Cameron-Clarke leads his troops to first win in 2016
RUGBY LEAGUE: After what was a tough and drawn out pre-season, the Lower Clarence Magpies Under 18s prospects have registered their first victory of the 2016 NRRRL season in what is a sign of a bright future for the club.
Playing under the auspices of the Tweed Coast Raiders club this season, the Magpies juniors were well supported in their efforts against the Evans Heads Bombers side.
It was a tough slog for the Lower boys with only 13 players taking the field, but a challenge they relished in according to coach Darrin Heron.
"The boys are just ecstatic after winning, they are just over the moon," Heron said.
"It is their first win of the year and they did it with only 13 players. No one complained about the lack of numbers or no interchange, they just wanted to play football."
The Magpies were on the wrong side of the scoreboard heading in to the half-time break but Heron said he never lost faith.
"I have got plenty of confidence in the boys and they have plenty in themselves," he said.
"I said to them at half time they just needed to keep it simple, get the little things right and it would follow through.
"And then in the second half our boys just ran away with it.
"It was a real good defensive effort from the Lower boys, (Evans Head) barely made it into our territory in the second half."
Magpies captain Jacob Cameron-Clarke was a standout performer along with lock Shane Dennis, Liam Foster and fullback Daine Laurie, who scored a runaway 60m solo effort in the second half.
"These boys are just growing legs, they are going to be hard to stop," Heron said.
"They enjoyed getting the win, they just want to play football."
Heron applauded host club Tweed Coast Raiders after both senior grades clapped the Magpies onto the field before their clash.
"They are a good club to be a part of," Heron said. "My two eldest boys played for them."