All hands on deck for Grand Final

The road to the Group 19 grand final has been long and arduous for the Glen Innes Magpies under 18s, but the toughness of the journey could be just the elixir to guide them to a premiership.
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A side that has just 16 under 18s registered and eligible to play at this stage of the season, the Magpies have had to rely heavily on the services of under 16s, who have saved the side from forfeits a number of times throughout the season.

But never once has this side forfeited, regularly taking the field with the bare minimum of 13 in 2015 and now have all hands on deck at the most important time of the season.

The season started with a 44-4 win over the Moree Boars at Mead Park, behind a two-try effort from Jayden Ehsman, which kick started an unbeaten run to start the season.

After two consecutive byes in rounds two and three, the Magpies belted the Armidale Rams 56-12 at Mead Park, with Ehsman crossing three times and Tom Say and Jeremy Lonergan bagging doubles.

The following week the Magpies were pushed for the first time in 2015, but with just 13 players managed to hold off the Moree Boars 28-26 behind two tries from Perry Stapleton.

A forfeit from Warialda preluded a 28-all draw with the Rams, with the Magpies fielding just 12 men and it took an Ehsman try after the siren to snatch a draw.

Round eight was one of the lowlights and highlights of the season for the Magpies.

Travelling to Warialda with just nine players, the Magpies bravely decided to take the field and came away with an astonishing 36-8 win with Ehsman scoring three and skipper Brayden Gallagher also starring.

Round nine saw the Magpies suffer their first loss of the season, going down to Inverell 30-4, with Brock Simpkins scoring the only Magpies try.

The Magpies rebounded from that loss with a 34-10 thumping of the Ashford Roosters at Mead Park, with Say the star of the day with two tries.

Again travelling to Armidale with 12 men, the Magpies suffered their second loss of the season, losing to the Rams 10-6, with Jake Willis scoring the Magpie try.

That was followed by a 20-12 win over the Boars with Say again bagging a double.

Another forfeit from the Wombats preluded a 28-all draw with the Rams behind two tries to Ehsman.

Round 15 saw another forfeit from the Wombats and the lack of football was telling the following week with the Magpies going down to the Hawks 26-nil.

Glen capped the regular season off with a 34-8 win over Ashford with Ehsman scoring three tries.

The semi-final campaign kicked off with a 22-16 loss to the Hawks, but the Magpies rebounded to secure their grand final spot with a 32-8 belting of the Rams.

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