Junior Magpies compete in another week of junior league

The Under 13's took to Bungendore to compete in a charity match for "Huddo". Photo: Supplied.
The Under 13's took to Bungendore to compete in a charity match for "Huddo". Photo: Supplied.

UNDER 6 BLACK

Yass Magpies U6 BLACK vs West Belconnen U6 Blue

A full side strong, the Kaveney’s Earthworks U6 Black team arrived in Kippax jammed packed with energy to take on the Warriors and show them their tricks.

Ashton Curtis caught the kickoff that started the match and instantly proved he had brought his A game. He ran the ball with sheer determination notching up two tries before the first quarter buzzer had sounded. Ashton was hungry for the ball when defending and was focussed and committed to tackling for his team.

Toby Waters back from illness, was keen to make up for lost time and didn’t muck around. His first touch of the ball resulted in the first try of the game, outsmarting the opposition with a quick left foot to move across the try line. Toby embraced the slippery conditions and took on the big defenders with solid man courage.

Heath Wood and his trademark weaving run tactic is paying off more and more. He might get caught some of the time but more often than not, the play out smarts the opposition and Heath maximises the opportunity, takes advantage of a gap and drives towards the try line. Heath stopped the Warriors with some incredible strong waist tackles.

Lachlan Kesby was more super hero than small child today, his ability to take on a big hard team with a loaded barrel of fearlessness was pretty to watch. Lachy’s fast legs and quick step got him across the chalk a massive five times and his defence work was next level. Lachy hunted the opposition ball runner and launched at them with everything he had, going along for the ride until they dropped.

Pocket rocket, Zane Good was quick to put points on the board, flying up the wing after his first touch and smashing the ball down in style. Zane worked hard in defence, always quick of the mark and giving his all to help put a stop to the boys in blue. Zane has been practising the offload too, impressively passing the ball to his team when in trouble, resulting in more tries on the board.

Future star, Billy Buser was on absolute fire today, completely unstoppable. His speed and strength when running the ball was no match for the other team, driving his way through a sea of defenders numerous times in pursuit of the try line. And his defence was even better, punishing the blue boys with his pace and brute force tackles.

Cruz Dunley copped some really tough hits through the game but in true magpie spirit, kept his chin up and soldiered on. Cruz gave back as good as he got, launching himself after the Warriors with speed and grit. His hard work and bravery paid off, with an impressive corner try in the last quarter.

The crowd went wild.

Harry Donoghue found his comfort zone in the wing and drove the ball froward as hard as he could. He chipped in with loads of team tackles and nailed a touch restart. The Warriors were big strong boys but Harry was undeterred and gave everything he had when tasked with a job from his coach.

The West Belconnen team were one of the bigger and tougher sides the boys had faced but our little amazing magpies held their own and then some. The high scoring game ended with a nail biting finish, only one try in it. The boys should be super proud of their efforts, we sure are. Well done legends!

Final score: 56-60

Tries: Lachlan 5, Zane 3, Billy 2, Ashton 2, Toby 1, Cruz 1

Player of the day: Lachlan Kesby

UNDER 6 WHITE

Sunday August 5 saw the Under 6 Whites take on the Belconnen Sharks White on a beautiful morning at Melba. The young magpies showed great grit and determination in going down 28 – 44, a score line that doesn’t reflect how close the game really was.

The game was kicked off by Troy Davis and the Magpies were quick to show their impressive defence with some great individual and team tackling from Trae Douven, Logan Gray, Travis Mann and Henry Gooley.

Jackson Crisp and Reese Flynn were firing in attack, having hit up after hit up to get us out of our own end, helping the team steam roll forward. This allowed early tries to Henry Gooley and Travis Mann who weaved and side stepped their way to the try line.

Izabella Blayden, Logan Gray and Troy Davis were strong in attack, having some great second half runs helping the side into good field position for Trae Douven to weave his magic and show his great attacking ability to score a double. An individual piece of brilliance from the tap restart saw Sam Masters put on some great fends while flirting with the sideline and proving too quick for the Sharks defence to score his second try of the game.

Mark Davis had a quiet game but prove very supportive to the other players on the field and we hope Mark can show off some of his attacking brilliance this weekend at home.

