14s lead the charge to the grand finals

With 3 junior teams still in contention for grand final berths, Saturday saw the 14 2nds take on Eureka at Byron Rec Grounds while the 14 1sts travelled to Lismore for a later fixture. The 14 2nds were determined to win through to the grand final, having only once reached semi-final status in their 4 years together. With Alex Kempnich coming out of goals and managing play from the mid-field the team were solid in defence and dangerous in attack. Two goals from Cameron Lamb and a third from Yarbirri Zillig-Vandyke sealed the win 3 goals to nil earning the 14 2nds an invite to Oakes oval this saturday. Special mention for Jackson Saunders who was solid in goals and Phoenix Smith managing the defensive backline. With the positive result through from Byron, the 14 1sts took to the field at Thistles determined their mates wouldn't be alone at Oakes oval. In a tense and even match half time came with no score despite chances on both sides. The second half brought more of the same and looked to be heading for extra time until with eight minutes left on the clock Thistles broke the deadlock. A great passing move down the left created a golden chance for the big Thistles winger and though keeper Connor Congdon got fingertips to the top corner shot it wasn't enough to keep it out. Some strategic changes from coach Paul Clark saw Harry Kent and Louis Clark move out of the backs to play forward. This almost bore immediate results when Harry took the ball from the kick off and flew down the left wing sending in a fine cross that almost landed in the net. Louis followed with a breakout run down the right but couldn't get a shot off when pressured by the defence. Thistles were determined to seal the win though and applied intense pressure that had the Rams backtracking and left our backs Tariq, Ethan and Zak desperately holding off a sustained attack. Thistles eventually broke through, their striker hitting a low drive to the far post which would surely have sealed the game had it gone in. A diving, fingertip save from Connor though deflected what would have been a certain goal around the far post.

The young Rams fired up and when Ronan Krarup sent a lofted ball through the forwards, Louis Clark outstripped the defence putting through a solid finish that left the Thistles keeper no chance. With only a few minutes left to go it was end to end football but the Rams were fired up and determined to take the game. When Austin Davis pressured the defenders having collected the ball from a corner, despite an elbow to the head he persisted and his shot was buried in the net. With a two to one lead to Byron and not long to go, the game turned into a match of long ball footy. With about 30 seconds on the clock a desperate clearance from our backs turned into a great chance for Angus Callan on the left wing as he inexplicably found himself five metres in front of a static Thistles defence. There was only one way to go and he easily slotted Byron's third goal to seal the game and send the boys into the grand final. Credit to all the boys who gave 100% for the entire game then stepped it up a notch to mount an inspired comeback scoring three goals in less than seven minutes!

On Sunday our 13 girls took on a disciplined Alstonville side in a match that was always going to be a challenge. Knowing we had to get a win the Byron girls started with plenty of fire, dominating the opening fifteen minutes with some great passing play between Eva, Rainer, Salem and Georgia. Shots were fired but we couldn't find the net and Alstonville gradually got back into the game. Our defence was solid though with Abby, Piper and Kyra holding the opposition at bay. Eventually Alstonville broke through and at half time we were one nil down. The second half saw Byron come out firing again but the heat was taking it's toll. Chances became fewer and Alstonville eventually broke through again. In the end the girls went down four goals to nil but played a good game, the result not really reflecting the tempo of the game. Eva and Rainer were tireless in mid-field and Annika put in a great effort in goals, saving a penalty and pressuring the attacking players. A good season all round that has seen some real improvement from the girls and has been lots of fun along the way.

12-16s Junior Presentation is on 16 September

The Junior Presentation for competitive teams will be on Monday evening 16 September at the Park Hotel. We will be providing drinks and there will be a special meal offering for club patrons of a $10 meal - either beef, chicken or a vegetarian burger meal will be available plus the usual fare on offer at the bistro.

There will be two time slots so that the players can socalise a bit: 6-7pm Grade 12 - 14s teams 7-8pm Grade 15 - 16s teams

I realise this is not ideal timing with year 11 exams and year 12 completion week but we'd really like to encourage all of our 16s team players to come along as for many this will be their last year in the junior ranks. This group of players has been a very large and committed bunch since the under 6s and have always been great ambassadors for our club so we'd like to recognise and acknowledge their contribution on the night.

Hope you can join us.

Semi-finals and preliminary finals draw

friday night

19:00 BB1: Mens Premier League v Richmond Rovers (Semi Final 1)

saturday

9:00 BB1: Grade 14/2nd Div. v Eureka (Preliminary)
10:00 T1: Grade 14/1st Div. v Lismore Thistles (Preliminary)
13:00 BB1: Mens Fifth Division v Ballina (Semi Final 1)
13:00 Chick1: Mens First Division v Tintenbar 1
15:00 T1: Mens Premier Reserve  v Lismore Thistles (Semi Final 2)

sunday

10:00 CP 1: Girls Gr. 13 v A'ville Angels (Preliminary)
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Cancelled - BBFC junior carnival 25 august

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Unfortunately due to lack of entries we've had to cancel the Byron carnival this weekend. There is a big A-League demo game scheduled in Lismore in the afternoon with Melbourne Heart playing Brisbane roar so this certainly affected the ability of clubs to enter teams as many of the FNC football family are attending the game. Byron Bay FC is inviting 8-11s teams to join us for our Junior Carnival on Sunday the 25th of August. The carnival will kick off at 9am and finish around 1pm.

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The Carnival will be run in accordance with FFNC Junior carnival procedures and all players attending will receive a participation medal.

enquiries

For enquiries please contact Kerry Northcott / tel: 0437 882 005 / email: