Past stars see 'pies shine

PLAYING before some of the greatest players to ever wear the famous black and white jumper, Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo thrilled their fans with a 62-26 victory over Macksville at 'the graveyard' yesterday.

Bellingen Park hasn't been such a happy place since the Magpies won their last title in 1999 and many of the winning men from that side were on hand to see a Country Rugby League Centenary plaque presented to the club by CRL supremo Warren Kimberley.

But it was the members of the 1981 Clayton Cup-winning side and the venerable elder statesman from as far back as 1946 who received the biggest cheer as they were clapped onto the field by the modern day warriors from both clubs and introduced to the crowd.

But with the presentations completed, the Magpies wasted no time making their presence felt and had the Sea Eagles under the pump after racing in four converted tries within the opening 20 minutes.

As they always do, Macksville hit back but that was the last time they pressured the home side until a flurry of try-scoring activity late in the game.

“Fairly big score but I won't give my boys a hard time for lapses in defence,” winning captain-coach Troy Robinson said.

“Very rarely did Macksville come through the centre, they had to go wide to the edges and use their pace to get around us.”

The Magpies have brought a fun attitude to football but when they sniff an opportunity, the side is all business.

So eager are they to play that even the wounded brigade on the sideline were queueing up to get a place on the field as the score began to race upwards.

And even Macksville boss Neville Donovan is smiling again as the pressure of an up-and-down 2008 begins to lift.

“It's the end of the season and we want to have some fun and build something for next year,” the champion half back grinned.

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