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Di swings her MBVFC get hold Byron Bay women way to victory of Origin trophy into touch semis
Winners are grinners: the MBVFC division one took home the silverware on Friday night. Photo Kol Dimond
Championship winner Di Grieve with her new trophy at the Byron Bay links. Photo supplied
Local Di Grieve has been crowned the 2018 Byron Bay Ladies Golf Championship after the three-day tournament wrapped up last week. Di has had a consistently good season and it was no surprise she took out the title. ‘Despite not having the game she would have liked on the last day she managed enough to maintain her lead,’ Byron Bay Ladies Golf as-
sistant secretary Margaret Pierce said. The net winner was Mullumbimby resident Joan Neate, who had a close battle with former Mullumbimby member and now captain of Byron Bay, Sally Symons. Joan won by two strokes after the three rounds. The tournament attracted 40 players, which was a ‘pretty good turn up,’ Pierce said.
21 teams join in 3on3 basketball festival
The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club came away from the Shara Boulevard Sports ground last Friday night with their hands firmly on the fiercely contested Origin Shield after beeating Ocean Shores 5–1 in first division. Everything rested on the game after Ocean Shores had won the two previous first divison games of the season while MBVFC had won both of the division three games. On aggregate the clubs were even. ‘As far as local sporting rivalries go the Mullum / Shores football shield must be right up there,’ MBVFC’s Kol Dimond said. ‘With the stands heaving and the highway heading north out of Mullum town awash with royal and gold the atmosphere was set’. ‘Home fans were stunned when their team went in at half time 3–0 down. ‘As the second half got underway MBVFC head coach Jon Flantz’s smile resembled an extra floodlight that could be seen from across the other side of the pitch. His Shores
counterpart Patto was shuffling around the sidelines in a forlorn state contemplating what had gone wrong and the away fans were in fine voice as more goals went in,’ he said. ‘It was hard to watch. Full credit to the Valleys as the shield goes back to them this year,’ Ocean Shores supporter Michelle Begg said. ‘The Brownsnakes must now endure the unendurable and get back on track for next week’.
Shores sixth But the old boys in division six did bolster the club with a 4–1 win over Lismore Rovers on Saturday. ‘With memories of the 9–0 thrashing at the last meeting still fresh in their minds, Shores started and finished the match with a fanatical display of disciplined football,’ Michelle said. ‘Ozzie’s classic 30-metre top-corner blast started the party’. Another hat trick from Godbee as well as stonewall defence finished the Rovers. ‘The club song after the game was deafening, sweet revenge. What an effort,’ Michelle said.
A Red Devil on the charge for space in a game of women’s touch earlier this year. Photo Christine Butcher
The Red Devils Women’s tag league team has finished the regular season in second place and will play away against Ballina this weekend in the qualifying semifinals. If they win they will go on to play the minor premiers, Marist Brothers, the following week. On the weekend the Red Devils defeated Evans Head 10–8, despite playing the game with no reserves. ‘The girls played really well with just 11 players. They pulled together and turned on a great performance,’ said Byron Bay Rugby League committee member Shannon Hulbert. Making the semifinals is a good result for a side that only joined the competition last year. ‘The team is really gelling together. A lot of last year’s players came through to this year and they are sharing their knowledge with the new players,’ she said. Women’s touch is played just like Oz Tag but under
NRL rules, she said.
Mullumbimby The Giants women’s touch team ended the season going down to competition leaders Marist Brothers 26–6 on the weekend, and finshed their first season in the competition in seventh place after notching up seven wins. ‘The idea to start the team was floated a week out from the start of the season. We had 24 women turn up to the first training and have had good numbers throughout the year,’ said team member Mel Groves. ‘When we played our first game we were still learning the rules. You have to adapt touch football skills to a fullsized field and kicking. ‘We have been good defensively but it took us a while to learn how to score tries. In the middle of the season we put together three or four wins in a row. ‘Next year we will have more respect from the other sides,’ she said.
Menczer in the lineup for another world title Crystal Cylinders
The boys put on some 3on3 hustle. Photo Kylie Robertson Alvin Caoyonan
Byron Basketball held their 3on3 Comp last Sunday at the Cavanbah Centre, and what an amazing success it was. Credit to the volunteers who gave up their Sunday and the large number of basketball fanatics who travelled down from north of the border. Twenty-one teams from the Gold Coast and the By-
ron area battled it out over four age groups from U/12s to U/18s.
Winners U/12 girls Pacific Pines Panthers (Gold Coast), U/12 boys Pythons (Byron), U/14 boys Astrodogs (Gold Coast), U/16 boys Peanut Butter Fam (Gold Coast), U/18 boys Llamas in Pyjamas (Byron Bay). A big thankyou to all sponsors.
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Local legend and 1993 Women’s World Pro surfing champion Pauline Menczer will be competing at the Azores Airlines World Masters & Grand Masters Championships over September 18–23 at Praia De Santa Barbara, Sao Miguel, Azores Islands. The Women’s Masters division features six former professional surfers including four former world champions. Menczer is taking the opportunity to win another world title very seriously and after a lifetime of living with
rheumatoid arthritis she has recently recovered from a hip replacement and has been training under the tutelage of her longtime coach Steve Foreman. WSL Qualifying Series events have run at the Azore Islands for almost a decade, and the beach has produced world-class waves on occasion. The biggest change to the championships this year is that they will include a women’s division. Seven-time world champion Layne Beachley and four-time champion Freida Zamba, two of the most suc-
Pauline Menczer will soon again be entertaining the crowd with her surfing prowess. Photo Surfing Australia
cessful surfers of all time, are among the women invited to compete.
‘Wilko’ Byron Bay’s Matt Wilkinson was pipped at the post
in his round-one heat at the Tahiti Pro in building 1.5–2metre waves at the worldfamous Tahitian reef pass of Teahupo’o. Wilkinson placed second and will now battle in the sudden-death round two.
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.