Roosters continue to crow at top of Group 2 table

Action from the first round clash between the Magpies and Roosters at Bellingen Park.The scene was set for the Magpies to take on the high flying Nambucca Roosters and to get the much needed points the Bellingen/Dorrigo Magpies desperately need to keep their finals hopes alive. The script was not completed as the Magpies were beaten but not without giving the Roosters a hard game that was played intensely for the full 80 minutes. The Roosters were first to get on the board, scoring an early try which had the Magpies on the back foot from the get go. Coach Brandon Costin must have given the players a good revving up behind the try line as the Magpies scored the next three tries to lead 14 – 6 but were not kicking goals to capitalise on the lead. The game went from end to end and the Roosters scored the next two tries to go to the break leading 18 – 14 and all the work to do for the Magpies.

With the second half underway the Magpies were next to score out wide and it was again game on with the score at 18 – 18 and the Magpies throwing everything at the Roosters. This did not stop the Roosters from scoring again with some fancy football and taking the lead back 22 – 18 but this did not stop the Magpies as they were trying everything to stay with the competition leaders and scored again out wide to take the score to 22 – 22 and another missed conversion. With both teams giving their all and needing the 2 points to get the momentum going into the finals you could sense the next try scorer would win this tough encounter. The Roosters made some costly errors that gave the advantage to the Magpies but they could not convert the errors into points and the Roosters were playing 2nd phase football and making breaks to have the Magpies on the back foot. With the constant pressure building the Roosters scored a try and the Magpies had the feeling that this could be another game that got away. The Nambucca Roosters scored another try just before the end of the game to make the final score line at 34 – 22.

Best players for the Magpies were Jerry “Master” Key who again was outstanding with the ball and made numerous breaks and was difficult to put down. John Love – Henry (Henry really loves John) played strong and was in everything with the ball and defence. Callan “Kung Fu Panda” Tapine had some great runs and showed glimpse of his barnstorming runs that we know him to do. Stuart “ Cowboy” Kelly showed glimpse of why he played State of Origin in his NRL heyday. Corey Sinclair was aging everywhere and continues to show how courageous he is.

Next week the Magpies are playing for their season against the Port Macquarie Sharks who are on the same points 16 and both needing to win to make the top 5. With the Magpies having a bye in the last round this game is a must win game and the Sharks will be looking to come to the Graveyard to stop the Magpies charge towards the semis. We need as many supporters as we can to get to the Graveyard on Sunday to cheer loudly and lift the players for a much needed win.

In Reserve Grade the persistency has paid off with the Magpies winning 36 -22 much to the delight of all the players who have stuck by each other and improving every week. The Magpies started slowly and were behind 18 – 12 at the break but came out in the second half and really put on a performance that we all knew they were capable of. With this young side showing everyone what they are capable of, the future looks great for the Magpies in coming years if the players stick around. It is great to see so many Dorrigo players come down the mountain to play their footy and if we can have all the players at training earlier next year we could have a very successful club. With the experience gained from this year and knowing what they need to improve on in the off season these players could make the step up to 1st grade next year and be regular players in the squad.

Best players for the Magpies were none other the Ian “One More Year” Boutell – 3 Points who started the game in his old favourite position of wing with instructions to keep the spectators off the sideline until he was moved into the pack where he lead from the front and played outstanding. Paul “ Big Dog” Sheather – 2 points was back from his Newcastle jaunt and delivered a great pass for his Trout Farming mate to score in the 2nd half. Big Dog came back in great shape from Newcastle and someone mentioned in the crowd that the big fella must be looking for his contact lense as he was seen crouched over with his hands on his shorts looking at the ground on numerous occasions. Tamati “Einstein” Smith – 1 point was a welcome addition to the reserve grade side and proved a handful in attack and pulled off some great tackles that rattled some Roosters players. With these three players gaining the points it must be said that every player contributed to this great win and they should all be proud of how they played.

It was emotional in the sheds after the game as Big Dog and Izzy were very emotional and embracing each other with tears streaming down their faces. All the players sat back and watched these two grown men have a great man hug and apologising to each other and promising to never let anything get between them again. I tried to catch up with them for a word after the game but they said they just want to have a beer and catch up and were seen leaving the ground arm in arm. Great stuff fella’s we all knew you would work it out.

Old Boys Touch Game: This Sunday being the last home game of the season, the club is asking all past players to come to the game to take part in an Old Boys Touch game between reserve grade and 1st Grade games. It will be great to see all the ex-players run around and hopefully restart the Old Boys Club for season 2013. If you are interested in playing can you be at the ground 1.00pm to give us an indication of how many players we will have for the afternoon.

This weekend the Magpies take on the Port Macquarie Sharks with Reserve Grade kicking off at 1.00pm and 1st grade kicking off at 2.45pm. Again the players and committee are asking all the local supporters to get the Graveyard this weekend to help the Magpies make the top 5 with a win over the Sharks. This is our final chance to make it so your support is invaluable especially in games like this. See you all Sunday. “Go You Magpies 2012”

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