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The Byron Magpies AFL club has capped a superior year bagging premiership flags in first and reserves when they hosted grandfinal day last Saturday.

The firsts sealed their domination of the league this year, and their second premiership in a row when they beat the Tweed Coast Tigers 12.18-90–6.3-39.

The Tigers got off to a good start and led the game at the first break by four points.

But the Magpies took flight in the next two quarters and posted six goals to two, before charging home in the last with five goals to two.

In a good team performance mid-fielder Matt Caris had a great game, according to club president Michael Young.

‘He was hard in the contest, strong all day in the pack,’ he said.

The reserves convincingly beat Ballina 11.10-76–2.1-13 in the first grandfinal of the day.

Again the contest started fairly evenly with just four behinds separating the teams at half time when the score was 1.5-11–1.1-7. But the Byron reserves kicked on in the premier (third) quarter and went on to post 10 goals to one to seal a dominant performance.

‘Both teams had good wins. The boys were celebrating all weekend,’ he said.

‘Nick Cunningham had a great game at ruck, dominating around the ground,’ he said.

The club is enjoying its success before presentation night and perhaps a trip away.

Then it is back to preseason training after Christmas with an eye to ‘making it three in a row,’ Michael said.

The local women’s comp came to a head with the third grandfinal of the day that saw Lismore Swans beat the Ballina Bears 1.7-13–1.0-6.

‘It was a great day for the club and AFl, around 1,000 people came out to support their teams,’ he said.

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