The Byron Shire Echo – Issue 37.09 – August 10, 2022

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Ross Kendall The Mullumbimby Moonshiners rugby union raised over $7000 at their annual Beyond Blue Charity Day last weekend, and collected a solid win over Lennox Head 26–12 playing at home at the Alby Lofts oval. The win leaves the Moonshiners just outside the top four on a congested table with just two games of the regular season to go. Casuarina, on 59 points, leads the competition, with Richmond Range second on 50. Evans River (47), Ballina (45), Mullumbimby (44) and Lennox Head (41) are contenders to round out the top four for finals rugby. In first grade, Bangalow also wore the Beyond Blue special edition jersey, but they lost a tough game to Lennox Head 32–19. Each side put on three tries, but Lennox Head were able to forge ahead in the first half on the back of a string of penalty goals.

Despite some dominant scrummaging the Bangalow first graders (in their Beyond Blue jerseys) were outplayed by the Lennox Head Trojans last weekend. Photo Ross Kendall Tom McEvoy, Zak Condon, and Callum Jones’ tries all went over for Lennox, while Jared Lofts kicked a conversion and five penalty goals. Bangalow’s try-scorers included Hamish Guest, Otty Fifita, and Will Latham, while Joel Little kicked two conversions. In other first grade games Lismore powered home in the second half to overcome a 26–16 deficit against Casuarina to eventually take their first win of the season 37–26. Ballina also proved too

strong for Byron Bay, winning their encounter 48–13. It was Byron’s fifth loss on the trot and rules them out of contention for the finals as they sit in sixth spot on 19 points. Wollongbar, Alstonville and Bangalow are on top with 39 points each, leaving Lennox Head (31), Ballina 29 and Casuarina (27) to battle it out for the remaining two finals positions. Next week WAR take on Bangalow at Bangalow and Lennox Head play Ballina at home.

AFL9s return to Byron after covid hiatus Ross Kendall Byron Bay’s Cavanbah Centre is set to host the two-day AFL9s Invitational tournament with $20,000 worth of prize money on offer across mixed, women and men’s divisions. After a two-year break the carnival will be played on 28–29 October 2022. ‘I am absolutely pumped to announce AFL Queensland will once again host the Byron Invitational,’ regional Queensland Program Manager, Kieran Daley, said. ‘The nine-a-side game provides a fast, free-flowing game to players seeking a social, non-contact alternative that is fun for all ages, genders and skill levels, and

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Pre-covid AFL9s winners with their cheque. Photo AFLQ is played on a smaller field. ‘Food vans, live music and an alfresco lounge bar gives the competitions a festival feel, which culminates in a Saturday afternoon of finals. ‘Whether you are a footy

team looking to enjoy an end-of-season trip, a seasoned AFL9s campaigner, or a group of mates wanting to enjoy a kick and some time in the sun – there is a division available for you.’

A battle royale unfolded last Saturday afternoon at the Cavanbah oval when the Byron Bay women’s AFL team took on the Ballina Bombers and mounted a strong comeback in the last quarter to wrestle a one-point win (5.3.33–5.2.32) from the visitors. The victory leaves Byron Bay at the top of the table with 11 wins from 13 starts. Tweed Coast, Ballina and Beenleigh round out the top of the four in the competition. Photo Rob Parkin

Recognition for Brunswick SLSC volunteers Five national medals presented on behalf of Governor General David Hurley were some of the awards given to Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club members on Saturday night, 30 July. The national medal – one of the highest honours for volunteer surf lifesavers recognising 20 years of service, was won by Adrian Russell, Stewart White, Grant Carey, Margaret and Mark Quinn. Adrian Russell and Mark Quinn were each recognised for 35 and 40 years of volunteer service, respectively. Other key awards on the night included the Far North Coast Branch Surf Lifesaver of the Year, which went to club captain Leigh Robbins; Junior Club Person, awarded to Bella Griffiths; and the Dick Arthur Memorial Award for Best Cadet, which was received by Jackson Annarino. Paul Davis scooped the pool across the surf sports categories, taking home multiple awards including Best Water Competitor, Best

NSW Flood Certificate awardees (L–R) Matt Holmes, Bryce Holmes, David Griffiths, Simon Ceglinski, Leigh Robbins, Chris Ashton and Craig Reid. Craft Competitor, and Best Carnival Competitor Founded in 1935, Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club has been a pillar of the local community for 86 years, with its volunteers providing essential preventative and emergency services across its beach and waterways; which, this season, briefly expanded to include swiftwater flood rescues. As recognition and thanks for their selfless actions – which included flood evacuations, first aid and triple zero rescue callouts – on 28 February, seven club

members received a ‘NSW Flood Emergency Certificate of Appreciation’ from State body Surf Life Saving NSW. Over 45 ‘National Patrol Service Awards’ for five, ten, 15 and 20 years of volunteering were also bestowed to numerous club members as recognition for their longterm efforts. Brunswick Surf Life Saving Club’s upcoming 2022/23 season begins on 25 September, with volunteer members patrolling on weekends and school holidays through to Easter 2023.

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