All over red Rovers …


Anzac Cup 2014 Semi – Byron Bay Rams V Rovers The Park Hotel Byron Bay Rams showed their growing strength with a convincing 3-0 win in the 2014 Anzac Cup semifinal at the Ewingsdale on Sunday.

One of the competition’s powerhouse teams, Lismore’s Richmond Rovers were no match for the blossoming Byron squad. The fast-paced match began fairly evenly, with attack and counter attack swinging the action from one end to the other. The Rams back four held fast against the Rovers strikers and Byron quickly gained the upper hand.

A cracking 30m goal from new Byron mid-fielder, Sam McIntyre off the clearance from a corner saw the Rams begin to assert their dominance. Sam Owens finished a handy combination from Tane Meek and Jono Pierce to take the score to 2-0 at half-time.

The second half saw Byron turn up the heat another notch. A superb long-range strike from Michael Kelly sealed the 3-0 Byron victory. With plenty of depth on the bench and strength on the pitch, the Rams hammered the Rovers goal right up the final whistle.

With four competition matches under their belt, the Rams are beginning to perform as a very impressive unit. Byron will be fired up to take home the silverware in a rematch of last year’s Grand Final against Thistles on Anzac day.

The Rams FFNC Premiership campaign kicks off at the Byron Recreation Ground this Saturday against league newcomers, Tintenbar. Reserves kick off at 1pm and the Premier division at 3pm.

[mainpic] MAINPIC / Sam McIntyre open the scoring for the Rams with an unstoppable long-range strike click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative [/mainpic]

get wild, get fit, get strong, have some fun!


Women’s football is back in Byron Bay in 2014 Byron Bay FC has a new direction a new coaching team and a new commitment to women’s football from youth (10s and up) right through to our top senior team.

This year, we hope to have two senior womens teams ... a competitive squad that will contest the 2nd Division in the FFNC competition and 4th div team with an emphasis on fun!

To get things started, all girls/womens teams will train together on Wednesday afternoons from 5.30 at the Byron Bay Rec Ground.

Come on down and check it out ...


Byron Bay FC better than ever!

Byron Bay FC better than ever!

After a hugely successful 2013 season, Byron’s biggest sporting club, Byron Bay FC hits the ground running for 2014 with sign-ons and pre-season training beginning in early February. BBFC is a family oriented club with teams for players from five to fifty-five (and older!), beginners to guns — girls, boys, men and women. The whole family can play!

Read More

The women kick off in 2014

We ended last year with a Wednesday evening fitness and training session run by Fitness and Skills Coach, Herick Schuenemann, and we will be re-commencing this on Wednesday 29 January at the Byron Bay Rec Grounds from 5:30-7:00pm. It is open to all ages and all standards so please, dust of your boots (or trainers if you are just determining interest and/or just want to run off a bit of that festive cheer) and join us for what have been great fun sessions.

This training will also start to formulate the squad for the pre-season McMillan Cup tournament so if that sounds like you, please join us for a run.

We are also supported in this by a young French National player, Delphine, who is in Byron on her way to play professionally in the USA, so come and test your skills with one of the world's best.

Read more here »

more information

If you require any further information please contact me, John McKay at or on 0407650371 (after Jan 25th).

Byron Bay FC Women's Football 2014

Welcome to Byron Bay Women's Football for 2014. We are planning on having a huge year across all the ages, girls youth; 12-16's, plus the re-introduction of Women's open age teams.

We will be known collectively as the 'Byron Bay Wildcats', with each team being a Wildcat of choice under the main banner.

We aim to integrate all the teams through a particular game style and training regime so that there becomes a seamless movement between the teams, from the 12's to the open women’s.

In this we are being supported across all the ages by the Mens Premier team's fitness and body maintenance guru, Jeremy Sutton, a formidable skills coach, Herick Schuenemann who currently plays for the Champion Men's Premier team and the Head coach, Mark Donley, from the very successful Southport Women’s Club. Further each team set-up will ideally have a head coach, assistant coach, manager and a gear steward.

The Open Women will field two teams, the first in the lower divisions for those of you who have never played but want to give it a go, haven't played for sometime and want to start again, or just want to have some fun in a strong supportive, team environment. The proposed second team will be of a more competitive nature, which may take some time as we will be coming from a new base, and will strive for a higher division and results within that competition. Both teams will be supported by the youth teams throughout the year.

