Division 5 Round 7 vs Penrith Rams

Div 5 Match Report Round 7

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.

 

The first bounce of the day was between the two Division Five teams in what was going to be a tug of war for the majority of the match. The Magic started the stronger of the two sides kicking the first two goals of the match, with what looked like was going to be their first win four games, however the Rams replied with two goals of their own in quick succession. The quarter ended only a point difference with the Magic ahead and looking the stronger side. Blacktown players Aaron Hill and Alex Robertson were dangerous upfront causing headaches for the Rams being backed by the tall timbers Shannon Deusson, Jared Clifford and debutant Tim Baracz.

 

The second quarter was a low scoring affair but the Magic were able to push slightly ahead with a five point lead at the break. Credit must go to the Magic defenders who kept the Rams goalless for this quarter led by Iain Freeman, Mike O’Grady and David Lau Young. Another debutant in the match was an old Magician, Rowan Theel, who has returned from Melbourne, to add some much needed composure through the middle of the park. Theel combined well with Mbimbi Mbimbi both who dictated much of the play and flow of the game with their hard tackling and ball distribution. Half time saw both teams head to the sheds and respective coaches inject their thoughts on how the first half of the game went.

 

It was Penrith who started the better of the two teams in the second half, dominating the 3rd quarter with seven scoring shots to the Magic’s four. It was a wakeup call to the Magicians who seemed to not expect the intensity which the Rams brought. The Rams were coming off a strong win against Moorebank last week and carried this confidence into the second half of the match. The Magicians replied with goals to Hill and Mbimbi but the Rams finished the quarter 8 points ahead. Disaster struck the Magic with injuries to a few players and this left them with a limited interchange bench for the last quarter.

 

Credit must go to the Magicians, they never gave up and battled to the very end. This, if anything, is most important thing to take from the match. In their first season as a team, the Magicians have achieved great things thus far and getting back on the winners list is within sight. As the season progresses, the Division Five Magicians will reap dividends as long as the players work together and maintain their fighting attitude, something which coach Ben Grey is confident will be the case.

 

Unfortunately it was a tale of two halves. The Magic strongly won the first but the Rams replied with a dominating second half performance of football and outscored the Magic 56-41.

 

Goal Kickers

Goal Kickers: A. Hill 3, A. Kent , M. Mbimbi , A. Robertson

Best on Ground

Best Players: I. Freeman, A. Hill, A. Robertson, D. Lau Young, M. O”Grady, R. Theel

 

Div 5 Match Report Players Round 7