The Lower Clarence Magpies v Casino RSM Cougars at Maclean Showground. Pictured for the Magpies is Ryan Binge (centre).
The Lower Clarence Magpies v Casino RSM Cougars at Maclean Showground. Pictured for the Magpies is Ryan Binge (centre).

OPINION: Magpies welcome Binge back to the nest

THIS Sunday at 4pm the Lower Clarence Magpies Rugby League Club will hold its annual general meeting.

A good turn up will set the scene for a more successful 2017 season. The club is already buoyed by the news that club favourite Ryan Binge is returning to the black and whites for next season.

It was only last month he and Hughie Stanley were the two best players on the paddock in Grafton for the Group 2 grand final. What a coup it would be to get both those players back in their 'home' town.

Ryan Binge with the ball during the Group 2 grand final between the South Grafton Rebels and the Grafton Ghosts at McKittrick Park South Grafton on Sunday, 11th September, 2016.
Ryan Binge with the ball during the Group 2 grand final between the South Grafton Rebels and the Grafton Ghosts at McKittrick Park South Grafton on Sunday, 11th September, 2016. Debrah Novak

We already have two of the best administrators, so no need to fear you will get a job you don't want.

Our president Darrin Heron and secretary Belinda Martyn came away from the NRRRL awards night in September with two gongs and no one steps down from that accolade.

Although nothing final has been decided it looks like games next year will be at Yamba and negotiations are still happening on that scene to upgrade facilities.

A year without rugby league on the Lower Clarence has whetted the appetite for past supporters.

Many turned their allegiance to the Iluka Cossacks (rugby union) who benefited from having so much Magpie blood in their team that they went on to win the Far North Coast Rugby Union President's Cup premiership. With so many junior sides coming through we owe it to them to have a senior side they can aspire to join.

So too the very successful under-18 squad from this year don't want to play for anyone else, so every effort should be made to give them some experienced players like Ryan and Hughie to play with.

On Friday night there will be the club presentation night. As well as the under-18s. I dare say some special club awards will be made as there has been a lot of work still being done behind the scenes to keep the club afloat. Raffles start at 6pm, meals from 7pm and awards after that.

Most importantly, though, show your support for your club by attending the AGM on Sunday at the bowls club.

MAGPIES NOMINATED FOR CLARENCE VALLEY SPORTS AWARDS

The Lower Clarence Magpies Under-18s (Team of the Year), Clarence Coast Magpies Junior Rugby League, Mishika Randall (Coach of the Year) and former Lower Clarence coach Tony Wiseman (Coach of the Year for Iluka Cossacks) have all been shortlisted for the Clarence Valley Sports Awards.

This year's awards presented by The Daily Examiner and Grafton Shoppingworld will be held at Grafton District Services Club on Saturday, November 12 starting at 6pm.

Tickets to the awards dinner ($30 adult, $15 child under 12) must be purchased before 5pm next Friday (November 4). To secure your spot tickets are available from Kanes Sport in Yamba and Maclean, the host venue GDSC or Sportspower in Prince St, Grafton.

Hurry - there's still time to vote for the People's Choice Award to be presented on the night.



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