Pettit sends clear message to Magpies boys
THE LOWER Clarence Magpies first grade rugby league team will be looking to redeem itself at home against the Evans Head Bombers tomorrow.
During the week, Magpies coach Nathan Pettit reluctantly took to social media, warning players they faced de-registration if they did not attend training on Tuesday.
Pettit said the abysmal turnout of players against Marist Brothers last week, when the Magpies were hammered 60-nil, forced his hand.
"It's not something I like doing, using something where everyone can see what I'm saying, but it seems to be the way of the world now" Pettit said.
"It seems to have done the trick," he said. "On Tuesday we had 30 senior players there and (Thursday) we had enough to run opposed ball work sessions."
The Magpies will welcome back ball playing utility Grant Brown, who has injured ribs.
Pettit said Brown was one of the players who accidentally added to the team's woes last week.
"I gave Grant every chance to play last week and he contacted me on game day to say he wasn't quite right," Pettit said.
"But he's right this week, along with a couple of other senior players who weren't available last week."
The coach said tomorrow's opponent was in a similar position to them.
"I think they've won three or maybe four games so far this season," he said. "Last year they were in a similar position to us, looking to improve.
"That's what they aimed to do and we did too. This weekend will see if we have improved or gone backwards."
Pettit is excited to see his team playing in the Magpies heritage jersey tomorrow.
"It's a lovely jumper; the club's done really well with it," he said. "Hopefully, a lot of the old Magpies will be here for the game and the players turn on a show worthy of it."
The day will also coincide with the club's CRANES Family Day and there will be a number of activities on the day for all children, including jumping castles.