The Miriam Vale Magpies knock over Avondale to get a place in the 2010 Northern Districts Rugby League grand final.
The Miriam Vale Magpies knock over Avondale to get a place in the 2010 Northern Districts Rugby League grand final. Submitted

Flying towards finals

THE Miriam Vale Magpies were flying high after their Northern Districts Rugby League major semi-final against Avondale at the weekend.

Trailing at half-time the Magpies surged to a 36-24 win over the rival club.

Miriam Vale finished the season with the minor premiership, conceding only one loss throughout the season.

The team will now look to take out the major silverware in two weeks when it faces the winner of next weekend’s preliminary final between Avondale and Gin Gin.

Magpies’ president Owen Harms was delighted to get revenge on Avondale, which last year knocked the Magpies out of the preliminary final leaving them in third position for the season.

Harms praised the efforts of two strong forwards as well as the man-of-the-match performance by Carl Griffiths (half back).

“He (Griffiths) was outstanding in both defence and attack,” Harms said.

“Coach Ryan Walker also had a terrific game as did Jessie Jackson and Glen Cox,” the president said.

Harms said player/coach, Walker, lead by example with “several strong runs” from the centres.

There was an “outstanding amount of support” from the Miriam Vale community who travelled with the team to support players on Avondale turf, Harms said.

The Magpies have a week’s rest before the home final on Gary Larsen Oval in a fortnight.

Harms expected a large support base at the grand final.

“We’re looking forward to a huge crowd and it’s going to be a massive day of entertainment and football action, live bands and amusement rides for the kids,” he said.

It will also include a licensed bar and canteen facilities.

Harms said the team would be keeping an eye on preliminary finals results.

“We look forward to the outcome of this Sunday’s game between Gin Gin and Avondale to decide our opponents,” he said.

Coach Ryan Walker also had a terrific game as did Jessie Jackson and Glen Cox



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