Sam's the man for Byron Bay Rams after grand final triumph

LUCKILY for him, Sam Owens knows a thing or two about overseeing celebrations.

The 25-year-old is the toast of his Byron Bay Rams side after scoring both goals in his team's 2-1 Football FNC men's premier division grand final triumph over Lismore Thistles.

Match report

Victory at Lismore's Oakes Oval secured the Rams their first flag since 2006 and was the perfect way to mark the club's 50th celebrations.

Owens, who manages the Lala Land nightclub in Byron Bay, said he was looking forward to the post-match festivities.

"I'll be having a drink out of the cup," he said.

"I came to the club after we won our last premiership.

I always wanted to win a senior premiership - I've been waiting a while for this.

"I'm over the moon."

Thistles were unable to fight their way back into the match, with Matt Weir's late penalty their only consolation.

It was a disappointing night to an otherwise fantastic season for the Blues, who had earlier captured the minor premiership and the Tursa Employment and Training Anzac Cup.

Victory was a sweet moment for Rams midfielder Herick Schuenemann, who was one of the night's most impressive performers.

"It's the best feeling I've ever had," he said.

"The last two days it seemed like every moment I was thinking about this match. It was such a relief to win.

"I think Thistles did an amazing job this season. They were champions, (so) we just tried to do our best.

Thistles skipper Darren Beardow was generous in defeat, congratulating the Rams on their win.

He praised his side's hard-fought efforts and thanked everyone who assisted the club this season.

More football coverage: see page 25 and http://www.northernstar.com.au.


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