Magpies hope for clear top spot

THERE might be a lack of league on in Gladstone this weekend, but the Miriam Vale nest is overflowing tomorrow night, with a cracking doubleheader.

A much-improved South Kolan play Avondale in the curtainraiser and while this may have been a lacklustre game a month or so back, it promises to be a close contest.

The Magpies and Avondale share equal billing at the top of the Northern Districts Rugby League ladder, so both sides will be out to snare a win. This means the home team will have Gin Gin in their sights during the main game.

In a huge accomplishment, three Magpies—Aaron Causton, Carl Griffith, Darren Brennan—have been selected in the Wide Bay representative side. It’s a richly deserved honour, according to those around the club who’ve seen the trio maintain an outstanding level in the NDRL for the past few years.

Causton and Brennan are punishing forwards making life tough for everyone in the competition and half back Griffith is quick and has a smart footy brain.

They won’t be the only players Magpies coach Ryan Walker will be relying on to perform in front of what is expected to be another capacity crowd

He’s confident his boys will get over the line with the brand of footy they’ve been playing. And although they’re missing a few players, he expects to take the points, especially on the hallowed turf of Gary Larson Oval.

“We’re playing good footy and always take it up another level at home,” Walker said.

Walker said his team should be too sharp and too speedy for Gin Gin, who inflicted a loss on the Magpies earlier in the mud earlier in the year.

South Kolan play Avondale at 4.30pm followed by the Miriam Vale-Gin Gin clash at 6.30pm.

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