Magpie Colts lose semifinal
In what turned out to be the last game for the 2021 senior club season for the Club, the Magpie Colts lost to the Dunedin Mako’s 37-10 in their semi-final match.
At a cold and windy Kettle Park, the Magpies started with the wind at their back, but unfortunately conceded 3 tries in the first 20 minutes to set back their winning chances. Not long after the third Dunedin try the rain and hail struck (horizontally!) and only the hardy supporters remained outside while others gathered in the warmer Dunedin Clubrooms. The Magpies kicked a penalty and scored a converted try to bring the score back to 19-10 at halftime.
A good start after halftime was the coaching brief, but a run of kickable penalties against the team resulted in an insurmountable score line and soon an impossible task in the difficult conditions of playing catch up footy. The eventual deficit of 27 points didn’t reflect the teams ability, but Dunedin deserved their win on the day.
1st five-eighth Jack Leslie showed his abilities and was the most dangerous back while captain Jordan Dwight never gave up from the flank and worked hard all game.
It was Barry Stevens last game as coach after 2 years coaching the team, making the semifinals in both years and building a respected team that was competitive against all comers.
Kaikorai will take on Dunedin in the Colts final.