Port Macquarie Magpies claim two senior titles

That winning feeling: The successful reserve grade side celebrating their big win.
That winning feeling: The successful reserve grade side celebrating their big win.

THE Port Macquarie Magpies snared two titles on the weekend.

In what can only be called a completely dominant display, the Magpies, under 18s and reserve grade teams demolished their opposition to be crowned the 2014 AFL North Coast premiers.

It all started with the under 18s who remain undefeated after two years of competition.

In the end, their final was nothing short of embarrassing for their rivals, Sawtell. The Magpies won 107-9. The younger Pies set the scene for the day and when reserve grade made their way to the field, the outcome wasn’t much different.

They went on to win 41-9, also against Sawtell.

Coach of the under 18s team, Craig Carroll, said his junior players defied the conditions they were playing in.

“In the pouring rain and sloppy conditions they probably shouldn’t have won by as much as they did,” he said.

“But it just didn’t seem to affect them.

“They just kept going all game and didn’t let up. “The more in front they got they wanted to be even further in front.

“I’ve never seen anything like it.”

He said the goals were an even spread amongst the side with the highest goal scorer only claiming a handful.

“It was really unselfish, you could just tell they were really playing for each other.”

While he said there was no outstanding player he admitted he had a champion team on his hands.

“Individually, I have coached a lot of kids that have been better, but, as a whole, as a team, they all know their role and they’re all really switched on.

“It goes back to the old saying, a champion team will beat a team of champions.”

Captain, Isaac Brambly won the Nathan Harris award for best on ground.

In reserve grade Carroll said it was a day for the boys in blue.

During the week, Michael Gentle, Al Rider, Lincoln Hudson and Andrew West are police officers but Carroll said they were reserve grades best on the day with Gentle taking best on ground. 

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