The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club came away from the Shara Boulevard Sports ground last Friday night with their hands firmly on the fiercely contested Origin Shield after beeating Ocean Shores 5–1 in first division.
Everything rested on the game after Ocean Shores had won the two previous first divison games of the season while MBVFC had won both of the division three games. On aggregate the clubs were even.
‘As far as local sporting rivalries go the Mullum / Shores football shield must be right up there,’ MBVFC’s Kol Dimond said. ‘With the stands heaving and the highway heading north out of Mullum town awash with royal and gold the atmosphere was set’.
‘Home fans were stunned when their team went in at half time 3–0 down.
‘As the second half got underway MBVFC head coach Jon Flantz’s smile resembled an extra floodlight that could be seen from across the other side of the pitch. His Shores counterpart Patto was shuffling around the sidelines in a forlorn state contemplating what had gone wrong and the away fans were in fine voice as more goals went in,’ he said.
‘It was hard to watch. Full credit to the Valleys as the shield goes back to them this year,’ Ocean Shores supporter Michelle Begg said. ‘The Brownsnakes must now endure the unendurable and get back on track for next week’.
But the old boys in division six did bolster the club with a 4–1 win over Lismore Rovers on Saturday.
‘With memories of the 9–0 thrashing at the last meeting still fresh in their minds, Shores started and finished the match with a fanatical display of disciplined football,’ Michelle said. ‘Ozzie’s classic 30-metre top-corner blast started the party’.
Another hat trick from Godbee as well as stonewall defence finished the Rovers.
‘The club song after the game was deafening, sweet revenge. What an effort,’ Michelle said.