four byron lads chosen in soccer squads

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Sam Shepherd and Griffin Bambach

[singlepic id=786 w=160 float=left] [singlepic id=285]Four Byron Shire lads have made it into the Northern NSW Football Under-13 Country Boys Train On squad.

Griffin Bambach, of Suffolk Park, Hari Scott, of Mullumbimby, Sam Shepherd of Coorabell and Jack Watson of Bangalow are part of the squad, whose head coach is Gavin Whitney.

Several boys from just outside the shire were chosen for the Under-14 squad.

Last year marked the first time Northern NSW Football entered two Boys sides (Country and Metropolitan) in the Under-13 and Under-14 age groups.

The Under-14 Country side headed by Vic Stokes finished the Championships in 1st place in Group B.

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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

NCF sides crush Solo Cup rivals

[singlepic id=282 width=250 float=right]THE Clarence Valley’s Maclean Bobcats and Westlawn Tigers were both impressive winners in the opening round of the $10,000 Solo Cup in Coffs Harbour at the weekend. On what was a good day for North Coast Football (NCF) sides, Byron Bay and Lismore also notched wins. But it was Maclean’s 5-1 dismantling of Tuncurry Forster that would have been particularly pleasing.

The Tigers then held on for a 1-0 triumph against the Kempsey Saints and Coffs United showed they will be a side to be reckoned with in 2011 with a 9-1 drubbing of Port United.

Out of the seven NCF teams that entered the competition, five had victories over rivals from outside the North Coast zone.

Each winning team will progress to the second round which will be played on Saturday, May 7 at a venue yet to be announced. A total of 56 Northern NSW teams entered the Solo Cup.

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Rain interferes with Cup

[singlepic id=281 w=250 float=right]Just when we thought we were going to cruise through the three preliminary rounds of the Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup, down came the rain. We did get most games played and Alstonville and Goonellabah are confirmed as the winners of their respective pools in men’s premier division. They will meet each other in one semi final, however due to the participation of Goonellabah, Byron Bay and Lismore Workers in the first round of the State Cup this Saturday, the men’s premier semi finals will be deferred until Tuesday, April 12. With Byron Bay going through Ballina like the proverbial “dose of salts”, they turned a negative goal difference into a positive three and reminded all football followers that they will be a force to reckon with. Up at Pottsville Beach, reigning Anzac Cup holder Goonellabah blasted six goals past the hapless Panthers, who look like being in for a long season. By the time this goes to print, we have hopefully played the Lismore Thistles and Lismore Workers match plus the postponed Casino versus Rovers game. Thistles are expected to progress having won their first two games.

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Thistles and Hornets on top

[singlepic id=281 w=250 float=right]Lismore Thistles and Goonellabah have emerged as the front runners in the Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup after two rounds. Both sides are undefeated and are almost assured of a semi-final berth. The third and final round this weekend will determine the final four teams and Pottsville Beach is the only side having no chance of getting to the next stage. Friday night games have proved popular and more excitement under lights this week will see Pottsville Beach try to upset Goonellabah in their clash at 8pm. The Hornets put the sword to Byron Bay last week and look to have way too much strike power for their northern counterparts. Coach Mark Ambler never takes any team lightly and he will no doubt remind players that mediocre performances are not acceptable against any premier division side, regardless of perceived strength. The third match kicking off at 4.30pm Sunday is the Ballina versus Byron Bay match. Ballina came back from a one nil deficit to defeat Alstonville last week and they will catch Bay who must be still smarting over their loss to Goonellabah. Jordy Cambell will be watching from the sideline after being sent off last week and this game promises to be a blockbuster with both teams having something to prove. Click here to read the full story from the Northern Rivers Echo

Sophie tipped as potential great

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STAR Byron Bay soccer recruit Sophie Thomson has so much potential as a goalkeeper that Australian Matildas head coach Tom Sermanni believes she has “all the requirements to be great”. The former Tintenbar player was the pick of all goalkeepers at the Under-17 State Championships at Coffs Harbour last June where she made the All Stars team that lost 1-0 against Metropolitan NSW. Thomson was off the field when her side conceded that goal and she only let in one goal for the whole tournament.

She also captained the All Stars outfit.

Talent scouts then had no choice but to pick the 16-year-old in the Young Matildas squad that will travel to Asia in November as they look to qualify for the Youth World Cup in Germany.

General manager of Football Far North Coast Steve Mackney has overseen Thomson’s rise through the ranks.

“Sermanni told me that: ‘Sophie has all the requirements to be great’,” he said.

“She has great hands, anticipation, judgement and above all a great attitude.

“She’s so down to earth.”

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Rams at top in summer comp

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Byron Bay’s Jonathan Pierce in action for the Rams in the SYL.

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THE Football Far North Coast Summer Youth League soccer season is approaching the business end of the competition with Byron Bay in the box seat to finish in first position.

The Rams currently sit at the top of the ladder on 21 points after defeating the third-placed Tweed Valley Kings 3-2 over the weekend.

Twelve teams have contested the summer competition which is open to players between the ages of 15-20.

The team with the most points after 11 rounds of matches will win the competition.

The second-placed Lismore Workers (18pts) will struggle to catch up to Byron Bay if they lose to the Kings this weekend.

The final round of the competition will be contested on Friday, December 17.

Mitchell Craig