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The Bangalow Bluedogs have won the 2023 premiership league football grand final with a 3–2 win over Byron Bay last Saturday afternoon in Bangalow.

Byron Bay jumped out of the blocks, taking advantage of opportunities in the first half and went to the break with a 2–0 lead.

‘We didn’t take our chances in the first half, but they did. To be honest we were in shock,’ Bangalow coach Joel Rudgley said. ‘We used the break to reset and fix a few things, make sure we were doing the simple things well.’

Bangalow went on to score three unanswered goals and take the game.

The second half from the Bangalow side ‘was as good as we’ve been all season. Byron didn’t have an answer,’ Joel said.

‘It was very satisfying as the coach and really good for the boys.

‘Byron have been our nemesis over the last few years, so to finally turn it around was very satisfying’.

There was more bad news for the Byron Bay Football Club as their championship league side also lost their grand final, losing 4–3 to the Richmond Rovers.

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The Lennox Head Football Club had teams competing in the grand finals of the top two grades of local women’s football.

But the premiership league side had to take on last year’s champions and this year’s minor premiers Alstonville, at Alstonvillle. It was a tough, close game and despite beating Alstonville two weeks ago, they couldn’t repeat the result.

Alstonville won 1–0.

But there was joy for Lennox Head in the women’s second grade where their minor premiership-winning side went on to dominate the grand final beating Dunoon United 3–0.

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