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Minor league wrap up

Under 6s

The Magpies were down a few players on Saturday for their game against Inverell so the Hawks gave them two players. Braxton Ferris and Hayden Dawson were the main try scorers for the game, with Katelyn Majstorovic assisting with one try too. Great sportsmanship was seen in the game where the opportunity was created by both teams to allow a new to rugby league Hawks player score their first ever try. The Magpies won 76-44. Referee points went to Braxton Ferris and Hayden Dawson.

Under 8s

The Magpie went down to Inverell Maroons by one try for the second week in-a-row, losing 40-36. In a match that went try-for-try the whole way through the Magpies finished on the wrong side of the whistle. It was an entertaining and competitive game for u8s who are developing a good rivalry against this team but will need to improve their defence to get a different result. Try scorers for the Magpies were Horatio Eastwood (4), Max Eastwood (3), Blake Obrien (2), Kyle Berg (1). Referee points went to Kyle Berg. The second game against the Inverell White team was a different level of intensity with the Magpies running out winners 64-8. Try scoring was shared among the team with Liam Wilkins first try of the season a real highlight along with his commitment in defence. Try scorers were: Blake O'Brien (3), Max Eastwood (3), Horatio Eastwood (2), Kyle Berg (2), Sam Barratt (1), Huntar O'Brien (1), Liam Wilkins (1), Darcy Husband (1). Referee points went to Max Eastwood and Horatio Eastwood.

Under 10s

The Magpies had a strong defensive game in their win over Inverell 18-0. Magpies coaches were very impressed with the tackling techniques displayed during the game by Hunta Ferris, Lloyd Newbury and Rocco Eastwood. They went in hard in with their shoulders and low to bring the attack down quick. A highlight of the game was when the strong Magpies defence held up a try at the end of the second quarter where the Hawks were desperately trying to go to half time with something on the scoreboard. Tries were scored by Patrick Wright, Aden McBain and Rocco Eastwood. Conversions by Riley Dawson, Patrick Wright and Rocco Eastwood. Referee points went to Patrick Wright and Lloyd Newbury.

Under 12s

The Magpies and the Inverell Hawks both stepped it up a notch for their game on Saturday at Kamilaroi Oval in Inverell. Coach Shane Cupitt reported it was a fantastic team effort that gave them the win 12-4. Inverell hit the ball up solidly throughout the game and the boys showed great resilience in their defensive efforts. They were put under pressure multiple times on their goal line but conceded only one try. Glen Innes tries were scored by Riley Grob and James Matthewson and conversions made by Will Wright and Riley Grob. Referee points went to Will Wright and Riley Grob.

Under 14s

The Magpies team were short a full team of 13 to play the Inverell Hawks on Saturday. Inverell agreed to play 11 a side which meant that the Magpies played with no substitutes for the whole game. A benefit of the shortened player numbers meant the team positions remained the same, allowing combinations to develop and backline movements, previously unseen, to appear. The corresponding ball movement resulted in breaks out wide and an entertaining spectacle. Kolby Martin was once again a standout in attack and Logan Biddle was punishing in defence. Coach Adrian Bruce had a big grin on his face reporting the boys stepped up, did what they had to do, and won 24-8. Try scorers were Kolby Martin (4), Logan Biddle(1), Howie Eastwood(1). Referee points went to Kolby Martin and Logan Biddle.

Under 16s

The Magpies were determined to record their first win against Inverell for the season and did so convincingly 42-20. Glen flew out of the blocks to assert their dominance in the forwards and then spread the ball side-to-side to race to a 26-4 half-time lead. The Magpies continued in the same vein after the break and it was only two late tries by Inverell in the final quarter made the game look closer than it was. Coach Sarda McClelland commented that "the backline moves clicked and it was great team work across the park". A game highlight came from Jack Grob with a bone-rattling, crunching tackle on an Inverell forward that was heard and felt from the sideline. Billy Youman continued his outstanding season to complement a fantastic team effort from all players. Try Scorers: Will Apthorope (2), Jack Grob (2), Jacob Whitehall (2), Lucas Tait (1), Kaleb Hope(1), conversion by Kaleb Hope (5). Referee points went to Billy Youman and Jacob Whitehall.

Junior league tag

The Magpies team defended really well against Inverell. However, Inverell were too strong, and the Magpies lost 28-14. Continuing from last week's scorecard Paige Floyd scored again, along with Aila McBain and Brooklyn Elliott. The other pleasing part of the game for the coach Kim Biddle was Emily Poulton successfully converted a try. They look forward to playing Inverell again this weekend at home for the last game of the season. Referee points went to Emily Poulton.

Intermediate league tag

The Magpies lost to Inverell Hawks 22-6. The try was made by Sophie Watt and it was successfully converted by Chloe Klingner. Referee points went to Sophie Watt.

Senior league tag

The Magpies were missing a few senior players on the weekend and went down 32-0. Although beaten convincingly on the scoreboard there was a lot to like about the Magpies performance. The first quarter defence was very good going toe-to-toe with Inverell to be only down one try. There was also some enterprising ball movement and passing combinations at times during the game as the teamwork and combinations got better with each quarter. Isabelle Wright went well with her first game taking over the kicking duties. Haley Lynn increased her involvement along with Sophie Butterworth. Maisie Eastwood had as many tags in the first half of the game as would normally be done in the whole game. All players increased their efforts and the communication between everyone was positive. Despite the adversity the team played well and it was enjoyable to watch the girls continue to try hard and improve. Referee points went to Charli Elliott who ran hard and increased her involvement in the game in a great performance.