Flying high for Minor magpies

The Minor magpies are gearing up for a big weekend in Moree for Grand Final football.
Nanjing Night Net

The Glen Innes Magpies under 10s have had a fantastic year only losing 4 games finishing minor premiers.

The team is made up of 20 young boys ranging from boys who have played rugby league for 3-4 years to boys playing their first year.

They have a passion for rugby league that comes through in their training and on the field when playing.

To have 20 young boys that listen to what they are told is rare but these boys listen and have a love for the game of rugby league.

To committee a big thankyou for letting myself and Ryan coach the boys this year and to the boys one more game left let’s bring home the prize that you have worked so hard for this year.

– Steven Mcallister

After getting straight into the grand final by beating Inverell East 30 – 4 in the major semi final two weeks ago the Glen Innes Senior League Tag Girls will return to play them this Saturday at Moree.

The Glen Innes league tag side and some older players will be approaching their third grand final in a row.

Even though Inverell East have greatly improved since their last match together the girls look forward to hopefully winning for the third time which is a rare achievement.

So all roads lead to Moree, with the girls quite confident for a success.

Throughout the season all players have shown a huge amount of improvement through their dedication and hard work they have brought to every training session and have overall earned their shot at another premiership.

Hopefully the league tag girls will be able to put together all of their skills and work together as a team to create a positive outcome.

The girls are sure to do Glen Innes and the minor league proud.

– Andrew Byrne

The Under 16’s Minor League team have had an exciting year.

It would be the last year of minor league for 11 of the boys.

Numbers started slow but steadily grew as the season started.

Early on the boys struggled with their fitness but when the season started proper they were all ready and raring to go.

With only six teams in the competition the boys had very few games and found it hard to gel as a team during the first half of the season.

Half way through the competition they sat third, with three wins.

The second half of the season they found their football feet and started playing like a well drilled team.

With their fitness improving and their structure starting to take place, they were playing entertaining football and were drawing the crowds.

After a few close losses they finished the competition in fourth place.

Making the Grand Final would take grit and determination, plus some great football.

They met Inverell West in the minor Semi-final.

They had not beaten Inverell West in either match they played during the season but after playing their best game of the year they won 36 -14.

Last Saturday they met Armidale in Inverell in the preliminary final.

After a tough, physical game Glen Innes were victors 24 – 16. Glen were able to keep Armidale scoreless in the second half.

The boys will now play Tingha in the grand final in Moree on Saturday.

If they can continue playing the way they have in the past two weeks they should come away with the trophy.

Congratulations to Zac, Isaiah, Liam, Tom, Ash, Ji, Brant, Luke, Lachy, Adam, Harrison, Alex, Connor, Nathaniel, Jacob, Matty, Baydon, Zachery, Jonny and Damon for coming so far and good luck in your final game of the season.

A special mention to the six boys from the Under 16’s that will back up on Sunday to play in the Under 18’s Grand Final.

These boys Harrison Lehman, Zac Willis, Luke Hodgson, Adam Kerr, Isaiah Tunamena and Connor Livermore have played for the under 18’s during the year and have played an important part in the team.

Good luck to the Under 18’s team and in particular these six fine young men.

– David Willis

As the 2015 season draws to a close I would like to say what a privilege it is to be president of this great club.

This year over 160 kids enjoyed representing our town playing rugby league and league tag.

Glen Innes is the only club in group 19 that can boast five teams making it to the finals and now three of those teams will play in this weekend grand finals.

This would not be possible without the huge efforts of the many people who give up their time to make sure our kids get to play footy.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has helped out in some way this season.

A special mention must go to all our sponsors and the Land of The Beardies Social Committee for the great job they do operating our canteen.

Our coaches, league safes and sports trainers have done a fantastic job this year preparing our players to take the field each week and juggling their big player numbers to give all the kids’ game time.

Well done to you all.

The game could not commence without our referees so thank you to everyone who has blown the whistle this season.

I believe Glen Innes Minor League is fortunate to have the best referees in the group and it would seem the Group 19 committee agrees with 3 of our referees being appointed to this weekend’s grand finals.

14 year old Connor Cooke will officiate in the under 10’s game, Chris Doney the under 12’s and, our lady of league herself, Jeanette Hillier will be in charge of the under 16’s grand finale.

Congratulations to all three of you on being rewarded for your fine efforts during the year.

Lastly I would like to congratulate our players.

Glen Innes can be very proud of the way each of you in all seven teams have represented our town.

You have all tried your best, showed great sportsmanship and I am sure had a lot of fun along the way.

To the under 10’s, Steve and Ryan, the senior league tag girls, Andrew and Snowy and the under 16’s, Ponk and Hodgy, on behalf of everyone involved in Glen Innes Minor League I wish you good luck on Saturday.

Enjoy the game and celebrate the occasion.

Win, lose or draw we will always be proud to call you all Magpies.

– Wayne Williams

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