All the Magpies should be so proud with how they played, particularly against a stronger, more experienced team. The team’s ability to compete week in week out is something all the kids should be proud of.

UNDER 7 BLACK

The Under 7’s has had a massive weekend of footy, after competing at the Riverina schoolboys’ carnival at Junee on Saturday before heading to Melba to take on the sharks on Sunday.

The boys continue to play well as a team with every one of them doing their bit on attack and especially in defence!

They came away with a 60-16 win with Harry “Hollywood” Waters scoring five tries, making 18 tackles and taking out the player of the day honours.

Other try scores Jaiden Ings with 3,Charlie Jamison 2, Sid Luckie 3 and Jed Newman also with 3.

UNDER 7 WHITE

The Under 7 Whites travelled to Melba on Sunday to take on Belconnen Sharks Under 7 Black. The team had an awesome game coming away with a 60-32 win. In their best game this season they worked hard to organise their runs and defend their line. Working together they pulled off some great, hard tackles . Every team member completed some amazing runs, finally learning to run the ball back in from the sideline to stay in the field of play. Tries went to Flynn, Koby with two and a hattrick to Noah. Beau finished with five. Player of the match went to Lucas which was well deserved after an amazing game with some solid tackles, hard and fast runs and coming away with four tries. We look forward to another great game this week!

UNDER 9 BLACK

The Under 9 Black played quite possible their best game all season coming away with a 54 – 4 win over the Woden Weston Rams White team. They played like the team we know they are and every player put in a great solid and consistent effort they should all be proud of.

William Hall took away player of the day running in a sneaky hat trick of tries in his signature quick dart to the side to evade the marker waiting to tackle. William also converted his attempt for goal and made some good tackles that counted. Well done Wilmy!

Also running in a hat trick was Sutherland Holliday. He opened the scoring off a sneaky offload from Neve Luckie and on his last try carried some players at least 10m with determination to get to the line. Because we scored so many tries today he got to convert two goals. He was also second in the tackle count with his consistent defence. Well done mate.

Logan Collins was equal top of the tackle count today in a great solid defensive effort and also crossed the line for two goals. Logan also converted his attempt at goal. It’s been great to have you back on board this season!

Also topping the tackle count today was superstar in the making Neve Luckie. Neve was in every tackle she could get involved in and also crossed the line for one try after setting the first one up for Suthy. And much to her dismay, we made her take her kick at goal which she nailed right over the black dot. Great effort Neve!

Jimmy Regan was consistent in both attack and defence and also sped his way over the line for a try which he converted. Great work Jimmy.

Jack Jamieson put in a solid and consistent effort in both attack and defence. Jack also converted a goal. Great work giving it all for your team.

Declan Cooke also put in a consistent effort in both attack and defence and converted a goal attempt. I overheard the opposition saying he may be little but he doesn’t hold back. Great work mate.

Liam Beeten made a couple of impressive runs down the field and was right up there in defence this week as well. Great work Liam!

Thanks to little Jeddy Glover for backing up after your game and helping us out.

UNDER 9 WHITE

The Under 9 White were unfortunately defeated this week 30 – 14. They tried hard but the Woden Weston Rams Blue side were just too strong.

Jack Ryan lead the way with his usual solid and consistent style. He crossed for two tries, kicked the only conversion for the day and topped the tackle count making twice as many tackles as any other player. Great game Jack.

Brodie Poidevin Warden had a strong game as well. He crossed the line for a try and was equal second in the tackle count. Well done Brodie.

Alex Bell was the other up there in the tackle count. Alex also had some good solid runs. Awesome effort Alex.

Angus Kelly was solid in attack and consistent in defence. Great effort Angus.

George Foran put in his usual consistent effort in both attack and defence with some great runs and tackles. Well done George.

Jed Glover’s speedy little legs just couldn’t get over the line today. It wasn’t through lack of trying though. A solid and consistent effort in attack. Great work Jeddy.

Brock Lenon had some great solid runs down the field carrying half the other team at times. Great effort to make some metres for your team Brock.

Fergus Green pulled on the dummy half bib for the first time this season and did so well. Proud of your efforts and ball control for the game and getting in there and having a great go for the team.

Thanks to Jimmy Regan and Declan Cooke for backing up today before their Black game.

