Division 3 Round 8 vs Penrith Rams

Div 3 Match Report Round 8

Indigenous Round saw Blacktown Magic take on Penrith Rams for the battle of the West and it definitely lived up to all expectations.


AFL Indigenous Round is a celebration of the contribution players, participants, fans and Indigenous communities bring to the game and it is a chance for Indigenous community to show they are proud of their heritage and acknowledge it both in their playing lives and their culture. The Magic have strong ties to the Indigenous community in the area the club proudly wear the Indigenous designs on our Guernsey as a sign of this relationship. This round saw both Blacktown teams sporting the new Guernsey design for the first time this year.


Division Three battle of the West saw for the first time the two teams compete and it was very much a one sided affair.


From the get go, the Magic dominated and dictated play with a first quarter performance up there with their best to date. Forwards Ejay Barclay and Ash Moeller combined well with the services from the middlemen of Andrew Polkinghorne, Matt Hinchcliffe and Division Three debutant Andy Pyman. Pyman has been outstanding with his performances in the seconds team and left Head Coach, Dean Connors, little choice but to give him a start this week against the Rams. The best of the bunch was EJ with four goals in quick succession. Another highlight of the quarter was from debutant and returning ruckman, Sam Low. Low punted a 65m ball from the defensive box of the Magic to Moeller through the corridor who in turn hit the chest of EJ, with EJ calming slotting home the goal to finish off a spectacular transition of play. The first quarter ended, with much relief to the Rams who were held goalless.


The Rams entered the second quarter more determined and more focused and this resulted in a tied score line for the second quarter. The Magic definitely took their foot off the gas, something which Connors was not impressed with judging by the half time talk in the sheds. The result could have been worse for the Magic if not for the ever reliable backline of Ben Molyneaux, Captain Mark Burger and Daniel Clifford. These three kept the pressure on the Rams forwards and consequently kept the score line favourable to the Magic with a 45 point lead at the break.


The sun was shining on the Magic this day and they entered the third quarter revived and refocused, something which can be contributed to Connors half time discussion. The forward combination of EJ and Pat Barclay caused havoc for the Rams defenders with the brothers being able to read one another’s game perfectly. The Barclay brothers kicked a further 3 goals between them in the third quarter and ensured the Magic dictated terms. Ex-Rams player Hamish Mulligan, made his debut for the Division Three side and contributed well on the wing with Todd Darvas and Jay Roughley ensuring service to the forwards was consistent for the entire quarter.


The Magic restarted where they left off at the end of the first quarter and continued this dominance into the final term.


By the end of the match, the Magic had no interchange bench, evidence of a physical encounter between the two teams of the West, but it was the Magic who would be singing their lungs out today. It was a well-deserved win with a dominating performance handing the Rams their first 100+ scored defeat. The Magic have sent a message to the rest of the competition but have still got some work to do to improve all over the park.


This week both teams will face Sydney University at Mahoney Oval at 12pm and 2pm respectively. It is a top of the table clash in Division Three, some tout as the Grand Final preview, and a much anticipated match between the two Division Five teams.


Goal Kickers

Goal Kickers: E. Barclay 5, A. Moeller 3, A. Polkinghorne 2, J. Talbot 2, D. Connors 2, P. Barclay 2, J. Roughley

Best on Ground

Best Players: E. Barclay, A. Polkinghorne, A. Carey, B. Molyneaux, D. Clifford, S. Low


Div 3 Match Report Players Round 8