Magpies Take on Boston
On a sunny, humid September day the Magpies and Lady Pies resumed action, taking on their Boston opponents for the second time in 2012. The Magpies put in a strong four quarter performance to notch up a resounding win over Boston while the Lady Pies showed their improvement and potential, sticking with the ladder leading Lady Demons for 2 of 4 quarters.
The Lady Pies were the first to take the ground in an 11-a-side match after a slight wet weather delay. With veterans Casillas and Licata manning the center half back and center half forward positions, the Lady Pies aimed to capitalize on the hard work of Alison Vorsatz’s center taps. Onballers Sofia Ridwan and Sam Wolf showed courage in the middle fighting for possession on the soggy ground. While the Lady Demons came away kicking in the first quarter for a 19-point lead, the Lady Pies held steady in the second and third quarters allowing only one major and one minor score. Lady Pies’ fullback, Autumn Ervin, showed poise under pressure in the backline all match earning her Best on Ground for the black and white. The Boston Ladies managed to pull away in the fourth quarter despite the stellar defensive effort by the Lady Pies for a final score of 6.5.41 to 1.2.8
Next up the men’s team took on their strongest traditional rival, the Boston Demons, with pride and many years of history to live up to. The Magpies got off to a good start with ruckman Alex Kwiatkowski providing good service to his midfielders Jack Taylor, Jordan McIntyre and Ojas ‘Juice’ Desai who in turn delivered the ball well to forwards Sam Mitchell, Adam Routledge and Chris Walsh. With forward pocket Tai Scott putting in a strong performance the Magpies quickly jumped out to lead by a couple of goals. Up the other end of the ground the Magpies defence was holding strong despite an early injury to full back Scott McMaster. Centre half back Nick Walker and stand-in full back Bryan Caine defended ably while co-captain Todd Smith provided plenty of run out of defence. At quarter time the Magpies lead 3.2 20 while the Demons were yet to trouble the scorers.
The game tightened up in the second quarter as the humidity began to affect the players and the center of the ground in particular became congested. Quick kicks out of ball ups became the order of the day and debutant Kerrin Hughes and Richard Marian provided the best examples allowed Mitchell and Woolley to notch up majors. After Boston put through their first of the day, the half-time score was New York 5.4 34 to Boston 1.2 8.
As part of the preparations for Nationals coach Glenn Ormsby challenged the Magpies to think of the second half as a brand new game with the score reset to nil all. The Magpies responded to bang on the first couple of goals of the quarter via Mitchell and Walsh while Paul Guarino and Hamish Keith were inserted into the middle and found plenty of the ball. Once again the backline was holding strong with Myles Walkington, Jeremy Spiteri, Glenn Caldwell and Oliver Tresco covering their Boston opponents well and preventing any goals from being scored. The Magpies managed to add a couple of goals late in the quarter via Guarino and Walsh to lead by 8 goals at the last break.
Co-captains McIntyre and Smith set the team a challenge in the last quarter, kick 6 goals and prevent Boston from scoring and the Magpies responded, bursting out of the blocks and dominating possession for the first ten minutes. Keith and Rob Donner added goals while Mitchell kicked his fourth for the day. Loose marking, which will surely be a focus at training, resulted in Boston travelling the length of the ground to kick their second for the day against the run of play. New York responded however adding 2 more goals for the quarter to run out winners, 14.10 94 to 2.5 17.
Coach Ormsby was pleased with his team’s performance saying ‘the boys really executed a couple of things we’ve been working on at training well today and I was happy with our fast starts to quarters, an area which has cost the team at previous Nationals. It was also pleasing to give a significant number of players some decent game time as competition increases for spots’.
Goal Kickers: Mitchell 4, Routledge 3, Walsh 2, Guarino, Woolley, Keith, Marian, Donner
Best Players: Mitchell, McIntyre, Routledge, Smith, Walsh, Kwiatkowski
Written by Myles Walkington
Photos by Autumn Ervin