Along with the main yearly competition which starts at the end of March (date to be advised) we will enter an Open Women's team into the pre-season McMillan Cup (starts end of February) which may consist of a combination of both open age teams and some girls from the youth teams. If you are interested in playing in the Cup then read this post ... training for this will start in the beginning of February.

Additionally, we are strengthening our connections with past Byron Bay players and coaches, who are now with clubs farther afield, in a mentoring capacity, to not only improve our performances across the board and create a sustainable future for women's football but to create opportunities, football and otherwise, for you all to take advantage of in the future.

want to get involved?

We would love your involvement as a player, coach or administrator in building Byron Bay Women's Football into a powerhouse so please register your interest at or contact me, John McKay on 0407 650 371 (after Jan 25th) and please include where you see your skills being utilised.

Special Recognition: Greg Meek

Greg Meek
Greg Meek

Back in June 2013 Club President Richard Ray made special mention at the Club's monthly Executive Committee meeting of the massive contribution to the club by Greg Meek. "Greg is the driving force behind the Club's sponsorship acquisition and management and also week after week sets up and puts away the various sponsors tents and signage at the Rec Grounds. Greg, who many of you will have seen behind the camera capturing the magic of a weekend of football in Byron Bay, usually spends (as he did last weekend) from 9am to 5pm at the Rec Grounds, making them a more enjoyable place to play and watch football. It doesn't finish there. Greg through his marketing company Dog Whistle also sponsors the Club and puts all those photos online for everyone to enjoy."

And again just last week, Richard says "Every week I read Greg's articles about Youth League and check out the picture gallery. Its become routine. Today, when I saw his latest article reprinted in the Byron Shire News with SAE Quantum in the intro and their logo proudly on Tai Bui's jersey, it reminded me how valuable Greg's efforts are to give the sponsors brand coverage and be encouraged to continue their support. It also reminded me how far our own brand presence, profile and club values have come in the last few years. I wanted to ensure my routine doesn't result in me or anyone else taking Greg's effort and result for granted so was motivated to email everyone and also thank Greg."

If you see Greg, say thank you and maybe give him a hand with the ground set up.

Press: Byron Rams claim their first premiership win in seven years


Click here to read article on the Northern Star website »

by Mark Robinson

A BLISTERING first-half performance from Byron Bay laid the platform for the Rams' first major premiership in seven years. Two goals from Sam Owens gave the Rams a 2-1 win over minor premiers Lismore Thistles in Football FNC men's premier division grand final.

The Rams attacked from the outset of Saturday night's contest with strikers James Tomlinson and Seb Bell carving holes in the Blues usually reliable defence.

It took just ten minutes before they scored their opening goal, with Bell beating his marker to dart along the byline and cross for Sam Owens to tap in at the far post.

The goal rattled Thistles and their usual cohesion went missing as they struggled to contain the waves of attacks from the Rams.

Blues custodian Brad Robertson had to make several vital saves, but just before half-time he was beaten again when Owens evaded the attention of two Thistles defenders to slip the ball past the advancing goalkeeper and into the net.

Shortly into the second half Thistles' hopes of a fightback were diminished with a red card for striker Nathan McCann.

This allowed Byron to control most of the game and while they didn't show the same attacking intent as the first half, they still played with more intensity.

Click here to read the full article and see the photos on the Northern Star website »

Press: Sam's the man for Byron Bay Rams after grand final triumph

Click here to read article on the Northern Star website »
by Stuart Turner

LUCKILY for him, Sam Owens knows a thing or two about overseeing celebrations. The 25-year-old is the toast of his Byron Bay Rams side after scoring both goals in his team's 2-1 Football FNC men's premier division grand final triumph over Lismore Thistles.

Victory at Lismore's Oakes Oval secured the Rams their first flag since 2006 and was the perfect way to mark the club's 50th celebrations.

Owens, who manages the Lala Land nightclub in Byron Bay, said he was looking forward to the post-match festivities.

"I'll be having a drink out of the cup," he said.

"I came to the club after we won our last premiership.

I always wanted to win a senior premiership - I've been waiting a while for this.

"I'm over the moon."

Click here to read the full article and see the photos on the Northern Star website »

Coaching courses

For those coaches interested in developing their coaching skills in the off season there are junior license, youth license and goalkeeping courses being run by FFNC. The Club will pay for coaches to attend these sessions so you just need to enrol and then let us know so we can pay the fees. Juniors license is appropriate for coaches from age groups 8 and up and is the first step in the community coaching pathway although coaches of younger age groups are more than welcome to attend.

