Magic Set To Play On The Big Stage

Updated: August 20, 2013


The stage has been set and you couldn’t ask for a bigger platform to play finals footy on than at the home of the GWS Giants, Skoda Stadium. This is the reward that has presented itself to the Division Five side in their second match of the finals campaign, Semi Final 2, against UTS Bats on Sunday 25th August at 11:45am. It will also be the curtain raiser for the GWS Giants vs Richmond Tiger AFL match.

This week we saw the Division 5 team travel to Henson Park for their first ever finals appearance in their first season in Sydney AFL. It would be a hard fought battle for the Magic in the Elimination Final against Sydney University one which could have gone either way depending on which team was to dominate on the day. Sydney University had selected a different looking side, due to a much larger playing roster and Blacktown Magic had six changes from the previous week due to various unavailabilities however they were coming off five straight wins leading into the finals with 2 of those against Uni, so this was shaping up to be a close contested game. There were many heart stopping moments throughout the game none more so than in final twenty minutes of play, a vast difference from the previous week’s encounter which was a one sided affair in the Magic’s favour.

Both teams started off slowly with Darren Edmonson kicking the first goal of the game to give us the lead. At the end of quarter time it was the Magic who was slightly ahead 3.1 (19) – 1.2 (8).

The Magic were able to keep a small lead going to into the mid game break with the help of their back line with Mike O’Grady and Aaron Hill setting up the wall across the middle of the ground.Joel Williamson did a great job holding the goal square while at the same time being able to rebound the ball from the back line to our advantage. By half time the scores were extremely close with Uni dominating the second passage on scoring shots but the Magic still ahead on the scoreboard 3.3 (21) – 2.5 (17).

Through out the first 3 quarters both teams were kicking goal for goal, behind for behind and by three quarter time it was once again a low scoring affair with neither side able to make an impression on the match or dictate on the scoreboard. The Magic maintained their slight lead going into the last quarter 4.4 (28) – 3.8 (26).

Coming into the final quarter with the game still up for grabs, it was up to either team to take the game and run with it. For the first 10 minutes it was close with both teams unable to gain the advantage and put themselves into the next week of finals. Not until Mbimbi Mbimbi slotted 2 quick goals in the space of a few minutes were the Magic able to put Sydney Uni behind them. With these 2 goals, the Magic were able to gain the upper hand to increase their lead over the opposition and close the match out for the third straight win over Sydney Uni. It was the quarter which counted the most and only one side made their mark and thankfully it was the Magic. It seemed as though it took the Magic players three quarters to get going and show the form which they dominated Uni so convincingly last week. The end result was favourable to Magic 7.8 (50) – 3.10 (28).

A fantastic effort by the Magic, as they had six changes to their playing roster due to unavailabilities and injuries from last week, showing the depth of skill and camaraderie that these players have together as a playing unit. The next challenge see the Magic against UTS Bats, who lost to Randwick City Saints in the Qualifying Final. The last time these two teams met, the Magic had the Bats on the ropes for a majority of the match, only for some questionable decisions having an impact on the outcome of the result. That being said, the Magic are now the in form side of the competition and will most definitely be confident heading into the weekend especially with the bolstering of the squad from players returning this week.

All supporters please get down to Skoda Stadium this Sunday 25th August 11:45am and support the Magicians as they continue to create history in this must win match agasint UTS Bats.


Good luck lads and remember – you have got the Magic to Win!


Div 5 Final v Syd

All smiles from the victorious Division 5 side after the Elimination Final win against Sydney Univeristy

Goal Kickers

D.Edmondson 2, M. Mbimbi 2, B. Gray, J. Miller , A. Robertson

Best on Ground

M. Mbimbi, A. Robertson, A. Pyman, A. Hill, M. O”Grady, J. Williamson


Div 5 Round Final 1 Game

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