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Shores United are the real winners

THE REAL WINNERS: The triumphant Shores United Division 6 team defeated local rivals Mullumbimby in the recent Grand Final.
THE REAL WINNERS: The triumphant Shores United Division 6 team defeated local rivals Mullumbimby in the recent Grand Final. Tony Betts/Cabansail Photography

SHORES United Soccer Club has every right to feel hard done by.

Despite their Sixth Division team crushing Mullumbimby in the recent grand final, an editing mistake in the Byron Shire News saw the win wrongly awarded to the Mullumbimby side.

The score was in fact 3-0 in favour of Shores United.

Shores United senior sides started in 2011 after founding members Michael Hardie, James Linklater, Craig Heyen and Mark Patten together with Raymond Musgrave left the Mullumbimby Club to form the new club.

"Initially we were concerned that it would hurt the Mullumbimby club, but now both clubs have three senior teams and so do we," said Shores President Mr Patten.

"But it did set up a Captain Bligh/Fletcher Christian kind of rivalry at the clubs."

That rivalry was clearly on display in the recent Sixth Grade grand final with respective club presidents of Mullum and Ocean Shores, Chris Fenwick and Mr Patten, taking to the field for the game.Not only did Shores Sixth Division win their premiership, their first division team came second in their competition as well as winning the pre-season Anzac Cup.

Despite all this success, Shores United needs a decent full-sized pitch to foster the continued growth of the club.

Club President Mark Patten is waiting to see if council will deliver on its promise to establish a full size playing field for the club by the start of the 2016 season.

"Currently we have 16 teams using one undersize field with no amenities at all," said Mr Patten.

It seems they've earned it.

Topics:  byron council, football, ocean shores


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