  • October – 12th + 13th October – Junior Licence
  • October – 19th + 20th & 26th + 27th – Youth Licence
  • November – 2nd + 3rd – Goalkeepers certificate/licence

All courses will be conducted at Bangalow Sports Fields. Please register using the links below:

Don't forget to contact the Club once you've registered so we can pay your registration fees!

Lion Hearts


It was a wonderful first year of football for lots of enthusiastic littlies in 2013. Especially for our all conquering young Lions. These little guys had loads of fun at training and games – almost as much as the coach and parents! It is inspiring to watch their strength, coordination and confidence grow through the season and to see their new friendships blossom.

Can't wait for 2014!

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / U6 Lions click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative [/mainpic]

Young Ram off to FFA National Championships

Young Ram off to FFA National Championships

Many hours of hard work and training has paid of for one of Byron Bay FCs rising stars, Ethan Archer. Ethan has been selected to represent Northern NSW Football at the upcoming FFA national youth championships in the 13 boys country team. Ethan first started with Byron in the under 6s and has always had a great passion for the game, now playing in our 14 1st division team.

Read More

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.

FFNC 2013 awards

Congratulations to the following recipients of the major FFNC awards as handed out on Saturday night at our 50th.

Dedication to Football Award

Vlad Knaus Byron Bay

Men's Fifth Division Golden Boot

James Preston - with 23 goals


Sebastian Bell - with 28 goals

Fair Play Award

First/Second Division

Premier Men Team of the Year

Brad Robinson - Lismore Thistles Max Hospers - Lismore Thistles Max Toovey - Lismore Thistles Shaun Packham - Byron Bay Eamon Banks - Alstonville Kurt Walker - Lismore Workers Darren Beardow - Lismore Thistles Joel Rudgley - Bangalow Jonathon See - Rovers Dean Casey - Casino Sebastian Bell - Byron Bay

Byron Bay FC to celebrate its golden anniversary

[northernstar]Click here to read article
on the Northern Star website »
[/northernstar]FOOTBALL heroes from now and yesteryear are invited to help Byron Bay FC celebrate 50 years of football. The club is busy collecting memories to assist the commemorations. Photographs of games, teams and memorable events are all sought, while a special Team of Distinction, featuring past great players is also being compiled.

Club president Richard Ray said the project had taken on a life of its own and captured participants' imaginations.

"If you had told me about this 12 months ago, maybe I would not have been so interested," he said.

"The more I have got into it, the more I am excited about it.

"I think these projects give people a sense of history, the value of the club and how it has evolved.

Various images from the club's past have already been collected, with several people already contributing photos and other items.

The scheme will be marked by a celebration day on Saturday, August 31.

A gala ball to mark the occasion is planned, with the announcement of the nominated team of the last half-century

"I am more excited for the people around the club who have had a chance to reconnect with the club. They are the ones who have embraced it most enthusiastically," Ray said.

"It is great to recognize the work people have put in over the years. It is important to show that what you put into a club like ours, you get back."

Anyone who can assist should email Richard at or visit

Other news regarding the 50th Gala Event »

Upcoming Coaching courses

Below are the links for coaching courses scheduled for the months of October & November:

  • October – 12th + 13th October – Junior Licence
  • October – 19th + 20th & 26th + 27th – Youth Licence
  • November – 2nd + 3rd – Goalkeeper’s certificate/licence

All courses will be conducted at Bangalow Sports Fields.

We encourage clubs to circulate this information on to ALL coaches and parents, noting that registrations MUST be made per the respective link below.



Please direct any enquiries to FFNC Technical Director Victor Stokes / Mob: 0412 678 071 Email:

a half-century on the ball


Byron Bay’s largest sporting club is celebrating 50 years of football in Byron Shire with a gala event on August 31st. Football had humble beginnings in Byron, with games played at the Byron Youth Club from 1963 and Byron players sometimes joining Mullumbimby.

Byron Prems c1985A committee got together in 1970 and The Byron Bay Soccer Club was born.

With the establishment of its own identity, football in Byron grew quickly, and the Club soon had teams competing in grades from under 7′s to under 14′s in the fledgling Summerland Competition.

The senior side kicked off in 1978, playing in the Tweed-Byron competition – and Byron won the competition in its first year!

The Club is keen to fill in the gaps in its long and colourful history and is keen to hear from people who have been involved over the years.

Photographs of games, teams and social events are of particular interest and may be included in written history to be presented to the Byron Historical society and the local library on completion.

Circa 1970

If you can help please contact