CHARGE: Magpie Alex Robinson (left) and Ryan Binge during the NRRRL match between the Magpies and Northern United Dirawongs at Maclean Showground on Sunday. Photo: Debrah Novak
CHARGE: Magpie Alex Robinson (left) and Ryan Binge during the NRRRL match between the Magpies and Northern United Dirawongs at Maclean Showground on Sunday. Photo: Debrah Novak

Slapped with the wooden spoon

TRY as they might, the Lower Clarence Magpies could not avoid retaining the NRRRL wooden spoon in 2015.

Undermanned and injury-laden, the first grade side went down to the Northern United Dirawongs 56-22 at home on Sunday.

Coach Nathan Pettit said while the boys were "really good in patches" they couldn't quite hold out the Lismore side.

"We were down three players due to injury from the week before and then lost a few on the day, so we had 14 men the whole game," Pettit said.

"And that's with four or five reserve players stepping up to play first grade the past few weeks.

"We had a young kid in halfback, Jacob Cameron-Clarke, who played well and our captain Ryan Binge who was our key player and scored a good try off the halfback, but Northern were the better team on the day," Pettit said.

He said the disappointing finish to 2015 came as he considered his future with the club.

"I haven't made a decision whether I will be here next year, but this club will go forward," he said.

"We need to actively seek more players, and right now the committee is going through those nuts and bolts of where the club is going - but it will survive."

The final ladder received a shake-up this week with Evans Head Bombers dropping two places to third and newcomers Cudgen Hornets slipping into the top five at the expense of Casino.

The Magpies reserves side took out a 36-24 win to finish the season eighth.



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