Magpies beaten after trivia night raises $10K

THE Gloucester Magpies continued their slide down the Newcastle Rugby League D grade ladder after a 40-22 loss to the Hinton Hornets last Sunday.

The Magpies have fallen to sixth and are in danger of missing the finals after their fourth loss on the trot.

A trivia night held last Friday at the Soldiers Club raised more than $10,000 for the Curtis Landers Appeal and the Mark Hughes Foundation. Curtis is pictured at Westmead Children's Hospital with NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley.

A trivia night held last Friday at the Soldiers Club raised more than $10,000 for the Curtis Landers Appeal and the Mark Hughes Foundation. Curtis is pictured at Westmead Children's Hospital with NSW State of Origin coach Laurie Daley.

The Magpies have fallen to sixth and are in danger of missing the finals after their fourth loss on the trot.

Gloucester were competitive for much of the first half and went into the sheds at halftime level with the Hornets on 12 points all, but the home side ran away with the match in the second 40 to post its seventh win of the season.

Gloucester has five wins, seven losses and a draw from 13 matches this season for a total of 11 points, one behind fifth-placed Clarence Town and three behind Abermain in fourth.

With five rounds remaining in the regular season, three at home, Gloucester needs to win the majority of its matches be any chance of playing finals football.

The winning must start this Saturday, with the Magpies taking on bottom-placed Woodberry at Bert Gallagher Oval.

 Woodberry are yet to win a game in 2014.

Gloucester scored a 34-28 win last time the two sides met in round seven.

Meanwhile, a trivia night and auction organised by the Magpies has raised more than $10,000 for the Curtis Landers Appeal and the Mark Hughes Foundation.

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Organiser Tess Nolan said the preliminary total from the night was $10,009.65.

More than 180 people turned out for the trivia night at the Gloucester Soldiers Club last Friday.

This weekend, Newcastle Rugby League is encouraging all of the clubs that play in its junior and senior competitions to hold a collection day for the Curtis Landers Appeal.

The league is encouraging all clubs to take buckets around and is hopeful of raising a considerable amount to go towards Curtis’ ongoing costs for his rehabilitation.

- THE Gloucester Cockies have got their 2014 season back on track with a comfortable away win against the Myall Coast Mudcrabs.

Needing a victory to stay in contact with the competition front-runners, the Cockies scored a 26-5 win over the Mudcrabs in Tea Gardens.

While Gloucester maintains its spot in fifth position on the ladder, the win means the Cockies move to within five points of the fourth-placed Mudcrabs.

A victory against bottom-placed Old Bar this Saturday could see the Cockies leapfrog the Mudcrabs depending on other results.

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