The Yass Magpies Reserve Grade went into round six of the 2021 competition on top of the ladder and Saturday’s win over Woden Rams by 24-16 has kept them there. But earlier the Magpies juniors defeated Crookwell by 36-12 and the Yass Katrina Fanning Shield side wiped the floor with Queanbeyan Blues 26-0. The win by the KFS Yass side leaves them undefeated for 2021,
I must say, the Magpies second-grade team seemed to commence their match against the Woden Rams in a rather tardy fashion, allowing the visitors to go into the break with a 16-0 lead. When the second half opened it was a different matter, with the downhill run and the sun in their opponent’s eyes, the Reggie’s went full blast.
After just 4 minutes centre Jesse Collins crossed to make it 4-16 and two minutes later, Elphick scored and the tally was 8-16. At the mid-way point of the half the Captain in Chris Rawlinson scored his try, converted and the margin narrowed to two points. Only three minutes on and winger Blake Watson added to the score with the conversion for a 20-16 lead.
Only two minutes left on the clock and Richard Maher sealed the match with a try and the Magpies ran out 24-16 winners. The Yass boys lead the ladder on 11 points, three points clear of Queanbeyan Blues but Yass have a lesser differential of +58. Next Saturday they will be away to The Sharks.
On the other hand, the first grade Magpies started with more enthusiasm and after 9 minutes Bayley Timmer scored a try for a 4-0 lead. The magpies maintained good field position and pressure on the Rams, then lost control and the visitors scored to take the lead 4-6. In the 23rd minute, the Magpies looked to have scored but the referee ruled it a double movement and the Rams were off the hook. Then, right on half time, Captain Shaun Davis grabbed his try in good position and half time Yass 10, Woden 6.
The second stanza was largely a landslide to the home side. Magpies 5/8 Limoni took an early intercept against the run of play and sprinted for 75 metres to plant the ball under the sticks and it was 16-6. Centre Willie Peace was excellent all day fighting his way through defenders and prop Josh Hall was as good. Next up veteran Brad Wylie crossed followed by tries to Josh Fattore, Peace and Kyle Danilczark and it was all but over for the visitors.
The Rams did manage a late try but the game finished the Magpie’s way 38-12. Coach Hardy should be pleased with the result, however there were a couple of “coach-killers” during the match by his charges. Next week the opponents will be the Sharks who defeated Goulburn on Saturday, but the Magpies still hold onto 4th place and the Sharks 8th.
In other results Warriors 30 narrowly defeated the Roos 28, and the Queanbeyan Blues went down to the Bulls 40-20. In George Tooke Shield the Binalong Brahmans had a solid 56-0 win over Burrangong, North Canberra Bears overcame the UC Stars 26-10, Cootamundra 24 defeated Crookwell 18 and Bungendore beat Boorowa 30-12. These results leave Binalong in sixth position on the GTS Ladder.
In more good news for Binalong, their Jersey Girls had their first win for some time by 28-0 win over Burrangong on Saturday, other results were Harden 40 Gunning 0, Boorowa 8 def Bungendore 4, Nth Canberra 16-4 over UC Stars and Cootamundra defeated Crookwell 34-18.