Magpies ready to swoop on flags

Magpie Jordan Bourke gets high for the mark against the Lismore Swans earlier in the season.

The Byron Bay Magpie AFL sides will look to make it a double-premiership day when they take on Ballina Bombers teams in the grandfinals at the Cavanbah Centre this Saturday from 10.30.

The senior team has had a week off after beating Ballina two weeks ago in the first semifinal, and are starting to get good numbers back on the field after being ‘bedeviled by injuries’ during the regular season, coach Brett Porter said.

‘At one stage we were down 25 players, now will have extras for the final,’ he said.

Despite having a full-strength team the Magpies are working hard.

‘We are just concentrating on ourselves, working on what we need to do. We need to be prepared and to expect the unexpected,’ Brett said.

The Ballina Bombers played their way into the final with a tight win (11.8.74–10.12.72) over the Tweed Tigers last weekend.

The Magpies are going for their third premiership in a row whereas the Bombers are going for their first premiership in a number of years. 

The Byron Bay reserves grade also have a match up against Ballina for the flag, and have also had a week off after beating them in the first semifinal 9.3.57–7.4.46.

The Bombers reserves played their way back into the grandfinals with a strong (11.10.76–4.3.27) win over the Tweed sides.

In the Women’s AFL Lismore are looking to make it two in a row when they take on the Tweed Tigers.

‘The ground is in immaculate condition, food and beverages will be readily available and a jumping castle will be there for the kids. This has the makings of an entertaining day of local AFL football,’ Brett said.

All the action at the Cavanbah Centre Saturday September 15: Reserves 10.45am, Women 12.30pm and Seniors  2.20pm.

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