Magpies dish up football lesson
MIRIAM Vale Magpies may have been drunk on victory against Gin Gin on Saturday night, thanks to a 54-6 win at home, but they couldn’t grab clear top spot on the Northern Districts Rugby League ladder from Avondale.
Magpies coach Ryan Walker predicted a comfortable win prior to the match, but no one would’ve tipped such a blowout.
On a cold blustery night at Gary Larson oval, the heat was confined to the second half on the field, when the Magpies swooped on a wilting Gin Gin.
Sitting 12-nil at the main break, the home team had played safe footy before turning up the heat on Gin Gin.
"We played it pretty tight and there was nothing real fancy," he said.
"We started swinging it out wide a bit more in the second half and ended up running right over the top of them as they fell off the pace," Walker said.
Magpies full back Dan Lee was named player of the match and snared the NDRL player of the round for his superb effort.
Walker said Lee, in his first year at the Magpies after relocating from Emerald, had brought a lot of strong qualities to the side and was instrumental on the field.
"He’s a good talker and experienced, he’s been a real good find for us," the coach said.
Magpies forward Aaron Causton was solid as ever, and James Sykes in the centres was also dominant.
In the opening match, Avondale defeated South Kolan.