Girls Summer Soccer, Byron shire has it covered!

Girls Summer Soccer, Byron shire has it covered!

Although the winter soccer season is now done and dusted, the girls in Byron shire won't be hanging up their boots just yet! A variety of programs catering for players of all ages and skill levels are running over the summer to keep the girls kicking.

For the first time ever FFNC are introducing a female summer youth league competition, providing a great opportunity for the shire's rising youth stars to step up to the next level. With Byron Bay, Bangalow and Mullumbimby soccer clubs all entering teams in the competition, our shire is well represented in female participation.

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A Tough Break

A gritty performance from flanker Tane Meek couldn’t break the Workers resolve

A gritty performance from flanker Tane Meek couldn’t break the Workers resolve

Summer Youth League Round 7 With round 7 of the Summer Youth League coinciding with the start of ‘Schoolies’, both the SAE-Qantm Byron Bay squad and Lismore Workers took to the pitch with skeleton crews.

The young Rams were also missing some of their older and more experienced players and while only fielding eleven, the Workers team was an older and much more experienced unit that any the Byron boys have faced so far.

Young Rams’ striker, Adam Budd, put Byron on the scoreboard in the opening minutes with a deft tap into the bottom corner.

The early goal spurred Workers into action, however, and their dominance increased throughout the game. Byron’s depleted midfield and defence struggled to contain the Workers attack. Byron managed many powerful counter attacks, but couldn’t break the Workers back line.

Byron Captain and mentor, Ben Ahern, penalised repeatedly for his tough tackling style, was eventually ordered from the field after receiving his second yellow card.

Already outgunned, the 10-man Rams team did their best to hold back the red tide but age, experience and numbers were against them. The final whistle blew on a 5-1 scoreline despite a valiant effort from the Rams against a polished display from Lismore Workers.

Round 8 sees The Rams at home against traditional rival, Lismore Thistles. Round 7 upsets have seen Richmond Rovers and Bangalow bump Byron and Thistles out of their equal second spot so this weeks match will see them battling for 4th spot on the ladder.

Be at the Ewingsdale ground for a 7pm kick-off and cheer our lads on.

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Doing it the hard way


Summer Youth League Round 5 Byron Bay’s SAE-Qantm Summer Youth League squad got off to a shakey start against Ballina at Alstonville on friday night.

The young Rams started strong but an unexpected early goal from the bottom of the table challengers spooked the Byron boys into some uncharacteristically scrappy play.

A series of pointless runs and desperately optimistic long-range shots from the Rams only served to lift the confidence of the Ballina underdogs.

The Byron boys spent much of the first half on the attack but, with little sign of their usual discipline and structure, opportunities were squandered and an upset looked imminent.

Clearly rattled, Byron went into the half time break one goal down.

Some well chosen well chosen half-time words from mentors John Bradbury and Ben Ahern seemed to do the trick, however, and the Rams took to the paddock for the second half with more focus and control. Byron’s youngsters led the recovery, with a breaking run and pinpoint cross from Adam Budd finding the boot of young Zak Sezer. A clean drive from the tiny striker putting the Rams equaliser away.

Confidence somewhat restored, the Byron boys regained their composure and settled into a more familiar, fast and smooth attacking game. Knocking the ball around freely and sweeping from flank to flank, the Rams totally overwhelmed the Ballina midfield and defence and left the keeper scrambling. Cool finishes from SYL veterans George Martin and Tane Meek sealed the Rams 3-1 win and moved them to third spot on the table behind Thistles and Lennox Head.

This week has the Byron lads hosting Alstonville at the Ewingsdale fields in Round 6 of the Championship.

Kick-off is at 6.30.

[mainpic]MAINPIC / Fourteen-year-old Zac Sezer opened the account for Byron with a confident finish click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Blown Away


Summer Youth League Round 4 Howling winds and some highly contentious decisions played a major role in Friday night’s 1-1 draw between the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay Youth League squad and the Bangalow boys.

The Bangalow/Byron derby is always a tight and hard-fought contest and this round of the Summer Youth League comp was no exception.

The battle seemed fairly even from the outset, with both sides contending as much with the blustery crosswinds as with each other. Bangalow’s aggressive midfield push was met with an equally determined defence from Alex Kempnich, Tai Bui and Benny Ahern and powerful counter-attacks from Rams’ flankers Tane Meek and Byron Milne.

Bangalow’s relentless pressure and some goal mouth confusion saw the Rams concede a first half goal against the run of play. The goal gave the ‘Dogs a lift and the game see-sawed from end to end well into the second half.

The exhausting pace eventually began to tell and Bangalow’s trademark offside trap became harder to sustain against the young Rams speed and intensity.

Byron Milne finally found the net to equalise and the pressure wound up a notch for both sides.

Offside calls stymied three one-on-one goal chances for the Rams late in the match and the final whistle blew with the score deadlocked at 1-1.

[mainpic]MAINPIC Bangalow Captain/Coach Joel Rudgley takes a ‘hands-on’ approach to containing Byron Milne’s attack click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Youngsters on the rise


Summer Youth League Round 3 The young ‘up-and-ccomers’ of the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay Summer Youth League squad came into their own in round three of this year’s youth competition.

