Magpies? form promising
LAST Sunday at the Maclean Showground the Lower Clarence Magpies went head to head with the Ballina Seagulls in all three grades.
The first grade match was a beauty that went to the final hooter.
With the Magpies leading 40-38 and 60 seconds remaining, the Seagulls managed to score to take the match Ballina 44-40.
Try-scorers for the Magpies with one each, were: Luke Prosser, Liam Jones, Ben McDonald, Daine Laurie and Tom Freebody. Ken Mercy crossed for two tries. Aaron Murray kicked six goals including two from the sideline.
Captain Coach Jason Wilkinson sat this one out to work with assistant coach Ricky Binge in establishing a possible starting line up for the NRRRL competition.
Wilkinson said "it's great to know that all positions are vacant and form will be rewarded."
"We have players pushing for positions and that creates plenty of pressure that will keep all the players very honest.
"I was pleased with the standard played today, there was a period where Ballina could have run away with the game, but full credit to our boys we came back and where unlucky not to win."
In other club news the Magpies were the only Clarence Valley Club to have players trying out for the Northern Rivers first grade rep team with last year's Under-18 Player of the Year Ryan Binge and Aaron Murray, congratulations boys.
The Under-18s match was a great hit out with four 15-minute quarters being played.
For the Magpies one try apiece to Chris Barber, Daniel Galloway and Jackson Philp, Jackson also kicked three goals, the final score being Ballina 30 defeating the Magpies 18.
Coach Tony Wiseman was happy with the game, as it allowed for players to push for positions, Tony said "this trial gives me a good opportunity to find a combination, as players develop into a team structure, the boys stuck at it all game it was very pleasing."
Reserve grade also was a game of trying players in different positions as to help oach Brad Shannon to pick a team for the competition kick off.