Finals Dreams Kept Alive

Updated: August 1, 2013
Div 5 Round 14


It was a must win, do or die encounter for the Blacktown Magic Division 5 side this weekend against Southern Power at Blacktown International Sports Park if they wanted to keep their finals dream alive for 2013.


On the back of a powerful performance against Sydney Uni, the Magic knew what this game meant and the importance of starting off on the right foot. From the first bounce, ruckman Tim Baracz set the tone for the match and was unstoppable winning the majority of the taps all day. This dominating performance allowed rovers Greg Driscoll, Daniel McIntyre, Steven Ruaporo and Dean Barber to apply the pressure and provide the service to their forward line. The first goal of the match went the Magic’s way with some great work from the middle resulting in a mark 30 metres out in front to Darren ‘Pumper’ Edmondson, who calmly slotted it home. It was the start to which the Magic were wanting and this continued for the remainder of the quarter leading into the break 4.3 (27) – 2.2 (14).

The second quarter followed much the same of the first with the Magic out scoring and out playing the Power all over the park. Some fantastic forward line play from Ben Gray, Matt Keevil-Scott and Jared Clifford provided support for the goals to flow for the Magic via the boot of Pumper and Luke Penrith. Defence was the star of this quarter with the backline of the Magic supressing nearly everything the Power threw at them. The last line combination of Iain Freeman, Joel Watson and Craig Reynolds were exemplary and punched with authority. Special mention must go to Jimmy Shepherd who tagged a player all game who physically should have dominated but a best on ground performance saw Shepherd dictate who was going to the influence the game on the day.

The beginning of the third quarter saw a tug of war affair present itself with neither team able to claim the successor in this term of footy. Scott Stocker was a stand out in this quarter providing confidence and composure with his attack on the ball from the half back line. Southern Power really put the Magic to the test and were physical in their approach trying to out muscle their opponents for control of the possession. The defensive efforts by Ruaporo and Driscoll ensured that the contests in the middle of the park were even and ruck work by Baracz and Clifford kept the Power at arm’s length on the scoreboard.

At the start of the last quarter it was the Power who believed they could take the match and started the stronger of the two sides kicking the first goal of the last term. But that’s where it stopped as the Magic put their foot to the floor and never looked back. The longer the game went the more confidence the Magic had and they outscored the Power eight scoring shots to two. It was great to see the return of Luke Penrith back on the park after the birth of his third child and it looked as though hadn’t missed a week. The combination of LP and Pumper paid dividends up front kicking ten goals between the two of them, proving to be the pivotal move by the Magic coaches. The final score of the match saw the Magic get up against Southern Power 14.12 (96) – 8.3 (51).

It was a sight to see the team song being belted out by a team who have hit their form right when its needed. Back to back wins have come at the right time for the Div 5 side and with only two matches to go, if they can win both matches and the results this weekend go their way, then their dream of finals will become a reality.


Best of luck goes to the players of the Div 5 side as they make history this year for the Magic.


Div 5 Match Report Round 13

Goal Kickers

Goal Kickers:  L. Penrith 5, D. Edmondson 5, B. Gray , J. Miller , D. Barber , M. Keevil-Scott

Best on Ground

Best Players: J. Shepherd, D. Mcintyer, S. Stocker, T. Baracz, S. Ruaporo, G. Driscoll

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