Photo: Bayley Maher and Josh Fattore in action for the Magpies.

The Yass Magpies Club had a triple win over the weekend with the Ladies Tackle defeating Goulburn 26 to 18 in their first Round, Reserve Grade winning 16 to 14 over the Gungahlin Bulls and First Grade defeating them 34 to 16.

It was an important game for the Magpies as they looked to secure their first win of the season in Round 4 in the Blumers Lawyers Canberra Raiders Cup.

Coach Cam Hardy said it was a good outing of football for Yass with three wins for the club.

“Certainly, they’ve been putting in the effort for so long, so it was nice to see them come away,” Cam said. “It was, in the time I’ve been there, probably one of the best team wins I’ve seen.”

“Everyone was a part of the win. It wasn’t individuals, it was a massive team effort.”

Yass Magpies Josh Fattore

In the last 20 minutes of the match, the Coach said the team stamped it out as the playbook clicked leading to a very clinical finish.

However, Yass centre Jordan Mecham-Crane went off with a dislocated shoulder after stripping the ball and being driven into the ground awkwardly. He was transported from Yass to Canberra Hospital and will be looking at some time on the sideline.

Some standouts of the match were halfback Josh Fattore who scored two tries in the second half and Kyle Danilczak who scored two tries in the 74th minute.

“If I was going to give [standout labels] to somebody, I would have given it to all of them, to be honest,” the coach said.

The team has an average age of 24-years-old and boasts 18 men in case a player gets a head knock. Cam said of the 18 players there were 14 Yass locals, which was pleasing to see.

“We love playing at Yass obviously, the crowd comes out and is very vocal and very supportive so that was really good.”

The coach said he was feeling confident about next weekend’s clash against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers.

“If the guys play the way they played on the weekend, and they’ll take a lot of confidence out of it,” he said. “They finally put out there, what we said they can be and what they can do, and they just did it.”

Next weekend, the Magpies host the Tuggeranong Bushrangers at Walker Park on Saturday, May 7 at 1:20pm for Reserve Grade and 3pm for First Grade.

Meanwhile, the Magpies Ladies tackle side is off to a strong start winning their first match of the season in Round 1 of the Blumers Lawyers Katrina Fanning Shield (KFS) against the Goulburn City Bulldogs.

KFS Coach Brendon Housten said Goulburn was a tough side and it was good to get the win, but the team’s performance could see some improvement.

“We played really well in patches, and we scored a fair few points and then we had lapses at moments and had a fair few points scored back on us.”

Although there may be a couple of things to tighten up, the Ladies scored the first win for the club in the 2022 season.

The coach said the squad worked well together with some combos beginning to come together.

“I don’t think there’ll be many teams that can hang with us if we can play how we played in those patches,” he said. “But if we can’t continue to do that and have lapses, that’s where the teams could creep up on us.”

Brendon referenced two standouts of the match in Holley Massey who led from the front and played a good game and winger Tijana Zdravevska who scored a few tries.

He said next week the team is planning to focus on their game and hopefully tighten up some inconsistencies in their clash against the Tuggeranong Bushrangers on Saturday, May 7 at 12pm at Walker Park.

Brianna O’Rourke