Update from Ash: The season so far…

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Updated: June 18, 2014
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With both teams sitting nicely in fourth on 7 wins and 3 losses a piece and half the season now gone both sides are in strong positions to contend for the flag come finals time. The club and players can now look towards a very challenging finish to the season which sees the Firsts come up against all fellow contenders at least once in the final 8 rounds and the Reserves with an equally tough ask playing teams in the finals race who they haven’t yet played.

As per usual, training at the beginning of the year was well attended with kicking and game sense drills a heavy focus. Good results shone through in both grades with big wins against Div 2 reigning premiers Sydney Uni by 69 points and Div 5 competition leaders Norwest by 37 points.  This truly sent a message to both competitions that the Magic were not to be taken lightly in 2014.

With training attendance dropping off, the on field performances have dropped concurrently.  Whilst the wins / loss ratio still remains strong the skill level and tenacity at the contest has seen some frustrating performances of late including a disappointing 1 point loss to fellow Div 2 challengers Moorebank.  Both teams have the personnel to go deep into September but talent alone does not get you anything for free.

 

Round 10 Ladders

Division 2 and 5 Tables as @ Round 10

 

We have had some magnificent individual and team performances over the course of the year to date with the following highlights:

–          Ben Akmens Leading Goal kicker in Div 2 with 40 goals (70 behinds)

–          The big key forwards Pumpa and Johnny Lane are equal on top of the Div 5 Goal kicking with 30 a piece

–          New recruit Dave Bertram patrolling the back line winning contested mark after contested mark

–          Code hopper Scotty Coombes having an outstanding debut year including 2 games in Div 2.

–          Ben Akmens’ individual performance against Moorebank in the 1 point loss, where Akers kicked 8-6 of our 10-11.  Truly one of the best individual Magic performances in the clubs history, as he continually kept us in the game.

–          Pumpa banging 7 home against Moorebank in a great coaches performances

–          Div 5 win over Norwest

–          Div 2 win over Sydney Uni and Camden

–          Div 5 gutsy performance against Penrith in the driving rain with a heavily injured and depleted side.

 

The rest of the season provides us with a great opportunity to challenge ourselves on the track and in the heat of battle.  I know that as a club we will remain strong and finish off the season in true Blacktown style.

 

– Ash and the Coaching Panel

 

 

 

 

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