Words and pics Deb Milgate
The Byron Bay U/18s won their minor semifinal against Marist Brothers 36–28, playing at Casino last Saturday.
Bringing some confidence, but not complacency, to the match following their win over Murwillumbah the previous week, the Ben Webber Constructions Red Devils opened their account with an early try from team captain Charles Asser.
Marist responded quickly with three tries, converting two to take a 16–6 lead.
Some good passing and quick footwork saw two more Byron tries to take the teams to halftime locked at 16 all.
A fired-up Devils outfit scored three more tries, taking advantage of some Marist errors, seeing them lead 34–16 with 13 minutes to go.
Marist weren’t giving up without a fight and added two quick tries, bringing the score to 34–28 with just six minutes remaining.
But the Devils finished it off with a spot penalty to give them the 36–28 win.
Tries to Charles Asser, Zac Smith, Brady Fuhrmann, Kuyan Laurie.
Byron will be vying for a grand final berth at Murwillumbah next Sunday. They will take on Cudgen, who were defeated 26–20 by minor premiers Ballina last weekend.