The Magpies have started the season well and with a few key outs this past weekend Coach Ormsby asked for a strong effort from the team. With ESPN filming the game the Magpies jumped out of the blocks well and kicked out to a strong early lead. Dawkins and McMaster were proving a handful up forward and Sani was again showing his athleticism. Mason, playing his first game of the year, was at his intimidating best in the ruck and got a hand on everything. The backline was again the foundation for the Magpies in the first half as Lewis and Polulach showed their composure, Davis was at his ferocious best and Norman was welcomed back to full back, where he controlled the last line of defense.
The second quarter was much of the same as New York controlled the play. Brennan was doing as he pleased across half forward.Â With Wittmer, Desai and Smith on top in the middle, the Magpies’ forward line had plenty of supply. Buckets and Toby again provided a physical presence, while Guarinoâ€™s and Lawrence’s injection of pace was crucial and telling. Boylan, in his first game of the year, played strongly and combined well with Oui across half back. The highlights of the first half were Jimmy McLoughlinâ€™s one handed screamer in front of goal and Monica Robbins’ first appearance in the menâ€™s team for the year.
However, the third quarter proved to be a different story. Philly started to win more of the contested ball around the ground and peppered the goals. Flavel and McCormick where thrown back to steady up the defense (a masterstroke by assistant coach Shane Batty).Â If not for the solid work of those guys, plus Flavel, Builder, Robbins and Gluck, the Hawks would have been much closer at 3rd quarter time.
The Magpies responded in the last quarter with Roberts and Sinclair dominating around the ball, the sure hands of Bulone and crumbing of Walkington and Demaio proving to be a strength. McConnell and big Will, in their first game of AFL football, had immediate impact while fellow debutant Dickins’ attack on the ball was outstanding. This helped New York to kick away to a comfortable win. After the game coach Ormsby praised his players for their efforts in the heat and was encouraged by what he saw in the first gamers.
New YorkÂ 11. 13.Â 79
Philly Â Â Â Â Â 4. Â 3.Â 27
Injuries: McCormick (finger), Roberts (shoulder), Mason (concussion)
Goals: Brennan 4, Toby 2, Dawkins, McLoughlin, Flavel, Sani, Georgiou
Best: Brennan, Mason, McMaster, Wittmer, Roberts
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