Written by: Rebecca Westlake
The Western Suburbs Magpies claimed their fourth victory of the season against the Warriors last Saturday at Campbelltown with an almost unchanged team.
Backing up after their 44-4 win over Wentworthville last weekend, the Magpies weren’t short of confidence, and proved exactly that in their win against the visitors from across the ditch.
Back-rower Luke Garner opened up the scoring for the home side when he was on the receiving end of a short ball from Josh Drinkwater who later added the extras in his first successful conversion of the afternoon.
Josh Drinkwater scored himself his first try of the afternoon off the back of a penalty, sending his team ahead by 12 points after another successful conversion.
Receiving a nice offload from winger David Nofoaluma who caught a very awkward yet fortunate bounce, Lucas Price scored the side’s third try of the afternoon.
Drinkwater converted a 49 metre field goal in the last seconds of the first half, giving the Magpies a 20 point lead at the break.
With equal possession in the first half, but a score board that said otherwise, the Magpies entered the second half full of confidence and a bit of comfort.
A perfectly positioned kick just right of the posts from Drinkwater, landed in the hands of Tyson Gamble who ran around to score just under the posts. Drinkwater pushed the ball over the posts from right in front, advancing his team to 26-0.
With 3 minutes remaining, a long ball from Drinkwater saw Mahe Fonua get his only try of the afternoon to seal the deal and make it 32-0 at the full time siren.
Western Suburbs Magpies 32 ( Luke Garner, Josh Drinkwater, Lucas Price, Tyson Gamble, Mahe Fonua; Josh Drinkwater 6/6 goals) def. Warriors 0
Written by: Steve Reeves
The only change to Wests Magpies line up for today’s Round 1 clash with Asquith was the inclusion of utility Tom Morrison who had recently finished his commitments with our SG Ball team. A good crowd was in attendance with the Magpie fans gathered in numbers on the hill.
The game got off to a furious start with both sides testing out the opposition defences. In the 6th minute, after receiving a penalty, Wests Magpies hooker Luke Williams took a quick tap and advanced the ball downfield. After a speedy play the ball lock forward James Mirceski pushed forward before the ball spread across the backline to fullback Kelsey Coakes who dived over in the eastern corner. The conversion attempt from half and captain Brendan Waters shaved the upright. Wests Magpies 4 Asquith 0.
Not to be outdone, Asquith pressured Wests Magpies line for three consecutive sets. The defence held firm with the boys holding up opposition players over the try line on two occasions. When Asquith reached their last tackle, they took the option to kick wide. Asquith wing three quarter Amanaki Veamatahau read the play well before placing the ball over the line in the western corner. Matt Place failed to convert the try. In the 13th minute the scores were locked up at 4 points all.
Within minutes Asquith were in again. After making good yards towards Wests Magpies 20 metre line, the ball moved quickly through the halves to Amanaki Veamatahau who crossed for his second try of the afternoon. With an unsuccessful conversion attempt, Asquith hit the lead 8 points to 4.
From the restart, Wests Magpies hooker Luke Williams put in a strong tackle which jarred the ball from the grasp of an Asquith player. Wests Magpies forwards advanced the ball to the 10 metre line before Williams attempted to score from dummy half. After crossing the try line adjacent to the upright, he lost control of the ball.
In the 28th minute five eight Tom Morrison hit the ball up through the middle of the ruck. He attempted to play the ball quickly but was held down, resulting in a penalty. The kick gave the Wests Magpies good field position and after a couple of settling runs, half Brendan Waters kicked the high ball to the Western corner which was taken on the fly by wing three quarter Peter Pakoti who crossed for a great try. Waters conversion from the sideline put Wests Magpies in front 10 points to 8.
In the dying seconds of the first half, Tom Morrison found himself in the thick of the action again. This time he held up a pass before slipping the ball to second row forward David Minute who split the defence open. He looked certain to score but chose to offload the ball to centre three quarter Josh Davis who crossed the try line, despite receiving attention from two defenders. From a difficult angle, Waters converted the try to give his team a 16 points to 8 lead as they headed for a well-earned half time break.
The 2nd half was only a few minutes old when Asquith received a relieving penalty. Their half and captain Matt Place switched the point of attack which caught Wests Magpies short on the blind side. This provided space for their other wing three quarter Asher Veamatahau to run to the line unchecked. The conversion attempt was again unsuccessful allowing Wests Magpies to maintain their lead 16 points to 12.
Wests Magpies hit back quickly and in the 9th minute Waters threw a cut out pass to Peter Pakoti who raced 40 metres down field before stepping inside the Asquith fullback to score great individual try. Waters conversion increased Wests Magpies lead 22 points to 12.
In a 14 minute period Asquith scored two unanswered converted tries to put them in front 24 points to 22. Hooker Jake Attard claimed the first after Wests Magpies were penalised on their 10 metre line. A quick thinking Attard took a quick tap, catching the defence short. Their 2nd came after Braeden Batiste cut through the centre of the ruck before putting in a grubber kick which was collected by Amanaki Veamatahau who picked up his hat trick.
In the closing minutes of the game, Luke Williams ran from dummy half only to have the ball stripped. The referee awarded the penalty in front of the sticks giving Waters his easiest conversion of the afternoon. The score board now read 24 points all. Right on fulltime Waters attempted to slot over a field goal, bit it faded to the right of the upright.
Western Suburbs Magpies 24 (Peter Pakoti, Kelsey Coakes, Josh Davis tries; Brendan Waters 4/5 goals) Asquith Magpies 24 (Amanaki Veamatahau, Asher Veamatahu, Jake Attard tries; Matt Place, Kurt Horton)