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Byron Bay Wildcats roar into third place in youth competition

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Consistent play earned the BBFC Wildcats a third place in the YSL.

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In a contest for third place in the Summer Youth League the Spell and the Gypsy Collective Byron Bay Wildcats travelled to Lennox Head for their final game and came away clear winners.

Both teams were sitting equal third on the table going into the match although the Byron team had a superior for and against.

The Lennox team were under strength but this didn’t stop them playing and from the start they were very physical and typically skilled.

The Wildcats weathered an early storm before their consistent goal scorer Samy Bashford got in behind the Lennox defence and delightfully chipped their goalie to put the Wildcats up by one.

Lisa Bolt, the Wildcats striker, then got to work and used her express pace to finally beat the offside trap and went round the goalie for the team’s second.

Lennox hit back with a nice strike to go into the half-time break 2–1.

From there it never really felt like the Wildcats were under too much pressure and ended up winning 5–2.

Lisa Bolt added another two to her tally for a well- earned triple (and a yellow card to boot) and a wonder strike from their dominant mid-fielder, Zoe Corbett, sealed it for the Wildcats.

It has been a very successful Summer Youth League for the squad, finishing third in a hard-fought competition.

They also blooded new players and developed some great combinations for the new year.

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