Author: Steve Reeves
This round 7 game against Glebe Burwood was played at Lidcombe Oval before a large crowd who came along to celebrate Wests Magpies Heritage during this ‘Return to Lidcombe’ day. Wests Magpies were keen to continue their good form and from all reports they trained well in preparation for this game.
The contest was only 3 minutes old when Glebe were penalised for holding on too long in the tackle. Wests Magpies forwards took the ball to the opposition’s 20 metre line and from the subsequent play, quick thinking half Josh Daley darted through a gap in the line to score under the black dot. Half Kelsey Coakes conversion gave the Magpies an early 6 points to nil lead.
The following 20 minutes saw Wests Magpies put Glebe under a lot pressure but they met the challenge through scrambling defense. The home then team received a penalty for a dangerous tackle which gave them good field position. They moved through the set before deciding to run the ball on the last. When approaching the line, five eight Keiran Wyld put in a clever kick which was knocked on by Glebe. After winning the ensuing scrum, the ball travelled across the backline before reaching the hands of wing three quarter Harrison O’Toole who dived over out wide to claim his team’s second try. Coakes made no mistake with the conversion putting his side ahead 12 points to 0.
It wasn’t long before Wests Magpies found themselves deep into Glebes territory after second row forward Josh Davis put in a barnstorming run on his way to the oppositions 20 metre line; but to their credit Glebe rallied to temporarily hold Wests Magpies out. When the last tackle was called fullback Omar Slaimankhel put up a high kick which was allowed to bounce. The chase from Wests Magpies was good and the ball was collected by Keiran Wyld, who despite receiving plenty of attention was able to get a clean ball to his halves partner Coakes. Coakes drew players to him before slipping the ball to Slaimankhel who showed a clean pair of heals on his way to the try line. Coakes was successful with his kick which saw the home team’s score line increase to 18 points to 0. The remainder of the first half saw the home team put in several strong defensive sets which stifled the opposition.
Wests Magpies got the second half under way with a kick deep into the western corner of the field. Unfortunately for Glebe the ball was knocked on which gave the home team the scrum feed fifteen metres out from Glebes line. After winning the scrum, Wests Magpies forwards carried the ball to the centre of the field. Utility Soni Luke moved into acting half, collecting the ball he darted away to score between the posts. Coakes continued his points tally when he claimed his fourth conversion of the afternoon. Wests Magpies 24 Glebe Burwood 0.
The opposition players started to lift and in the 13th minute they were awarded a try of their own after Wests Magpies were penalised twice in quick succession. With ball in hand, Glebe’s half Ben Jones ran across field before offloading to centre three quarter Paul Rokolati who scored his team’s first points. Five eight Ben Jackson added the extras. Wests Magpies 24 Glebe Burwood 6. Within minutes, Glebe was penalised and the message went out to claim the two points. Coakes didn’t disappoint when he guided the ball over the black dot. Wests Magpies 26 Glebe Burwood 6.
Glebe responded after it was their turn to receive a number of penalties in quick time. Half Ben Jones called for the ball before scooting through a gap on his way to scoring in the eastern corner. The conversion attempt from Jackson flew wide. Wests Magpies 26 Glebe Burwood 10.
In the 29th minute, the referees whistle sounded giving Wests Magpies a penalty after Glebe made an error in the play the ball. Settling things down, Coakes called for a shot at goal which put his team further ahead 28 points to 10. Within minutes Coakes was again handed the kicking tee after another infringement. The kick would see the home team move to 30 points to 10 lead.
In the dying seconds of the game Wests Magpies centre three quarter Jack Gibbons was presented with the football at his feet. He toed it through twice and when deep into Glebe’s territory he was tackled without the ball. After taking the penalty, Coakes put in a wide flat pass to O’Toole who showed good strength when he dived into the western corner for his second try of the afternoon. As the siren rang, Coakes attempted conversion drifted across the face of the goal. Wests Magpies 34 Glebe Burwood 10. The 17 players who ran onto the field for Wests Magpies today all contributed to the fine win.
