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Byron High boys narrowly miss Byron Bay bowlers claim topfour finish at state titles out on Bill Turner Cup finals

Quarterfinalists: Byron Bay High School’s U/15 boys side. Photo Rachel Milgate

Byron Bay High’s U/15 boys soccer team won their roundof-16 clash last week, but three days later went down 1–0 to Newcastle High in the quarterfinals, ending their stellar run in the Bill Turner national knockout football competition. The narrow loss to the Newcastle side took place in Coffs Harbour last Friday. ‘The team put in their best effort. What more can you ask?’ Byron Bay coach Harley Schmidt said after the team’s charge to the finals ended. ‘At the end of the day it was not the result we were after but the boys have put

in a great effort throughout the whole tournament. To get to this stage is a really great achievement. ‘The bounce of the ball gets you sometimes,’ he said. Three days earlier Byron Bay beat St John Paul College (Coffs Harbour) on penalties after the game was locked at 2–2 in their round-of-16 game played at home. The win put them into the quarterfinal against Newcastle. The St John Paul team got off to a great start with a goal in the first minute, but Byron soon grabbed the ascendency when Zahi Addis scored back-to-back goals in the

Linda and Judy take open pairs crown in the Bay

Congratulations go to (L-R) Jenny Meinel, Bev Gawned, Linda Child and Judy Wright for playing a very close game to decide the Byron Bay Womens Bowling Club 2018 open pairs champions. In a very entertaing game Linda and Judy claimed the honours with a 16–15 win. Photo supplied.

Locals blitz BJJ

Local Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitors won medals at the Australian national championship in Melbourne earlier this month. (L–R) Andy Murasaki (adult double gold), Chilli Harel (junior gold), Bryce McCourt (teenager gold). Yariv Vigo Montes (not pictured) also brought home gold and silver in the adult division. Photo supplied

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14th and 18th minutes. The game was locked up early in the second half when the visitors equalised. Byron Bay won the penalty shot out 4–2. The Bill Turner Cup is a high school competition for students 15-years-and-under in a knock-out format with 450 teams from Cairns to Melbourne, all regions of NSW and the ACT.

Correction In an earlier report (Echo 33.09) Zahi Addis was incorrectly named as Khai Addis; the photo in the story was of his brother Hani Addis.

Giants out of NRRRL finals The Mullumbimby Giants have bowed out of the 2018 NRRRL competition after losing to the Murwillumbah Mustangs 40–20 in the first elimination final. The Giants got off to a good start playing away from home and went into the sheds at halftime ahead by 20–12. ‘Injuries took their toll and then the Mustangs just ran over us at the end,’ club secretary Shane Diehm said . After featuring at the top of the table for the first half of the season the Giants leave the competition in fifth place, and in far better shape than in past years. ‘It has been 10 years since we have been in the fianls, so we are happy to get there. ‘We have built a pretty solid foundation this year and our new coach Dallas Waters will be with us next year, so we can keep building momentum and hopefully go even further in 2019,’ he said.

The Byron Bay Bowling Club number seven pennants team missed out on a finals berth at the state titles by just a single shot over the weekend. The team started strongly, winning their section and defeating West Tamworth on Friday afternoon, Norah Head in a close tussle on Saturday morning, and overcoming Batlow on Saturday afternoon to qualify for Sunday morning’s semifinal against Taree West. They were defeated in that game by one shot overall on

The Byron Bay Sevens played the state pennant finals held at The Greens BC at The Entrance last week. Photo supplied

the last end after a tight measure for the vital shot. ‘Well done, the Bay’s Sevens, who were great ambas-

sadors for our town and club and gained memorable experience from this competition,’ club member Syl Reid said.

Beez girls face the best at state cup Coach Matt Ogle

The Byron Beez U/16 division one girls’ team travelled to Minto recently to compete in the BNSW State Cup after winning the northern division of the 2018 BNSW Waratah Junior League in July. The young Byron Beez team did themselves proud, but were winless over the three-game weekend competing against basketball associations with much larger player pools including Blue Mountains, Sydney City and Batemans Bay. Their best performance was against the Sydney City Comets when the Beez put on a great show of skill and teamwork. Undersized and undermanned, the Beez kept the game very competitive and the crowd pleased with their tenacious defence and precise offence. The Beez game against

Byron Beez U/16 girls with coach Matt Ogle. Photo supplied

Batemans Bay, eventual competition runners-up, was also closely contested for the majority of the game: however, with plenty of subs, the opposition were able to keep running with fresh legs, and eventually got away from the Beez. The whole weekend was great experience for our players, of which all but one will be eligible to play U/16s again next year.

The girls were very positive about their efforts and performance and the fact they improved from game to game, bouncing back from a big early loss. To challenge some of the best teams in the state is testament to their attitude and commitment to the game. The Byron Beez will be holding trials for girls’ representative teams later this year to enter the NJL in 2019.

Geckos keep winning Shand cricket Brian Mollet

The Geckos cricket team has a long and proud history dating back to when Nicholas Shand used to browbeat, bribe or blackmail a bewildered-looking bunch of journalists and drinking buddies onto the old pitch, most startled to be out of bed so early. There they would unerringly receive a resounding drubbing from the wily Wanganui team (Wilsons Creek) and indeed it took many years for the Geckos to crack it for their first win, an occasion that caused weeklong celebrations. So to suggest that the Geckos would go through

the round robin of the Shand series undefeated would have had people seriously doubting your sanity and flushing any stray medications in your medicine cabinet down the toilet. But the Geckos are now five from five in the Shand series after accounting for the Lennox Ripstarters on Sunday, who won the toss and chose to bat. A blustery breeze had the new ball swirling and dipping around and James, Trent, Mick, and Mal all bagged two scalps apiece. In a rousing performance in the field the Geckos stuck to every ball like farmers friends on a woolly sock and

bundling out the power hitting Lennox lineup of Gaz, Scoot, Beezo, Barnsey, and Ed for a surprisingly lightweight 98. Opener Rossco and the evergreen Adeha (31no) then set about chipping the target score down to size and stumps were drawn in mid- afternoon when team stalwart Peter Wynn-Moylan clipped up the winning runs with a good eight-and-a-half overs to spare. The Geckos now own top spot and their final’s opponents will be decided by the match between Main Arm and the Byron Full-Tossers, who have to win well to avoid the Gecko juggernaught.

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The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.11 – August 22, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.

The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 33.11 – August 22, 2018  

Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire in northern NSW, Australia.