From the Magpies? Nest

LAST Sunday the Magpies hosted Tweed Coast reserves and first grade.

Reserve grade started slowly with the Raiders racing to a early lead with some great play and led 10-nil.

To their credit the Magpies clawed there way back into the game, but still trailed the Raiders at halftime.

The Magpies riddled with injuries, endured a passionate half-time blast from coach Shane Eamens.

The second half was better quality footy led by powerful front rower Aaron Walker, it was a real arm wrestle, and with only 20 seconds remaining and the scores locked at 22-all the Magpies made a break and scored to seal the match, 28-22.

Try scorers for the Magpies were: Jack Purcell, Barry Ah-See, Aaron Walker, Dheran Young, and Lenny Anderson one each. Aaron Walker kicked 4 goals.

Players Player went to Vincent Laurie.

Magpies best and fairest 3 points went to Dheran Young, Vincent Laurie 2 points and Aaron Walker with 1 point.

A giant thank you must go to the Under-18s that played, Alex Price, Lenny Anderson, Dheran Young, Jerry Byers, Greg Randall. Also thanks to Ferg and Rob Warburton for helping the bench out.

nTHE Magpies first grade had plenty of opportunities from Raiders mistakes but where unable to turn into points and managed to lead at half-time 16-8.

The second half was exciting with glimpses of quality, led by representative front-rower Tom Freebody, the Magpies controlled the major part of the second half and went on to win the game Magpies 40-24.

The game never got to its full potential as the game officials awarded 28 penalties.

Try scorers for the Magpies with 1 each were: Grant Brown, Ben McDonald, Dave Purcell, Daniel Cowling, and Ryan Binge. Aaron Murray crossed for 2 tries and Jason Wilkinson kicked 6 goals, with 2 from the sideline.

Players Player went to Wayne Read. Magpies best and fairest 3 points went to Daniel Cowling, 2 points to Wayne Read,and 1 to Jason Wilkinson.

Thank you to Alex Price & Kurtis Laurie from the Under-18s for contributing to the victory.

Good news for the Magpies will be the return of most of injured players for the important clash with Ballina at Ballina.

The Magpies next home game will be at the Maclean Showground on Sunday of the June long week-end, June 12, in all three grades against competition front runners in all three grades Murwillumbah Mustangs.

nTHIS will be the last game on the Showground for quite some time as the campdraft will be held the following week and the ground will be ripped up and be unsuitable for sport other then horses.

So for a two-days of campdrafting, the Magpies' senior and junior Training will be disrupted, the high school will have to go else where for sport, and the senior Magpies will relocate game day to a venue where the facilities are not suitable.

Cricket has already made the move, but is this what we want?

If rugby league goes, who's next, maybe the Highland Gathering? It's food for thought.

nNEXT week the Magpies will travel to Ballina in the Battle of the feathers in all three grades.

? Garry Anderson.

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