Liam's big goal
HOTSHOT Liam Afflick says he is determined to maintain his stunning recent form and help his table-topping Byron Magpies banish memories of last season's heartbreaking conclusion to the Aussie Rules season.
The full forward, who has booted a string of goals in recent weeks, should be in the Magpies' line-up for its South-East Queensland Northern Rivers Division 4 South AFL clash with Burleigh today.
Another win would see the Magpies take a step closer to the minor premiership.
Afflick, 22, said he and his teammates were determined to improve on last season's agonising one-point semi-final loss to Bond University in the preliminary finals.
"Everyone was devastated," he said.
"I think that has kept us driven this season. We don't want it to happen again."
Afflick, who is in his third season with the club, has been one of the region's in-form sportsmen in recent weeks.
He kicked three goals in a 43-point win over second-placed Tweed Coast Tigers last weekend.
That win extended the Magpies' lead at the top of the ladder to six points.
Last month he kicked 13 goals in consecutive games as his team racked up convincing wins over Bond Uni and Robina.
Afflick, who took up the sport in 2006 after previously playing rugby league at Mullumbimby, said the club's positive 2013 had been a result of great teamwork.
"When you get a great amount of the ball from the boys in the centre, it certainly makes it easier," he said.
"We had a new coach (David Gee) this year who has been training us pretty hard, which is good.
"Everyone wants to win the flag."
The Magpies face Burleigh at the Byron Bay Sports Complex from 2pm.
Ballina host Bond Uni at Fripp Oval, while the Lismore Swans travel to Robina.
The Magpies and Tweed are locked in for the finals, but the remaining places are up for grabs.
"Nothing will be easy this season," Afflick said. "Hopefully we can go on from here and win the comp.
"Go the Maggies."