Magpies hope to be flying high against visiting Thunder
BELLINGER Valley-Dorrigo has so far flown under the radar in preparations for the Group 2 season but supporters will get a good look at prospects today in the clash with Australian Army Thunder.
Traditionally, the Magpies have excelled in this game and promised much but fallen by the wayside as the long season took its toll, but there's plenty to like after a good showing two weeks back in the Tooheys Hoey Moey Nines.
It's believed that former 2008 NSW Origin winger Steve Turner will be on the park.
He'll be the second ex-Origin player to turn out for the club, following in the footsteps of Queensland's Stuart Kelly who made a couple of high-profile appearances in recent seasons.
Turner started out with Penrith before switching to Melbourne Storm where he played in three grand finals.
His final home was with the Bulldogs but was forced into retirement from the NRL in 2013 due to a recurring knee injury.
As a prolific goal kicker, he's likely to be a huge asset to the Magpies.
Today's first matches are at 1.30pm when a pair of North Coast Academy under-17 teams will meet.
This will be followed by an under-18s trial between the home club and Macksville.
Later, the Sea Eagles will play Lower Maclean Magpies in the curtain-raiser to the main event which kicks off at 6pm.
While the match itself has become one of the highlights of the local league season, this staging should be another groundbreaker for Group 2.
Chief organiser Debbie Locke said the game could be live streamed, the first time this has been done in a local match.
However, Debbie hopes donations will eventuate to defray costs.
"I am trying to raise funds so that anyone, anywhere, can watch it and hopefully continue to raise the profile," Debbie said.
"Comyn Solutions can do this but we have to meet some costs. If people would like to help, all they have to do is click on the link."
Go to http://www.gofundme.com/n7z2y4.