Mothers? Day roast: Turkey on the menu
By TONY WHITE
IT was a Mothers Day massacre led by the Magpies birthday boys.
Lower Clarence half-back Jason Wilkinson and centre Darren Blacket starred in the Magpies 60-12 roasting of the Kyogle Turkeys at Maclean Showground yesterday.
'China' Wilkinson scored two tries and kicked eight conversions for a personal tally of 24 points. He celebrated his 32nd birthday last Sunday.
Blackett, who turned 27 yesterday, scored three tries and was instrumental in several other's in the 11-try romp. He was also named the players' player.
And centre partner Adam Elliott notched a double the day after celebrating his 20th birthday on Saturday.
It was a comprehensive win and the Magpies are on a winning roll after a slow start to the season.
New recruits Wilkinson and former Coffs Harbour five-eighth Gavin Galvin were the lynchpins of the win.
The pair are the cornerstone of the Magpies attack with deft service to the backs and forwards.
Wilkinson, who played seven seasons with the Southport Tigers before switching to the Magpies in 2005, has proven a tremendous asset for his new club.
"I'm loving it here (Lower Clarence)," Wilkinson said. "The new club is great, they're a good bunch of boys and we're starting to really hit our straps."
Wilkinson blamed injuries and lack of cohesion for the Magpies early season defeats.
"After injuries just about everyone's back on board now and we've got two more first graders available next week," he said. "We're starting to find our feet now and the team has clicked.
"We're really looking forward to playing the Seagulls in a couple of weeks. They are a very strong club with a lot of depth but in saying that I think we are just as strong.
"That game will be a good measure for us."
Three wins on the trot have the Magpie machine purring but captain coach Jason Hebbard said the club wasn't getting carried away with the wins.
"Injuries were holding us back early but we're on an upward climb," he said. "I was rapt with the way the boys played today but it's one game at a time.
"Our talk in defence has stepped up a notch. The attack is there but our defence has been one of the keys. That's what we're trying to concentrate on."
While Wilkinson, Blackett and Galvin stood out, every Magpie player stepped up to the mark. The basics were all there good go forward by the forwards, punishing defence, quick passing, strong second phase play and scything runs by the backs.