Lennox has chance at minor premiership after trouncing Byron
LENNOX Head have set themselves up for a chance at the minor premiership after a 34-12 win over Byron Bay in FNC rugby union at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground on Saturday.
The Trojans have an 11-point buffer in third but could jump to second after the top-of-the-table clash between Wollongbar-Alstonville and Lismore next week.
If they get to second they could snatch the minor premiership with a win against Wollongbar next month.
"We finish the year with Lismore, Wollongbar and Ballina so semi-finals pretty much start for us then," Lennox Head coach Jason McCombie said.
"Byron are a tough side and I thought it was a danger game for us."
It was a game which never rose to any great heights but referee Allan Thomas did produce two red cards for dangerous tackles.
Byron Bay centre Jascha Saeck and Lennox Head winger Lachlan Crawford were sent off and could face some time on the sidelines.
McCombie believes there wasn't much in either tackle.
"It was a good tough game and it was played in the right spirit," he said.
"Lachlan is only 17 and he just lifted him a bit awkwardly over the sideline."
McCombie named front-rowers Jack Bungate and Curtis Miles along with flanker Harry Witt as his best players.
Front-rower Aaron Shake-shaft toiled hard for Byron.
In other games, Wollongbar-Alstonville put in a clinical performance in a 55-17 win over Bangalow at the Bangalow Sportsground.
Winger Ben Leatigaga scored a hat-trick and five-eighth Ben Damen bagged a try-scoring double.
Lismore belted the Casino Bulls 81-12 at Lismore Rugby Park. Centres Matt Bermingham and Charles Chapman and halfback Ted Pye each scored two tries.
And Grafton thumped Southern Cross University 86-0 at Grafton Rugby Park.
There are no games this weekend with a general bye.
FNC RUGBY UNION SCOREBOARD
Lennox Head 34 (Dan Boardman, Connor Winchester, Paul Crozier, Scott Cardow, Hamish Holbrook, Jamie Tredinnick tries, Adam Gordon 2 conversions) d Byron Bay 12 (Aaron Shakeshaft, Jeremie Seigne tries, Sion King conversion). Half-time: 19-0.
Wollongbar-Alstonville 55 (Ben Leatigaga 3, Ben Damen 2, Jerry Faifaiese, James Vidler, Josh Damen tries, Ben Damen 6 conversions, penalty goal) d Bangalow 17 (Chris Bleakley, Jake Brumley, James Coventry tries, Will Latham conversion). Half-time: 43-7.
Lismore 81 (Matt Bermingham 2, Ted Pye 2, Charles Chapman 2, Tom Bishop, Will Cotterill, Ben Briggs, Gavin Tulk, Ewen McQueen, Stephen Prosser, Brenden Williams tries, Matt Bermingham 7, Angus MacDougall conver-sions) d Casino 12 (Nathan Davy, Dylan Hogan tries, Nathan Davy conversion). Half-time: 53-5.
Grafton 86 (Beau Brotherson 2, Nathan McPherson 2, Ben Stone 2, Sam Taggart 2, Ian Leota 2, Zach Hyatt, Dwayne Duke, Scott Lloyd, Justin Travers tries, Zac Hyatt 5, Nick Collie, Justin Travers, Ian Leota conversions) d Southern Cross University 0. Half-time: 43-0.
- Wollongbar-Alstonville 56
- Lismore 52
- Lennox Head 50
- Ballina 39
- Grafton 30
- Bangalow 26
- Byron Bay 20
- Casino 8
- Southern Cross University 0