The New York Magpies won this weekend 14-15-99 over Baltimore Washington Eagles 6-4-40 in NYC. Read more
The Pies beat Philly in Yonkers over the weekend 8.14 to 0.9 in round 1 of season 2014. The Magpies overshadowed the Philadelphia Hawks, with the backline clearly dominating the Hawks every attempt at goal for all 4 quarters. Read more
After a successful 2011 debut in Division 3 the New York Magpies second’s team was confident of another good showing despite being undermanned. The team couldn’t get going against a strong Chicago Swans team that ended up winning the division before rebounding on Saturday afternoon to beat a persistent Florida Redbacks team. Sunday was another story again as the Sacramento Suns came out more motivated for the early game and built an insurmountable lead with the wind in the first half to take the victory.
New York Magpies v Chicago Swans
When New York and Chicago met in Chicago during the regular season it was the Magpies that walked away with the points but unfortunately the result was switched at Nationals as the Swans were the better team. Right from the outset of the game the Pies had no answer to Chicago’s strong half back line despite the best efforts of ruckman Adam Mantzaris and midfielders Glenn Ormsby, Richard Marian and Tom Burke. A couple of early goals by the Swans put the Magpies backline under pressure and it was only inaccurate kicking that prevented the Swans from having a lead greater than the 5 goal advantage that they held at half time.
Following a rev up from coach Todd Smith the Magpies came out more motivated in the second half with a couple of scoring opportunities initiated from the backline of Chris Norman, Jon Melo, Nick Kerr and Matt Barlaz going close to registering the Magpies first score of the day. Unfortunately Chicago responded with another couple of goals and despite some good link up work down the wing from Jeremy Spiteri, Burke and Marian the Pies couldn’t record more than a solitary point. When the whistle blew it was a big victory for the Swans, 6.12 48 to 0.1 1.
Best: Marian, Burke, Spataro
Coach Smith was rightfully disappointed with his charges who were outpointed by a better team in Chicago. ‘We just can’t allow teams to get off to the start that Chicago did and expect to stay in the game’ he said. ‘With only two 20 minute halves per game if you go down by two goals its just too hard to get back in the contest’.
New York Magpies v Florida Redbacks
After their disappointing result in the morning the Division 3 Magpies were keen to make amends against Florida and were not helped by a tournament ending injury to ruckman Mantzaris and the call-up of Jamie Spataro to the Division 1 team to replace the injured Glenn Caldwell. Luckily the Pies were able to call into service several players from Las Vegas and Nashville to make up the numbers and ensure a good contest.
The Magpies warmup was much more motivated and the positive attitude continued into the game as ruckman Adam Overall gave his midfielders first use and the Pies kicked the opening goal through some strong work from Marian. That goal was quickly followed by another to Rob Donner who boxed out his opponent before the Redbacks got on the score board with a goal of their own. Unlike the morning the Magpies remained committed and Myles Walkington, Troy Danilo and Ed McCormick got involved in possessions that saw Overall and Donner each add another goal. At halftime the Magpies had pulled ahead, leading 4.2 26 to 2.0 12.
Florida threw everything they had at the Magpies early in the second half and for a while the Magpies threatened to crack as the Redbacks added a goal and a couple of points. New York’s midfield lifted their work rate however and Ormsby added his first for the day before some good link up work saw the ball land in the safe hands of captain and centre half forward Brett Smiley who kicked truly to put the result beyond doubt. New York eventually ran out winners, 6.7 43 to Florida 3.4 22.
Goals: Donner 2, Marian 1, Overall 1, Ormsby 1, Smiley 1
Best: Burke, Overall, Donner
Captain Brett Smiley was impressed with his teammate’s endeavor to bounce back from the loss in the morning and appreciative of the fill-ins from Vegas and Nashville saying ‘it really helped with a few extra players on the bench, and unlike the first game, we played the way we really knew how: a tough, committed, relentless and cohesive unit.’
New York Magpies v Sacramento Suns
The Division 3 team had the early start on Sunday morning and weren’t out of finals calculations but would need to beat their Sacramento opponents then rely on the Redbacks beating Chicago to make it. From the start of the game the Magpies were sluggish and the problems of the Saturday morning game returned, aided by the task of keeping the Suns from scoring with a very strong breeze. Before New York could blink the Suns had added 3 goals and the Pies hadn’t even looked like getting the ball into their forward half. With David Kyle and Kerr giving their all the Magpies gradually improved their standing but not before the Suns added another 2 goals to end the first half leading 5.1 31 to no score.
