Eastern Regional Tournament Recap

New York Magpies Women’s Team

The Lady Pies played in a combined side with Boston and Philly against the combined side of Baltimore/Washington and Columbus. After a long, tiresome game in hot conditions, the Lady Pies came out on top, winning the game by 13 points. The Lady Pies are again, Eastern Regional Champions!

Match Review still to come.

NY Magpies/Boston/Philly: 5.13 (43)
Baltimore/Washington/Columbus: 4.6 (30)
Goals: TBA
Best: TBA

New York Magpies Men’s Team

The Magpies contested the 2017 USAFL Eastern Regional Tournament on Saturday in the beautiful city of Raleigh, North Carolina with scheduled games against Baltimore, Boston and Columbus. Conditions were very hot and humid with the thermostat ticking well above 30 degrees.   

In the Magpies first game they faced a very determined and very well represented Baltimore/Washington Eagles who sported 2 teams at the tournament (40+ guys) highlighting their commitment to their club and trying to walk away with a tournament trophy.

From the first bounce, The Eagles attacked the footy hard and applied constant tackling pressure to the Magpies, creating damaging turnovers which resulted in the Eagles making a fast start, kicking 3 goals in the first 10 minutes from their tall forward line. Midfielder Brenton Hocking was also involved in a heavy collision during the first 5 minutes which saw him not return for the entire game (missing the 2nd game as well) and receiving 18 stitches in his forehead, a big out for Pies. Thankfully the Magpies steadied themselves, with Andrew Davis and Paddy O’Leary moving to the backline, shoring up defense and Tim Gleeson taking multiple strong grabs up forward, resulting in 2 goals which saw the Pies down by only 6 points at the half and very much in the contest.

Unfortunately for the Pies, the Eagles began the 2nd half in similar fashion to the first with multiple goals in quick succession from Magpies turnovers, creating a comfortable lead which the Pies couldn’t claw back. Despite the score blowing out, the Pies fought on strongly and were well served by Cameron Lockwood, Shane Lowry and Carson Oleshski in the midfield, Andrew Davis and Paddy O’Leary down back and Tim Gleeson up forward.

NY Magpies: 5.4 (34)
Washington Baltimore Eagles:  10.4 (64)
Goals: Gleeson 2, Murphy, Lockwood, Lowry.
Best: Lowry, Lockwood, Goransson, Gleeson, Davis.   

 

After the disappointing loss to Baltimore, the Magpies 2nd game saw them pitted against the Boston Demons. Unlike the first match, the Pies got off to a flying start with Cameron Lockwood and Shane Lowry dominating in the midfield thanks to some great ruck work from Carson Olsheski. With quick entries into the forward line, Andrew Davis kicked 3 quick goals and gave the Magpies a solid buffer going into the 2nd half. The Magpies midfield continued their dominance providing goals to Tim Gleeson, Shane Lowry, and Cameron Lockwood giving the Pies a 20+ margin at the end of the game. Honorable mentions go to new international recruit Hampus Goransson who attacked the ball strongly all game and Carson Olsheski who was fantastic early in the ruck giving the midfield first use from center bounces.   

NY Magpies: 8.4 (52)
Boston Magpies:  4.3 (27)
Goals: Davis 3, Lockwood 3, Lowry, Gleeson.
Best: Davis, Lockwood, O’Leary, Goransson, Olsheski.    

 

The Magpies third and final game was against a young and exciting Columbus. With both teams fatigued from already playing 2 games in steaming conditions, the first half was a tough, close encounter with Columbus getting off to a strong start kicking 2 early goals and making things difficult for the Magpies. That said, the Pies immediately fought back with midfielders Michael Murphy and Cameron Lockwood winning the ball forward and Brenton Hocking kicking 2 bombs outside 50 to go into the half neck and neck with Columbus.

The 2nd half was a very close encounter, with both sides trading goals, trying to finish the tournament with a winning record. The Magpies applied great tackling pressure across the ground, gaining control of the game and edged out winners by 14 points thanks to some great all-round performances from Tim Gleeson who moved down back and proved a rock in defense, Brenton Hocking who returned from his first round head injury to boot 3 goals from the midfield, Cameron Lockwood in the midfield and Benny Culell who despite a delayed flight which saw him miss the first 2 matches played a great game and also kicked “goal of the tournament” with a Shane Warne-like leg spinner from the pocket in the first half. Simon Hargraves and Hampus Goransson continued to play consistently well throughout the tournament, putting their head over the ball and attacking it strongly the whole time.

 

NY Magpies: 8.9 (57)
Columbus:  7.1 (43)
Goals: Hocking 3, Davis 3, O’Leary, Culell.
Best: Hocking, Gleeson, Hargraves, Davis. 

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