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Magpies bomb Swans finals hopes

FINGERS HAVE IT: Luke Henschke (Byron Magpies) and Hamish Clacher (Lismore Swans) contest the ruck at Mortimer Oval.
FINGERS HAVE IT: Luke Henschke (Byron Magpies) and Hamish Clacher (Lismore Swans) contest the ruck at Mortimer Oval. Doug Eaton

BRETT Porter was the star as Byron Magpies sent out an ominous warning to its South East Queensland/Northern Rivers AFL Division Four South rivals and also delivered a hammer blow to Lismore Swans' play-off hopes.

 

Porter booted five goals as already-confirmed minor premiers the Magpies romped to a 96-point win over the Swans at Lismore's Mortimer Oval.

Saturday's result means the Swans have to win next Saturday's derby clash against Ballina Bombers to stand a chance of reaching this year's finals.

The Magpies were always in control of the contest, displaying some outstanding attacking play throughout.

Porter was on fire while Matt Shaw and Trent Stanna also kicked two goals for the rampaging Magpies.

Kane Bullock and Luke Henschke were among the standouts for the visitors as they wrapped up a 17.9 (111) to 1.9 (15) win.

Andrew James, Angus Legoe and Hamish Clacher performed best for the hosts.

The Swans are now fifth on the ladder behind Bond Uni in the fourth and final play-off place.

Joey Mitchell's team will have to beat the Bombers in its final match of the regu- lar season and hope it can overhaul the Queenslanders. Sixth-placed Burleigh could also pip both teams to the finals.

Meanwhile, Ballina Bombers have still been earmarked as a danger side for the finals despite also suffering a heavy loss.

Ashley Gemmill kicked four goals as Tweed Coast Tigers defeated the Bombers 7.17 (59) to 3.3 (21).

The victory ensured the Tigers clinched the runners-up berth on the ladder, with the Bombers still locked in for finals footy despite the loss.

It was also sweet revenge for the Tigers after their 32-point loss to the Bombers earlier in the season.

Despite the comfortable win, Tigers president Mark Downward is still wary about the Bombers' threat.

"We have lost our (first choice) midfield this season (due to injuries)," he said. "We've had to rebuild this season. I still think we have a way to go yet to be at our best.

"Ballina took us apart two weeks ago. We came away from that match thinking, 'my goodness - how do we stop that team'.

"The Magpies are still the top team but I'm sure Ballina will be there or thereabouts."

Bond Uni defeated Robina by 27 points in the round's other match.

LADDER Rd. 15

Pts

 

Byron Magpies

46

Tweed Coast

36

Ballina

26

Bond Uni

20

Lismore

20

Burleigh

18

Robina

14


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