The Magpies ventured down to Philly on a hot Saturday for a tournament featuring NY, Philly, Baltimore / Washington, North Carolina and Florida. In the Magpies 1st game they played North Carolina. The Magpies had nearly a full complement of players to choose from and got off to a strong start. Â Buckingham was dominant in the ruck and Mitchell,Â Heffernan, plus Hawkins, who captained the club in his final outing for the Magpies, all gave the forwards plenty of supply. Magpie debutant Mapo made an impact with 2 goals in the first 2 minutes and along with Keating, who was back in the side, formed a potent forward line. Brad Davis moved forward and bobbed up with a strong mark and goal while Nick Walker relished the run up the ground.
In defense the experienced Lewis came into the side and McMaster, who had been playing forward, was pushed back, 2 key additions that bolstered the backline.Â Oui, Norman, Lin and Mantzaris stood firm repeatedly repelling NC’s forward attacks. After a few more goals to Hawkins, Keating andÂ Toby, the Magpies were up by 45 points at the main change. The second half saw much of the same with the Magpies in control of the contest.Â The injection of the big diesel Batty and Mason in the second half ensured NY stayed focused and ran out comfortable winners.Â After the game coach Ormsby was reasonably happy with the teams performance, but was more pleased with the way the Magpies played, not the final score. He was also happy to be able toÂ debut 5 new players without upsetting the team structure and game plan, saying, “The two new American boys, Hunter and Jamie, both showed a lot of promise in their first game of AFL.Â James and Bryant also played well in their first game for the Magpies, while Mapo gave us a great target up forward.”
Goalkickers NY: Mapleston 2, Tornay 2, Keating, Davis, Bulone, Dymock, Lawrence, Farrell, Georgiou, Mitchell
Best NY:Â Mapleston, Mitchell, Hawkins, Davis, Mason