Under-19 Magpies add to under-17 triumph in centenary year
WHEN Magpies release their 100th-year celebration book, three teenagers will be immortalised for their efforts in two premiership wins.
Toby Thorburn, Bailey Black and Hugh Arthur all took to the field to help the under-19 Magpies team break a 25-year premiership drought, just a day after they won the under-17 competition.
The under-19 epic pitted Magpies against underdog Sarina Crocodiles, who surged to the grand final despite only two wins in the regular season.
The Pies were too big and strong for the Crocs and maintained their lead, finishing 24-10.
Sarina found some flair in the second half when a try from Ethan Grimmond and conversion by Callum Street reduced the deficit to 10 points.
Magpies' Ikey Mooka provided much-needed momentum to his team when he powered over the stripe with what seemed like Sarina's whole forward pack hanging onto him.
Captain of the under-17 team Thorburn bleeds black and white, with a long family connection to the club.
"I've been around it too when I was younger. My dad played A-Grade, my granddad was always around the club,” he said.
"To get a premiership is fantastic, it's in my family blood; I'm half Sologinkin and that's what the field is called, so to get a win is great for the family,” he said.
"Winning is good, but the feeling of running out in the grand finals, feeling all the support from the whole club. Everyone got down there and I loved playing in front of that support.”
Black predicted a few ice baths to get over the weekend.
Still, the chance to go down in club history made the bumps and bruises worth it.
"I'm so lucky to have these boys to play side-by-side with and get the win across both age groups,” he said.
"It's my first year in the club, so I'm lucky to play for two grades and help get that result.”
Of the trio, Thorburn has the longest service with the club.
Arthur said Mooka's try flattened Sarina.
"The final seconds of a game when you know you've won is second to none,” he said.
Under-19 captain Declan Laird told his men their Saturday heroics deserved to go down in the club centenary celebrations.
"It's an absolute honour. Our club talks about it all the time so we know what it really means to be here.”
Laird commended Sarina, particularly their contest in the middle.
"They do it to us every year. . . they get to finals they turn it on,” he said.