Miriam Vale Magpies celebrates after winning the 2010 Northern District Rugby League grand final against Gin Gin at the Gary Larson Oval on Saturday night.
Miriam Vale Magpies celebrates after winning the 2010 Northern District Rugby League grand final against Gin Gin at the Gary Larson Oval on Saturday night. Submitted

Magpies toast of the town

MIRIAM Vale is celebrating back-to-back flags, after victory over rivals Gin Gin on Saturday night.

The fanatical black and white home crowd at Gary Larson Oval was in raptures as their team took the Northern District Rugby League GF in sterling fashion.

First-year coach Ryan Walker said playing in front of fanatical supporters was a big advantage.

“Once the nerves went, our boys settled into playing footy the way we’ve played all year,” Walker said.

“The boys were pretty happy with the win.”

Best players included hooker Nathan Muller who crossed for three ties and Jack Gower.

“Thornton Kerr in the front row played a great game, and Scotty Gibbs helped lay the platform for the win,” Walker said.

Leading 14-4 at half-time, the Magpies poured on the points in the second half.

“By halfway through the second half, I knew we had enough points on the board,” he said.

The Miriam Vale community got right behind the local side, and the week leading up to the game had the whole town abuzz.

The Magpies suffered only one loss during the season, and this helped focus the team, Walker said, and the Magpies never looked back.

“We had a group of young players come to the club this year, and they really took to the style of play we wanted,” Walker said.

The coach praised Gin Gin’s effort for making the grand final, after starting the season slowly, and providing the Magpies with a good clean game of footy.

Magpies President Owen Harms congratulated the coach and players on a terrific season and thanked the committee for what proved a tremendous grand final.

At last reports, the Miriam Vale lads were ‘still chargin’, and the partying had no signs of easing up.



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