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

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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

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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

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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]