From the Magpies' Nest

LAST Sunday the Magpies hosted competition leaders the Murwillumbah Mustangs in all three grades on the Maclean Showground.

The Under-18s was a spectacle to watch, and the young Magpies did us proud, and led 12-4 at the half time break, the second half was full of excitement as the Magpies held onto a small lead against the competition leaders, and to the Magpies' credit ran out eventual winners 16-10.

Try scorers for the Magpies was Callum Lenard, John Scott and Tom Martin with one each.

Jackson Philp kicked 2 goals. Players Player for the Magpies was Alex Price. Best & Fairest 3 points went to Callum Lenard, 2 points Kane Douglas, Jackson Philp with 1.

Next Sunday will be a tough test as they now take on the New Comp leaders South Tweed.

nRESERVE grade got off to a slow start and things did not look good at half-time as the Magpies went to the break trailing the Mustangs 22-6, but again the second half was full of action with the gutsy, injury-riddled Magpies throwing the ball around and running in some classy tries, and at one stage the boys led 30-28.

The Magpies were attacking the Mustangs line and looked like scoring, but the pass went to ground, and the Mustangs recovered from that attacking raid and turned the tables scoring two late tries to seal victory 40-30.

The game was called off early due to an ugly incident between Lower Clarence player Darrin Currie and the referee.

Magpies Players Player was Lenny Anderson, Best & Fairest 3 points went to Aaron (Raper) Walker, 2 points to Lenny Anderson, and 1 point to Ron Williams.

nFIRST grade was all one-way traffic in the first half with the Mustangs scoring at will and their forwards did all the damage, again the Magpies had to make team changes only two minutes into the game with star centre Ken Mercy taken from the field with a calf muscle injury.

Ken was replaced by star Under-18 centre Callum Lenard, and at half time the Mustangs led 30-18.

Up against competition leaders you would have thought the game was over.

Well, all I can say to the supporters that left early you missed some of the best team tries scored at the show ground this season.

At one stage the gallant Magpies led the Mustangs 40-38.

It was the dying 10 minutes as the Mustangs received a penalty in kicking range and converted to level the score at 40 each, then they proved why they are on top of the table with a strong try again through the middle to take the match Mustangs 46-40.

Players Player went to Mick Harris, best & fairest 3 points went to Mick Harris, 2 points Nathan Kelly, and 1 point to Jason Wilkinson.

Next week's game will be at South Tweed against the Koalas in all three grades.

? Garry Anderson.

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