bay team focuses on all-out attack

bay team focuses on all-out attack

ALL-OUT attack will be the directive from Byron Bay coach Peter Ware when the unbeaten Rams host major premiers Goonellabah at 3pm. The Bay sits on top of the ladder after winning all three games so far, with their attacking style already yielding 15 goals.

"We don't play with a focus on strikers, we like to give everybody in the side a chance to push forward and score," Ware said.

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goalie keeps the faith

Savannah Boller will wear the gloves for the Northern NSW under-13 girls side at the National Junior Championships

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by Mitchell Craig

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TO be a goalkeeper in soccer, you have to be confident and show no fear.

And 12-year-old Savannah Boller agrees.

The Byron Bay player has just been selected in the Northern NSW under-13 girls squad that will contest the Football Federation Australia National Junior Championships in April.

And after a four-year stint playing rugby union in Sydney, Savannah is confident she has what it takes to be a goalkeeper at representative level.

"Playing rugby has helped because I already had the ball handling skills when I started playing soccer," Savannah said.

"I'm in my second season now and it's pretty exciting.

"I have to go to Newcastle for training, so it is a big commitment.

"I enjoy soccer in general and I'm confident enough to play keeper."

Savannah is the only player in her team from Football Far North Coast (FFNC).

"I met everyone at the trial and I've already made some friends, so it doesn't really faze me," she said.

FFNC general manager Steve Mackney isn't surprised by Savannah's selection.

"My first impressions were that she seemed pretty confident and that proved to be the case," he said.

"She is tall for her age and that is always an advantage.

"She is a good talker and has fantastic hands too."

Savannah follows in the footsteps of FFNC coast players Sophie Thomson and Danielle Creighton who have represented at national and state level in recent years.

Mackney says it's hard to pin-point why the current crop of local goalkeepers has performed so well.

The under-13 Country boys squad has also started training for the junior championships.


rams do it again in summer league

The Byron Bay team after winning the Tursa summer youth league for the second year in a row

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by Mitchell Craig

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THE Byron Bay Rams have held off a fast-finishing Richmond Rovers to take out soccer's summer youth league for the second consecutive year.

The Rams won seven of their nine games to finish one point clear of Rovers, who managed to beat Byron Bay in the final round.

Byron Bay premier division defender Jonathan Pierce has been at the helm as coach for the past two seasons.

The 25-year-old is thrilled to have gone back-to-back in the competition, open to 15- to 20-year-olds.

"It was a close finish and we've had a good couple of years," Pierce said.

"I've been coaching junior representative teams for a few years now and this has been a lot of fun.

"It's not as intense as the regular competition in winter."

The summer youth league aims to give young players a taste of the next level and each team is allowed two older players as mentors.

The Rams were lucky enough to pick up Japanese striker Kazuhiro Tsukamoto as one of their mentors.

Another striker, Jai Ingham, scored 14 goals for the season.

"We had two mentors who really helped us out and Ian Lennie was awesome for us at central defender," Pierce said.

"Hopefully it will be a bit of a stepping stone for some junior players to make the transition into seniors.

"I think the summer competition definitely improves the quality of the premier division in winter."

Pierce looks forward to some of his team making the step up to play in Far North Coast premier division next season.

Bay claims first finals spot

Byron Bay clashed with Lismore Workers at Oakes Oval on Saturday, where Nolan Pierce and Baitok Ring fought over the ball.(photo courtesy of The Northern Star)


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BYRON Bay has become the first club from Football FNC to progress to the quarter-finals of the Solo Cup, after a well constructed 3-1 win over Lismore Workers in their third-round clash at Oakes Oval on Saturday.

The Rams had to recover from a disastrous start after conceding a penalty to Batok Ring and having Tom Ruhl and Sam Owens forced off with injuries in the opening 15 minutes. But a gritty Rams outfit hit back with a through ball from Nolan Pierce releasing striker Jordy Campbell who beat two defenders before smashing the ball into the net to equalise by half-time.

Campbell was a constant menace to the Workers’ defence and gave the Rams the lead with his second goal – again using his pace and strength on the ball to beat defenders before unleashing a clean finish.

A third goal from substitute Yantra Whitling wrapped up a solid win for Byron, who will now contest their quarter-final in either Newcastle or Coffs Harbour, as they chase their share of the $10,000 Solo Cup purse.

Mark Robinson

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Bay and Rams in top of table clash

[singlepic id=283 width=250 float=right]NEW ladder leader Byron Bay faces an immediate threat with the Rams to play an in-form Goonellabah on the Hornets’ home turf tomorrow in FNC premier league soccer. The Bay took the lead in a congested ladder with a 2-1 home win over Pottsville midweek.

Under new coach John Sowter the Rams are the highest scoring side with 15 goals from five matches.

Captain Tom Ruhl and Japanese striker Kazuhiro Tsukamoto have relished the 4-3-3 format adopted by Sowter, with six goals apiece giving them joint leadership on the golden boot tally. With two-time golden boot winner Jordy Campbell also up front for the Rams, it looms as the biggest test of the season to date for the Hornets.

Sowter has entrusted his defence to a young lineup under the guidance of veteran Bruce Mourhaus, with Sam Robson only 16, Nolan Pierce 18, Toby Barton 15 and his brother Layton in goals who is 17.

Goonellabah will run on the same side that downed Rovers 3-1 last week, with the exception of striker Cameron Rippon, with either Troy Cook or Brenton Perrin taking his place.

While Byron will be on a high from their strong early form, beating the Hornets on their home turf provides the league’s ultimate challenge and has been accomplished just once in the last two and a half years.

The game kicks off at 2.30pm.

After a shock 3-1 loss to Casino midweek, Richmond Rovers will look to restore pride in their local derby with Lismore Thistles today at Thistles Park from 3pm.

It was the second 3-1 defeat within days for the reigning major premiers after the same scoreline against Goonellabah last Saturday, putting them on the brink of three consecutive losses within a week.

The new giant killers of the league Casino will host Alstonville today at 5pm.

The Cobras’ 3-1 win over major premiers Rovers midweek sent shock waves through the league and broke the ice for their first points of the season.

With a formation that allows their key weapon Wayne Mortimer to be let loose on a roving commission, the Cobras have an unusual setup that is sure to present problems for Villa, who won 2-1 win against Workers.

After conceding 16 goals in their last three games, Ballina will host third placed Pottsville today at 3pm.

The Seahorses have just one win from their five starts and their season is in danger of disintegrating if they suffer another big loss like last week’s 8-1 defeat to Byron Bay.

The match looms as a serious test of resolve for the squad, but in their favour, the Panthers are backing up for their third game in a week and have Adam Rogers, Brad Sheard and Matt DeGroot missing, which will test their limited depth.

Mark Robinson