Anzac Cup Round 1 Last season’s Grand Final winners, Byron Bay met arch-rivals Lismore Thistles, for the first round of the 2014 Anzac Cup last Friday night.
It was the first official outing for the Rams at the new Ewingsdale grounds and Byron’s line-up was as fresh as the pitch. After taking out the Grand Final in 2013, Byron has seen a lot of players move on and as many talented new players arrive. Familiar faces Kazuhiro Tsukamoto and Byron stalwart John Bradbury have rejoined the stayers from last year and some talented new arrivals in what looks like being a force to be reckoned with in 2014.
Friday night’s match was very much a trial for the new look squad and, even in its relatively raw state, the Rams provided some stiff competition for the much more resolved Thistles squad.
The match swung from one end of the new pitch to the other with strong, fast paced attacking from both sides. The teams were evenly matched for the first half, however, Thistles did manage to convert two opportunities to take the lead into the break.
Thistles took to the park for the second half with renewed confidence and vigour while the Rams dug in and fought back hard. Despite plenty of aggressive attack and counter attack, neither side managed to find the net before the final whistle.
This Sunday, March 9, the Rams head to Bangalow for another tough clash with the Bluedogs. The Byron derby always delivers fiery and entertaining football so be there a for a 4.30 kick-off and enjoy the fun.
[mainpic] MAINPIC / Byron’s James Tomlinson in another heard fought clash with arch-rivals Lismore Thistles at the Ewingsdale grounds / click any image to view the full gallery / all images © Dogwhistle Creative[/mainpic]