Raiders spoil Magpies party

THE sixth placed Gloucester Junior Magpies under 11s played at home against a well disciplined Lake Cathie-Bonny Hills Raiders outfit on Saturday. 

It was a great chance to see how the team matched up against one of the competition leaders.

The team was under early pressure through some silly piggy back penalties and was forced to defend its line for repeat sets resulting in two tries to the Raiders who took an early 12-nil lead.

The Magpies finally snapped into action with a try to Cooper Fordham and a second try from a diving dummy half Drew Stone bought the score back to 12-10 at half-time.

The second half was full of excitement and it was the Raiders who extended their lead to 18-10 with an early try.

The Magpies had their opportunities to hit back but solid defence from the Raiders meant the visitors took the win 18-10. There were many positives from the match with the Magpies showing they can compete against one of the competition’s heavy-weights.

The team was also forced to rely on just a single substitute rather than the usual four.

There is still time for anyone interested in joining the club to sign up.

The final cut off for players to join is June 30.

The under 9s played their most consistent game of the season against the Wingham Tigers at Wingham. 

The team’s defence and tackling was great. 

Sam Whittaker took three points, Hamish Wakefield two points and Rhys Summerville one point. 

Price Crane, Dean Franks and Travis Johnston all played great games.

The team is still developing and is going to be a real force in years to come.