COME BACK HERE: Lower Clarence Magpie DJ Eamons latches onto an Evans Head during the NRRRL match at Maclean Showground on Sunday.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
COME BACK HERE: Lower Clarence Magpie DJ Eamons latches onto an Evans Head during the NRRRL match at Maclean Showground on Sunday.PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Worrying signs for Magpies ahead of short turnaround

THINGS are deteriorating for Lower Clarence Magpies in the NRRRL First Grade competition.

The heavy 46-6 defeat to Evans Head Bombers a Maclean Showground on Sunday was symptomatic of a lack of motivation and commitment to training.

"Weren't on our game. Our completion rate was terrible and there was a lot of dropped ball," captain Ryan Binge said.

"We've got enough players there to be competitive, it's just hard to get motivated for some reason. Everything that's happened has been pretty hard on everyone.

"Training's been our big thing. Not many numbers at training."

This week the Magpies have a short turn around before heading up the Pacific Hwy for the catch-up match against Ballina Seagulls. Binge and his coach, Nathan Pettit, have a tough task to lift their team-mates in time, their cause not helped by five-eighth Grant Brown aggravating a rib injury.

On a brighter note the Under-18 and Reserve Grade sides both won comfortably on Sunday.

It was the first win of the season for Reserve Grade and just reward on the back of a series of competitive performances.

Meanwhile, the Under-18s finally realised their full potential having previously drawn one match and lost five all by 10 points or less so far this season.

"The Under-18s are doing really good," Binge said.

"In First Grade we shouldn't have to rely on the under-18s to fill in, but Jacob Essex started the wing in first grade and did really well. Jacob Cameron-Clarke was strong off the bench as well."



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