The Bay trump Bangalow

Some of the action from the Byron Bay and Bangalow local derby at the Rec Ground on Saturday.
Some of the action from the Byron Bay and Bangalow local derby at the Rec Ground on Saturday.

Byron played Bangalow in the local derby for the Crom-Bat cup, which Bangalow have held since the cup started.

 Byron Bay have not beaten Bangalow in 15-a-side rugby in four years of Village Rugby, but with a new found enthusiasm and a full reserves bench Byron came out on top 7-0.

The Bay held a massive advantage in territory and most of the game was spent in Bangalow’s half.

Wombat had another great game and finished the match still recognisable which didn’t happen last week.

Byron Bay’s Scottish boys are finding their way in the team and Paul Pritchard had his best game yet, collecting best on ground and players’ player from the team.


Mat Alexander who moved to halfback for this match played well and gave Nigel Magnay plenty of room to run at the opposition which created the first try with a great run and dummy to split the line and go in untouched under the posts.

The try was converted by goal kicking wiz Paul Mitchell and at this rate will create a new record if he keeps going.

The backs have the potential to work well together but it was the forwards once again that led the way and were a lot more physical at ruck time than Bangalow.

This Saturday Byron Bay play Yamba who have not lost a game and have beaten other teams with bonus points, four tries a game.

It will take a determined effort to beat them. Kick off 2.30.

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