From the Magpies? Nest

THE Lower Clarence Magpies rugby league teams traveled to Lismore to play the very strong Marist Brothers club in all three grades.

Again the young Magpies started well and points were on the board early, but as always the Rams hit back with a powerful display of controlled rugby league and at half-time led 16-12.

The Magpies where always in the game in the second half with two late tries to the Rams pushing the score out to Rams 38-22.

Try scorers for the Magpies were Tom Martin Byron Aitken andand Lenny Anderson with 1 each and Tom Martin kicked 2 goals.

Players Player went to Tom Fletcher, and the best and fairest 3 points going to Kane Douglas, 2 points to Calum Lenard, 1 point to Dheran Young.

nRESERVE grade was always going to be tough as the Magpies where depleted with injuries to key players, Brett Laurie, Scott Laurie, Nathan Kelly, Dane Walker, Ben Campbell, Troy Currie, also unavailable was Michael Randall and Wayne Read and Barry Ah-See still out injured.

But to their credit Shane Eamens and his players did the club proud as they worked themselves to a standstill as a powerful Marist Brothers outfit was always in control.

To add to the Magpies' problems giant prop Daine Laurie succumbed to an ankle injury and played no part in the second half.

At half-time the Rams led 26-4, The second half was all about pride and the boys done well with the final score being Rams defeating the Magpies 52-4.

The only try scorer was Daine Laurie with 1. Players Player was Aaron Walker. Best and Fairest 3 points went to Ben Mcdonald, 2 points to Shane Eamens, and 1 point to Jack Currie.

nFIRST grade also was going to be tough with a reshuffle just before kick off with front rower Wayne Read and Dane Walker both making themselves unavailable just prior to kick off.

Jason Wilkinson out with a dislocated collarbone decided to play and elevated from reserve grade was speedster Damien Randall onto the wing.

Courage and defence was the winner on the day with two players making more then 30 tackles each, being Tom Freebody and Daniel Cowling.

At half-time the score was locked at 12-all and the stage was set for a great second half.

Well, what a start to the second half with the Magpies holding the Rams out for four consecutive sets of six, but not the fifth and the Rams drew first blood.

The Magpies came within 4 points at one stage but the Rams with a full bench were too strong, taking the match Rams 36-20.

Veteran Marist Brothers Player David Krause said 'that's our toughest game of the season so far,' and gave credit to our fitness.

Try scorers for the Magpies were Ken Mercy and Dave Purcell 1 each, and speedster Damien Randall with 2, Grant Brown kicked 2 goals.

Players Player went to Ken Mercy, with the 3 Best and Fairest points going to Daniel Cowling, 2 points to Tom Freebody, Ken Mercy with 1 point.

The committee and the first grade players would like to thank Ben Mcdonald, Byron Aitken and especially Jerry Byers who had already played in the Under-18s, and reserve grade before playing a big part in first grade.

Next week the Magpies are at home on the Maclean Showground on Sunday May 28 with reserves and first grade against the Tweed Coast Raiders. Reserve Grade will kick off at 1.15pm followed by first grade, $5 admission Under-16s are free.

Don't forget there will be a canteen operating as always on the hill and now for the supporters on the river side.

-- Garry Anderson.

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