Coach John Bradbury has given the debutantes a great run in key positions this year and the youngsters have risen to the challenge.

With support from veterans, Byron Milne, Tane Meek, George Martin and Nathan Burvill, the younger boys really made their mark on Friday’s clash with the Woodburn side.

Adam Budd opened the scoring, tapping in a sharp cut-back from Byron Milne, while Ronan Karup hustled the ball into the net in a goal mouth skirmish then followed up with a drive from the 18 yard box to take Byron’s goal tally to three. Woodburn managed one goal in reply, but the young Rams were clearly a cut above the visitors.

The 3-1 win takes Byron to third on the ladder, with some tough matches to come.

This week’s round sees Byron take on Bangalow, in Bangalow, with a 6.30pm kick off. The Byron derby always produces entertaining football so be there to support our young chargers.

[mainpic]MAINPIC / Byron’s Byron Milne in the fly click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

When Eight Isn't Enough…

When Eight Isn't Enough…

Going into the final round of the 2013 Summer Youth League Competition against Casino, on Friday night, the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay squad looked likely to share the top spot in the pointscore with rivals Richmond Rovers. Less likely were their chances of scoring the 20 goals needed to overcome Rovers goal difference lead and retain their SYL title for a fourth consecutive year.

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Young Rams Triumphant


Billed as the 'match of the round,' the epic struggle between the SAE-Quantm Byron Bay Youth squad and arch rivals Lismore Thistles last Friday more than lived up to expectations. With two rounds to go and Richmond Rovers holding an almost insurmountable goal difference lead, this match was, effectively, a battle for second place. Spectators could have been forgiven, however, for thinking they were watching a grand final!

Both teams had a lot of pride on the line, with the young Rams facing their first championship loss since 2010 and Thistles looking to avenge their Premiers' Grand Final defeat in September.

The action was fast and furious from the kick-off, with attack and counter attack from the two quality teams sweeping from one end of the pitch to the other.

Both teams had their share of chances, but luck was with the Lismore boys and, after a long, scoreless, first half stretch, Thistles took a 2-0 lead into the break.

The second half was even more exciting, with both teams turning up the heat as the rain came down. Youngster Tai Flanagan finally opened the account for Byron with a superb long distance strike that energised the Rams and put them back into the game. A header from Sequoya Rawson Smith soared high over the Thistles keeper to equalise shortly after. Sequoya soon had the big crowd roaring again as he beat the defence and the keeper before nodding into the net to take Byron into the lead.

The intensity increased even further as Thistles threw everything at the Rams to try and retrieve their lead. A desperate goal-mouth skirmish at the Byron end saw Thistles equalise with just minutes remaining.

Again and again, play swung from end to end, with neither team ready to settle for 1 point.

The decisive moment finally came just before the final whistle with another header — this time from tireless Ram, Nolan Pierce (who also takes out the award for the most exuberant and spectacular goal celebration of the season)! Outstanding performances (once again) from the Byron boys, with special mentions for Pierce, Mav White, Sequoya Rawson Smith, Sam Robson, Tai Bui and Tai Flanagan. Final score: Byron 4, Thistles 3.

Should the Rams win their final round against Casino this Friday, they will finish the tournament on equal points with Lismore's Richmond Rovers but, short of an extraordinary result will finish in second place on goal difference.

Get down to the Byron Recreation Grounds at 7pm this Friday and cheer the boys on in the final match (against Casino) for 2013.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Byron's winning goal-scorer, the indefatigable Nolan Pierce click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Black and Blue


Byron Bay's SAE-Quantm Summer Youth League once again showed it's superiority in a fast paced derby against a strong Bangalow side on Friday night. The Byron attack began with the first whistle and first blood went to fireball Tai Bui who picked up a cross from Sequoya Rawson Smith 15 minutes in to take Byron to a 1-0 lead. Bangalow responded with vigour and, with more than its share of experience and talent, managed to hold back the young Rams for the rest of the first half.

Some impossible saves from towering Workers Keeper, Simon Cleaver (on loan for the SYL), foiled some equally amazing shots from Sequoya Rawson Smith, Tane Meek, Sam Robson and Nolan Pierce. Simmo almost managed a goal of his own with a soaring clearance.

A second half goal from Rawson Smith spurred the Rams on, and the goals began to flow. Tai Bui took his second for the night, another fell to Nolan Pierce and an own goal (or Robbo's) saw the final tally at 5-0. But for Simmo, the tally could easily have doubled.

With 2 games to go, Byron needs big scoring victories over top 3 rivals Thistles and middle rankers Casino if it is to overtake Rovers goal difference lead. Both games are home games, with Thistles this coming Friday and the final round against Casino the following week, December 6.

Be there at 6.30 for some fast and entertaining football.

[mainpic]    MAINPIC / On fire! Young Tai Bui adds two more to his tally click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Photos: SYL Friendly

Big kudos and thanks to Jonno and everyone involved in Friday's 'friendly'... Organisers, officials and players... a great turnout for a great club event... Never seen so many players smiling on the pitch! Welcome back Kaz!