The Magpies huddle remained positive at half time however with the team confident it could reel in the Suns with some hard running and the aid of the breeze. Ormsby, Marian, Overall and the extra players from Las Vegas and Nashville led from the front and after a couple of off target shots the Magpies registered their first goal via Marian. However to their credit the Suns increased the pressure on the Magpies and limited their opponents to only a few more points for the half to record a 5.1 31 to 1.6 12 victory.
Goals: Marian 1
Best: Kyle, Marian, Ormsby
Goal scorer Marian was disappointed to end the tournament with only 1 win stating ‘we needed to put in better efforts right from the start of the games if we expected to record anymore victories. Ultimately we left it to too few players and that showed in the losses to Chicago and Sacramento’.
With the most women attending the USAFL National Championships in the club’s history, coupled with their near miss at last year’s tournament, the Lady Magpies were excited about their chances of finally bringing home a cup to New York. With a slow start on Saturday against the combined Calgary/Arizona squad, the Lady Magpies needed to win both remaining games to have a chance at the final. The deep bench of the Minnesota Lady Freeze proved too much for the black and white to defeat despite the Lady Pies obvious improvement in the second game. With their hopes for grand final glory put on hold until next year, the Lady Pies simply wanted to walk away from the weekend with a win. The ladies’ continued determination over the ball in windy conditions against a combined Sacramento/San Francisco side gave them the win they were looking for and the momentum to win it all come 2013. On the awards front, veteran Lady Pie and USA Freedom player, Siobhan McHale, won most consistent in the Women’s Division for her outstanding play in the midfield throughout the weekend.
NY Lady Magpies v Calgary/Arizona
Despite the Lady Pies’ experience in East Coast games throughout the season, the squad’s newness showed in the first game against the combined Calgary/Arizona squad. With the Pies’ lack of physicality in the first half, the opposition ran away with the ball for heaps of scoring opportunities. Lady Pies’ ruck and Aussie implant, High Tower, ensured that New York won the center taps; however, the ladies couldn’t convert this success into the forward line.
The Lady Pies’ backline of Ervin, Vorsatz, Fudor, and Wolf battled fiercely for the ball, giving away no easy shots in front of the goal. With Calgary’s constant pressure on NY’s defense, the Lady Pies were forced to create fast break opportunities to move the footy into the forward line. However, the strong skills and discipline of the Calgary/Arizona ladies prevented New York from making it on the scoreboard, taking the win 3.11 29 to no score. Despite the loss, the Lady Pies worked hard and by the end settled into their positions.
NY Lady Magpies v Minnesota Lady Freeze
In a more evenly matched game against the Minnesota Lady Freeze, the well-known physicality of the Lady Pies began to show. Veteran Siobhan McHale dominated the middle with a hard nose at the ball and broke through countless defenders to advance the footy forward. Captain Andrea Casillas appeared to be at every contest, while forward Ciara Lehane pushed up to the defensive half nearly running the length of the field. With increased communication and composure, the Lady Pies connected down the field to mark the ball more successfully.
Although the game showed mostly a defensive effort from the Lady Pies, the forwards held their own against a much more experienced Minnesota backline. Montreal Lady Angels, Kate Allbon-Sargeant and Lindsay Belzie, joined the Lady Pies for a run this Nationals and provided much-needed support in the forward line. Allbon-Sargeant had solid kicks and strong contests on the forward half of the field and worked well with Belzie, who took a huge contested mark to score the Lady Pies’ first goal. While the Lady Pies played more cohesively and certainly brought a more physical game of football, in the end it wasn’t enough and the Lady Freeze recorded the win, 2.4 16 to 1.2 8, ending the Lady Pies hopes of a shot at the Women’s Grand Final disappeared.
NY Lady Magpies v Sacramento/San Francisco
With two losses under their belts, the Lady Pies took the field ready for a win in the windy conditions of Sunday afternoon against a formidable Sacramento/San Francisco combined team. Although retired Lady Magpie Monica Robbins thought she had hung up her boots for good, in true Magpie form, she once again joined her team for the last game of the season in the Center Half Forward position. With the strengthened forward line, scoring opportunities were at a maximum for the weekend despite the wind having its way with the footy. Everything seemed to come together for the Lady Pies, and the teams played a mostly even first half of footy.
The Lady Pies’ backs were up against the wall in the beginning of the second half, but the defense held strong. Second year Magpies, Karen Muiter and Lissette Hinjosa, ran well with their players effectively taking them out of the game, while Casillas and Licata cleaned up the sidelines moving the ball to the forward half. The continuous hard work of McHale, Robbins, and Lehane insured that it would stay there for the remainder of the game. With more freedom to run, Hemenway dominated marks in the center and had heaps of shots on goal, leading the Lady Pies to a 2.5 17 to 1.3 9 victory. Coach Staropoli was thrilled with the win saying, “The wind hampered what would have been a high scoring game, but the triumph sets us up for 2013!”