Scorers for Wests Magpies: Tries each to Josh Daley, Omar Slaimankhel, Soni Luke with Harrison O’Toole claiming a double. Kelsey Coakes kicked 7 goals from 8 attempts.
Best for the Magpies: Kelsey Coakes, Omar Slaimankhel, Harrison O’Toole, Harrison Leonard, Keiran Wyld, Edward TJ Carter, Avia Minute, Josh Davis and Andrew Fiagatusa.
Scorers for Glebe: Tries to Paul Rokolati and Ben Jones. Ben Jackson kicked 1 goal from 2 attempts.
Best for Glebe: Ben Jones, Jordan Chang Sun, Matthew Jurd and Royce Tout.
Author: Rebecca Westlake
Western Suburbs Magpies have claimed the first match of the ‘Tom Raudonikis Cup’ against the Newtown Jets, winning 32-22 at the annual Return to Lidcombe Oval round, in front of a vocal and passionate crowd.
Western Suburbs Magpies dominated the opening quarter of the Round 7 clash with the hosts scoring three classy tries over the Newtown Jets, giving them a 16 point lead in just as many minutes. Newtown responded scoring two tries before half time to go into half time trailing by two points. The heritage clubs would then battle it out in the second stanza to see who would come out on top.
Jacob Liddle was the first to score, taking advantage of his unsuspecting marker and diving over from dummy half. Tyson Gamble easily converted from in front to see the Magpies in the lead after just 4 minutes.
Kane Bradley would soon follow suit with the winger claiming his first of two tries after an overlap in attack and a cut-out ball from fullback Dylan Smith sent Bradley over and extended the lead.
David Nofoaluma claimed his first try of the season after an offload from Liddle was collected by Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu and passed through the hands to the unmarked winger.
A quick play the ball and offload from James Segeyaro set the Newtown Jets up for their first try of the afternoon ending with Matt Evans getting the four-pointer. Braydon Trindall added the extras for the Jets, bringing the score to 16-6.
Newtown closed in on the Magpies lead just before half time with Evans getting his second of the afternoon, slipping through the Wests defensive line and sprinting 80 metres to score.
The Jets returned from the break determined to take the lead and did so straight off the kick off. Jackson Ferris took advantage of a Wests defensive error, finding a gap and sprinting towards the line, passing to Isaac Lumelume who ran the remaining 40 metres to score. Trindall successfully converted once again, extending the lead by 2 points.
A lack of discipline from the Jets gave Gamble a chance to kick for touch positioning the Magpies for points. Liddle took the tap and passed inside to Sam McIntyre who switched back to Liddle and ended with Kane Bradley claiming another to put his side back in front.
An error in the Magpies attack gave Newtown possession 20 metres out and the opportunity to break the two-point margin through Ferris receiving a pass from Lumelume who was lucky to stay in the field of play.
Newtown were unable hold onto the lead for long with the help of a favourable penalty awarded to the Magpies followed by a strong set to see Dylan Smith crashing over to get his team in front.
A shoulder charge from Segeyaro sent the Magpies towards the line with a repeat set giving momentum but were unlucky to not have scored through Sam McIntyre who was held up just over the line. With Newtown on the attack, the Wests defence stepped up and a Liddle, Nofoaluma combination tackled Lumelume into touch, regaining possession in the final minutes.
Determined to maintain their lead in the final minutes, Wests attacked with passion and skill, and would result in Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu scoring the final try of the game. The Captain found a gap in the Jets line and a quick left foot step found himself over to score just left of the posts. Gamble converted the final points of the game, sealing the 32-22 win over the Newtown Jets.
Western Suburbs Magpies 32 (Jacob Liddle, Kane Bradley 2, David Nofoaluma, Dylan Smith, Kauri Aupouri-Puketapu tries ; Tyson Gamble 4/6 goals) def. Newtown Jets 22 (Matt Evans 2, Isaac Lumelume, Jackson Ferris ; Braydon Trindall 3/4 goals)