Miriam Vale Magpies flew through the season to claim the Northern Districts Rugby League minor premiership this year. They play for a spot in the competition final tomorrow when they face Avondale.
Miriam Vale Magpies flew through the season to claim the Northern Districts Rugby League minor premiership this year. They play for a spot in the competition final tomorrow when they face Avondale. submitted

Battle lines drawn as rivals clash

THE Miriam Vale Magpies have claimed many a scalp this season as they flew through the rounds to end the 2010 Northern Districts Rugby League season as minor premiers.

The team, consisting of players from Miriam Vale, Bororen and Agnes Water districts, has only lost one competition game all year – their best result in many years.

The Magpies play arch rivals the Avondale Tigers for a spot in the final tomorrow.

Avondale stole a finals spot from the Miriam Vale team last year when they eliminated the team with a 23-17 preliminary final win.

Magpies’ president Owen Harms said the team would be looking for some “revenge” after their premature end to the 2009 season.

“We were in the same position last year, but we lost,” Harms said.

In his inaugural coaching season, player/coach Ryan Walker has proved to have the goods leading his team through the season at the top of the NDRL ladder.

“The young coach (Walker) has brought new fresh coaching ideas,” the president said.

Former Seagulls A-grade player, Nathan Muller, has had a stellar season with Miriam Vale scoring more than 20 tries in the number nine jersey.

“Nathan Muller – he’s been outstanding,” Harms said.

“He has a very good passing game and vision.”

Experienced forwards Aaron Causton, Glen Cox and Darren Brennan lead by example and young, swift backs such as Matthew Mikkleson and Sebastian Carmichael also excelled.

Tomorrow’s game will be played at Avondale at 2.45pm.

Harms expects a large contingent of supporters from Miriam Vale district to travel to Avondale for tomorrow’s game.

Gin Gin Hawks take on South Kolan in the knock out semi-final this weekend.



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