded to include a senior reserve grade team called the Swoopers that is as much about player and club development as anything else.

‘This new team is all about getting more people involved. It has made the Magpies a better club to be involved with,’ he said.

The Swoopers are also undefeated this season, but have only played half as many games as the first grade team.


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