Magpies fall short of needed win at Old Boys' Day
Rugby League: The Mitchell Magpies played with heart in front of their black and white legion but fell short against the Chinchilla Bulldogs, going down 22-18.
Former Maggies players were out in force to recall their glory days as Mitchell Magpies celebrated Old Boys' Day at their home turf on Saturday.
Player Kimba Fien said that, while the boys' performance was stronger in the second half, allowing the Bulldogs to get an early lead proved costly.
"A lot of the team was playing out of position and we let the Bulldogs run in three quick tries, which immediately put us on the back foot,” he said.
"We did gel together a bit more in the end of the first half then started the second half off a bit better but our completions were terrible and silly mistakes with dropball in our own end didn't help the outcome at all.
"With only losing by four points in the end, I think wewere the better team but we just made silly mistakes at crucial points.”
With a try apiece to Sheldon Martin, Matt Newton and James Brennan, club president John Birkett believed the boys were the better side for the majority of the game but just couldn't convert opportunities into points.
"It was poor ball handling and direction that cost them the win,” he said.
"They didn't get off to a great start, letting the Bulldogs get an early lead, and we missed scoring opportunities, with three occasions dropping the ball in the scoring zone.
"We now need to win the next two out of three games to be able to make finals and it's against the top-of-the- ladder teams - Redbulls, St George and Cities.”
Fien said while the team was disappointed to lose the game, being able to play for some old faces motivated them to keep pushing.
"It was pretty cool gettingto play in front of a lot of the old Magpies,” Fien said. "My dad was a Magpie and I'm proud to be one myself.
"It's just disappointing we couldn't get the win for the old fellas on the sideline that day.”
The Magpies will play second-placed Redbulls in Roma next week, with the last junior rugby game of the season to be played at Mitchell.
"We managed to take down Redbulls the last time we played so, if we play at that level again, there will be no stopping the boys,” Birkett said.
"Hopefully for our nextand last home game versus Cities, the boys will perform a lot better, especially with it being Sponsors' Day.
"It'd also be great to have everyone at Mitchell's last junior rugby game cheering on the young boys.”