[mainpic]                Click any image to view the whole gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

The Young Rams Make it 3 from 4


Byron Bay's SAE-Quantum Rams took on a very young and very determined Lennox Head squad last Friday night. The Lennox boy were stinging after a taking a hiding from Thistles and Alstonville in earlier rounds, and were determined not to let the reigning champions have it all their way. The Byron boys began with their usual spirited game, but the Lennox squad were having none of it. They played fast and disruptive football that prevented the Rams attack getting into any kind of rhythm.

They doubled up in almost every tackle and made up for any lack of experience with sheer enthusiasm and drive.

The first half was very hard graft for Byron and, despite many attacking moves, only a single goal from Sam Robson took them into the break one goal up.

The second half looked like being more of the same with Lennox strong on the counter and forcing some spectacular saves from Byron Keeper, Lachie Baynes.

Ten minutes in to the second session, the Rams shifted up a gear and poured on the pressure. The pace of first half was unsustainable and the young legs of the Lennox lads finally began to give.

Two goals from Sequoya Rawson Smith and another from Sam Robson took the final score to 4-1.

Perhaps not the best result for Byron, with goal difference potentially deciding the Championship, but certainly no disgrace for either squad – particularly the valiant young Lennox boys.

This week sees Byron with a bye and plenty of time to prepare for the Friday 15th Lismore clash with undefeated Rovers.

Rovers are 3 points ahead of field and it could well be a "do-or-die" match for the Rams.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Nolan Pierce piles on the pressure click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]

Summer Youth League Heats up!


Byron Bay's SAE-Quantum Under 20s made it two out of three in Round 3 of the Football Far North Coast Summer Youth League competition. After a solid win over Alstonville in the first round and a somewhat disappointing showing at Maclean in Round 2, the young Rams' went into Round 3 on Friday night fired up for a win.

Jonno Pierce's new squad is beginning to gel, with the new recruits growing in confidence and settling in with the more seasoned campaigners.

Mullumbimby/Brunswick were equally keen to get some points on the table after losses to Casino and Alstonville but, despite a spirited performance, were convincingly outplayed by the Byron boys.

Tane Meek pounced on a rebound to drive home the opening goal at the 28th minute and, shortly after, found newly returned Byron legend Sam Robson unmarked in the box. No question – 2-0.

Robson kept up the pace and pressure and battled his way through the Brunswick defenders and drove home a powerful strike taking the scoreline to 3-0 at the break.

The second half delivered more of the same, with entertaining football from both sides and plenty of attacking from the Byron front line. Repeated forays from the tireless Nolan Pierce failed to bear fruit and Byron's Byron's fourth and final goal came with another powerful drive from Yantra Whitling.

Byron keeper Lachie Baynes produced some spectacular saves but was finally beaten by an unstoppable free kick from former Byron player (and Man-of-the-Match for Mullum!) Kare Isaac.

Byron's Premier Division Keeper, Pierce Essery, produced some spectacular moves up front during a rare on field outing and was unlucky not to score.

This Friday evening, the young Rams head to Lennox Head for Round Four of this highly competitive under 20s competition. Kick-off is at 6.30 and the football is guaranteed to be fast, skilful and entertaining.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Tane Meek opened the account for Byron ... click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative [/mainpic]

Playing for Georgia


Prior to Friday night's opening round of the 2013 Summer Youth League the family of former Byron Bay FC President, Hans Enter, presented this year's squad with a new playing strip that pays tribute to his daughter Georgia. A Byron player and a school mate of some of the young Rams, Georgia passed away recently after a valiant battle with cancer. This season's campaign is dedicated to Georgia's, talent, vivacity and fighting spirit and the new jersey bears the inscription "for Georgia" on the sleeve. The Byron squad, guided by Coach Jonathan Pierce, has won the prestigious Youth League title in each of the last 3 seasons and is looking to make this year number four - for Georgia.

With some players from last year's winning team moving on, Jonno's new squad is a blend of fresh new faces from Byron's junior ranks and a few seasoned Youth League veterans. Sponsors SAE-Quantum have also returned for another season, showing great support for our Byron youth.

After a moving dedication ceremony, the young Rams took to the field against an enthusiastic and determined Alstonville team. Alstonville look like being a strong challenger for this year's title, and the action was fast-paced from the opening whistle. Play was fairly even for the first 44 minutes before a Sequoya Rawson-Smith converted a cross from Sam Owens to take Byron 1-up into the break.

Both sides came out firing for the second half, with Byron dominating the play and Alstonville looking dangerous on the counter. A second goal to Rawson-Smith took Byron to a 2-0 lead as the Villa defence struggled to hold back the Byron attack. The Alstonville forwards piled on the pressure in response and great goal from Sam Kerry took the final score to 2-1.

This Friday night sees the Byron squad on the road to Maclean for round 2, with kick off at 7pm at the Maclean Showground.

[mainpic]        MAINPIC / Hans Enter presents Lachie Baynes with his new playing strip click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]