UNDER 10

This week the Mighty Magpies travelled to Kaleen to take on the Bears. Ollie Hughes was the captain for what was an exciting game for Yass. The Magpies put forward a massive game in attack which showed in the 54-16 win. It is always great fun to watch this team play and to see the incredible improvements they have all made though out the season.

Tries this week went to Ryan Ings, Cody Diamond, James Martens, Lochie Houssenloge, Mitchell Blundell, 2 tries to Hugh Merriman and 3 tries to Will Mihaljevic. Conversions went to Ryan Ings,

Cody Diamond, Abbie Walls, Will Mihaljevic, James Martens, Max Buser and Mitchell Blundell.

Jesse Richards received Player of The Match after showing some impressive skills during the game

The Under 10’s have a bye this week but wish the rest of the Magpies luck in the Pink Sock Round

UNDER 13

The Under 13’s team had a bye last weekend, however the ACT Junior League asked if our team would like to play in a charity match against the North Canberra Bears down at Bungendore.

The charity match was for a young Bungendore local boy who is now playing with the North Canberra Bears. “Huddo”, which this young bloke is known by, suffers from autism, and the day was all about raising money for the Ricky Stuart Foundation.

We were only asked late on Friday afternoon if we would like to play, and unfortunately a few of our players could not make it, and neither could the coach....”missing in action”.

We have never played down at Bungendore previously, so the boys were quite excited about the new venue.

The Tigers even provided all our boys with special socks to wear for the day, and keep, which all the boys and parents thought was a great gesture,

It was a beautiful day for a 12.00pm kick off, with Timmy leading the boys out as our stand in captain.

As we only had 10 players available for the game, we had to borrow eight local Bungendore Tigers players from the Under 12’s (as they haven’t got an Under 13 team).

The Bears got away with two quick tries early in the game, however Yass then turned the game around scoring the next three.

It was a very competitive game throughout with Yass looking like we may run away with the game, however Yass become a little complacent, with the Bears scoring a quick couple of tries.

The Yass boys then switched on again scoring again and sealing the game with a 26-22 win.

All boys including our stand in players showed excellent defence, but also some great attack. It was an awesome game to watch.

Huddo from the Bears had a great game and proved he has a lot of ability, with several strong runs.

Tries went to Lochie (2), Coby, Timmy and Joe.

Goals went to Lucas, Coby and Cam.

It was an awesome day out with the boys and parents thankful for being asked to play.

All boys gathered together after the match for a great photo.

What a great opportunity it was.

Under 17 Girls

The Under 17 Girls’ Magpies were hoping to push toward a possible semi-final berth as they headed to Kambah Oval to tackle Tuggeranong Buffaloes.

The Magpies started impressively and were rewarded early with a try to Gabbie Davis and after converting her own try the Magpies led 6 – 0. The girls were full of running as they mounted plenty of pressure on the Buffaloes defence and this pressure led to a second try to Gabbie Davis and the conversion saw the magpies lead 12 – 0.

An error from the kick off saw Tuggeranong go on the attack and on the last play ran from dummy half to score wide out and with the conversion the lead was reduced to 6 – 12. The next passage of play saw both sides trying to push the advantage however it was the magpies who were next to score when Gabbie Davis swooped on a loose ball and raced 40 metres to score under the posts and after converting her own try Yass led 18 – 6. From the kick off the Buffaloes regained possession and on the last tackle put up a bomb which resulted in a try and the margin was reduced to 10 – 18

The Magpies however were not done and a backline movement saw Taylah Ladd score a good try and the girls led 22 – 10 at the break

From the resumption of play the Magpies were off to a flier and following some good work Sydney Harrison opened the scoring and Yass led 26 – 10. The girls were really playing well in both defence and attack and Sydney Harrison split the defence and made a great run only to be tackled short of the line. From the play the ball the Buffaloes defence was stretched and Tara McGrath- West scored a good try adjacent to the posts and with the conversion by Gabbie Davis the Magpies pushed their lead out to 32 – 10

Unfortunately a serious leg injury to a Buffaloes player saw the rest of the game called off with the girls running out winners 32 – 10

A great effort by all of the girls who now find themselves inside the top four.