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.
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