The Mitchell Magpies and the Miles Devils clash on Saturday.
The Mitchell Magpies and the Miles Devils clash on Saturday. Blake Antrobus

Magpies swoop for drought-ending victory

SATURDAY’S victory marked the end of a drought for the A-Grade Mitchell Magpies, who swooped into victory against the Miles Devils.

In their first win for the season, the boys in black and white wasted no time in wrestling control of the match in the first half, with halves Tom Kennedy and Haydn Pallisier pushing the match to bring the score up to 28-8 at half-time.

The Devils pushed back and gained some traction after the Magpies slacked off on defence, but the match was ultimately decided 44-20 in Mitchell’s favour.

Coach Geoffrey Kenafake said it was a relief to get a win, after what has been a difficult season for the Magpies.

“It’s good to finally get the monkey off our back (in) our first game for the win – especially at home in front of our nest here,” he said.

“It’d be good to see if we could back it up again next week with another home game.”

While the finals now seem too distant for the Magpies to reach, Kenafake said it was about playing for pride.

“I don’t think we’re going to get to the finals, we’re still that far out. But a win’s a win; you’ve got to be happy with that,” he said.

“We don’t have much of a grudge against Miles; they’re battling along for numbers like we are. It’s always a good hard game against them,” he said.

“It was just good to get a win, I’m sure the boys will celebrate.”

Devils Coach Tim Ryan was less enthusiastic, declaring it one of the “worst games of football.”

“It’s embarrassing to our quality; that match is the worst game of football we’ve played since 2013,” he said.

“Miles is in a rut at the moment, and we’re just battling.”


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