From the Magpies' Nest
LAST Sunday was the first ever Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League game day at the Yamba Sports Complex, on Angourie Road.
The Under-18s started on fire with strong discipline and solid defence carried the boys to a 16-nil half-time score.
The second half was totally different as the Rebels lifted their game and at one stage came within a few points of levelling the score.
The Magpies hit back with a great try towards the end and ran out eventual winners 28-16.
Try scorers for the Magpies where Jerry Byers, Tom Fletcher, Callum Lenard, Jackson Philp and Alex Price all with one each and Jackson Philp kicked 4 goals.
Players' Player was Jackson Philp, Magpies Best and Fairest 3 points went to Jackson Philp, 2 points Alex Price with 1 point going to Tom Martin.
nRESERVE grade was a great spectacle with free-flowing footy and the Magpies crossing for 12 tries.
Before the game had even started the Rebels coaching staff were complaining about the Magpies having first graders in the reserve grade side.
Maybe you shouldn't concede defeat before the game has started.
Sorry guys. We played our regular reserve grade side and if we have a sprinkling of first graders in that side well that's how it's supposed to be.
Your opinion does not offend us, but I thought I would clear the air.
Anyway onto the game.
There were tries galore on show and I might add from both sides.
The Magpies went to the half-time break leading 32-12.
During the half-time interval the Home Hardware kick for cash was run with five kickers trying to place-kick into the back of a ute from 30 metres away. All were unsuccessful.
In fact there was a fair bit of talent attempting the kicks like Daniel Battersby, Jackson Lucas, even an old toe-punter in Shane Laurie senior.
Next week the cash prize will jackpot to $250, courtesy of Home Hardware Maclean.
With the start of the second half it was a matter of will the Rebels be able to contain the razzle dazzle football being played by the Magpies.
As it panned out the Rebels fought hard right to the very end and if the Magpies scored then the Rebels would hit back.
Both teams are to be congratulated for contributing to a great afternoon of entertainment, but there had to be one winner and it was the Magpies 68-32 winners over the Rebels.
Try scorers for the Magpies with one each were: Shane Laurie, Anthony Hickling, Chase Williams, Damien Randall.
Daine Laurie crossed for 2 tries with Aaron Walker and Lenny Anderson crossing for 3 tries each. Lenny Anderson, Ron Williams and Daine Laurie kicked 1 goal each, Damien Randall kicked 2 and Aaron Walker kicked 3 goals.
Players' Player went to Aaron Walker, with the Magpies Best and Fairest 3 points going to Andrew Avery, 2 points to Daine Laurie and 1 point going to Boe Hayne.
Next week the Magpies will be again at the Yamba Sports Complex in all three grades up against the very strong Casino Cougars outfit.
Everyone would remember the great rugby league played in Yamba 3 years ago against the Cougars and this year promises to be even better, The Magpies are desperate for your home town support, so get out to the sensational rugby league ground at Yamba where there is plenty of parking.
Supporters that like to sit in the car and watch, are catered for, but be early.
Please remember no alcohol is permitted, only what is sold by the club at the licenced booth area and there is plenty of great food.
Come on Maclean and Yamba support your Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League Club the mighty Lower Clarence Magpies next, Sunday.
The Under-18s kick off at noon.