Gloucester Magpies defeated by Tall Timbers in Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League C grade grand final qualifier

Sudden death: Magpies defenders swamp a Tall Timbers player during their grand final qualifier. Photo: Donna Summerville.
Sudden death: Magpies defenders swamp a Tall Timbers player during their grand final qualifier. Photo: Donna Summerville.

Gloucester Magpies' run in the 2019 Newcastle and Hunter Rugby League C grade competition came to an end at the hands of Ourimbah Tall Timbers in the grand final qualifier.

The Magpies once again travelled to Raymond Terrace to meet the side for the third time in one month.

Despite Tall Timbers coming out on top 30-10, the score didn't reflect the game.

The wind was horrendous, with the Tall Timbers handling it better than Gloucester.

Ourimbah scored first for a 4-0 lead before Magpies halfback Luke Handsacker produced a brilliant chip and chase to post the side's first points. He converted to put the Magpies in front by two points.

After some torrid defence, Gloucester finally cracked and Ourimbah scored and converted to lead 10-6.

Soon after, Dave Morgan burst through for the Magpies and scored after a 30 metre run. The try wasn't converted so the game remained tied.

The arm-wrestle continued until two costly errors were capitalised on by Tall Timbers.

The side scored twice to take a 22-10 lead into halftime. Windy conditions continued after the break.

Gloucester barged over the try line twice but weren't able to get the ball down.

Ourimbah scored two late tries after the Magpies were forced to move the ball under pressure while playing 'catch-up league'.

Aberglasslyn will battle the Tall Timbers in the grand final at Waratah Oval on Saturday, September 14.

Although disappointed, Gloucester should be proud of the season as they were competitive in all games.

It is great to have a rugby league side in Gloucester.

Thanks to Andrew Middlebrook for coaching the side, the players, runners, bench staff, committee volunteers and supporters for a great season.

Presentation night will be on Saturday, September 28 at the golf club so please get your tickets early.

Meanwhile, minor premiers Stroud will take on Dungog in the women's league tag C grade grand final. It will be played on Saturday at Lakeside Oval in Raymond Terrace.