Byron Magpies join AFL North Coast

AFL NSW/ACT is proud to announce Byron Magpies will be joining the AFL North Coast’s Senior Men’s and Women’s competitions in 2023.

Byron Magpies will be the third club to join AFL North Coast’s senior ranks in three seasons, following the addition of Lismore Swans and Casino Lions in 2021.

Formed in 1984, the Magpies join the league from AFL Queensland’s QFA and QFAW, where its women’s team won the QFA Division 2 South grand final in 2022 (pictured). Its men’s team was unable to field a side following challenging 2020/21 seasons hampered by NSW/Queensland border closures.

“This is a momentous day for AFL North Coast,” said Paul Taylor, competition manager for AFL North Coast. “Through Byron, we increase our Senior Men’s and Women’s competition to seven eligible teams, which will give our players the chance to compete against different people and different teams in new locations. I’m excited about welcoming Byron into our ranks and can’t wait to see how they perform in 2023.

“The clubs in our competition are also enthusiastic about getting the opportunity to play new team, particularly one based in one of the world’s leading holiday destinations.”

Josh Rhodes, QFA’s Competition Manager from AFL Queensland was grateful for Byron’s efforts in the competition: “AFL Queensland thanks Byron Magpies – it’s players, volunteers and officials – for all it’s done to enhance our competitions across our region,” he said. “We look forward to watching the club continue to develop in the NSW-based AFL North Coast competition and wish the club all the best.”


Byron Magpies play and train out of the Cavanbah Centre and players interested in joining can visit to contact the club.