From the Magpies? Nest
LAST Sunday the Magpies hosted the Grafton Ghosts in the Terry Randall memorial day on the Maclean Showground in all three grades.
What a great day it was for the Magpies. Victory in all three grades sensational weather and a strong crowd to add to a great atmosphere.
The Under-18s kicked the day off with a gutsy performance against a very strong Ghost out fit.
The Magpies at half time trailed the Ghosts 6-4.
Tony Wiseman's half time talk worked wonders with the Magpies flexing their muscles and hanging on to a well deserved victory over the visitors, 14-12.
Try scorers for the Magpies with one each were Simon Harrison, Tom Martin, and Lenny Anderson. Lenny also kicked a goal.
Players Player was taken out by two players Kane Douglas & Callum Lenard. The Terry Randall best and fairest 3 points went to Kurtis Laurie, 2 points to Kane Douglas, 1 point to Callum Lenard.
nRESERVE Grade was a beauty, and defense was the winner on the day for the Magpies.
This team has the potential to go all the way if they decide to be a lot more committed.
Thank you to Jason Ferguson and Norm Harvey for helping out as coach Shane Eamens was away sick.
The first half was an arm restle, and at times it looked like the Magpies where in control, but the Ghosties would hit back with a try, and at half time the Magpies led 24-12.
The second half, in hot conditions, really proved how good this side can be by holding the Darren Herron-led Ghosts to nil and the final score was 44-12.
Zane Purcell, Michael Randall, Anthony Hickling, Scott Laurie, Grant Brown all scored 1 try each with Damien Randall scoring 2. Damien also kicked 2 goals, and Grant Brown kicked 4.
Players Player went to Scott Laurie , and the Terry Randall Best and Fairest 3 points also went to Scott Laurie, 2 points to Daine Laurie, and 1 point to Michael Randall.
nFIRST grade got off to a flying start with the Ghosties kicking out on the full, and the Magpies where quick to capitalise on the mistake and crossed for a very early try.
The Magpies raced to a half time lead of 28 to 4.
The second half was a torrid affair with both sides making countless errors, the Magpies always looked in control with the Magpies running out 34-16 winners.
Try scorers where Dane Walker, with 1, Aaron Murray with 2 and Kenny Mercy scoring 3. Aaron Murray kicked 4 goals and Jason Wilkinson kicked 1.
Players Player was Aaron Murray. The Terry Randall Best and Fairest 3 points also went to Aaron Murray, 2 points to Ken Mercy, with Dane Walker picking up 1.
So at the end of the game the Terry Randall Memorial shield was proudly handed over to Jason Wilkinson captain coach of the Magpies by Noeline Kapeen.
That's right Big Terry would be smiling as his Black and White Magpies claimed back his trophy.
A big thank you to Noeline and Nungera for supporting such a great day of rugby league.
A new site at the ground was a food van on the river side, this is a new way of catering to the families who take advantage of the spacious Showground.
This will continue for at least three games as a trial, and if popular it will continue.