pictured - Moe Clune Magpies appointed coach for 2013 season, along with the Little General Neil John Nisbet.

By Peter (Parra) Montgomery

The Magpies announcement of its 2013 coaching staff, and the recruitment of ‘new players’ for the Club, has me jumping out of my skin with excitement for the coming season.

The new players will bring the very best out of the outstanding youngsters already on the Club’s books, plus give the ‘established’ players an opportunity to display their silky skills.

Just imagine how Mitch Rosser, Pat Miller, John Payne, Lloyd Schulz and Ryan Gash will develop when they have big mobile forwards around them to reduce the defensive work load.

Ryan is a prolific point-scorer, and had a strong season in 2012, to pick up the most improved player award. No-one was in better form than Gashy at the back end of the year. 

All the young blokes need is 'belief in themselves' and the opportunities are endless for them.

Mitch, John and Lloyd already have good kicking games. Just imagine how much their kicking games will improve when they have time to 'think' about the placement.

Can you just see Patty Miller lurking at the back of a ruck, waiting to weave his magic close to the line.

Just imagine how talents like Shaun Aylett, Matt Whitehead, Daniel Booth, Scott Matthews and Jack Morrison can grow in stature and make their mark in senior football – after being dominant figures in the lower grades over recent years.

I get excited about how much the Hanna brothers – Tim and Jack – can learn from having experienced props like Moe Clune and Aaron Sweeney as their mentors.

The brothers have size and ability to go ‘all the way’ and represent in Group 20 and beyond.  All they need is the polish that being around quality players can supply.

Just imagine how much the mercurial Jermaine Dixon will have to offer with a little room to move - and he is given protection from his forwards – mind boggling.

I can visualise a fully fit Jamie Woods dominating the ruck area and delivering his pin point accurate passes to Shayne Kennedy – and the flyer Damian Kennedy; Players of the size and calibre of Simon (Pod) Parr and tackling machine Tuck McLean relishing the opportunity to let opposition sides ‘feel’ their toughness, without putting it on display.

How good can Harley Hey and John Weymouth be? They both are hard hitting defensive players.  I can see their defence becoming more 'lethal' with the example they will be shown by an increased level of intensity and fitness

I’m excited by the discipline and training ethic the new players and the coaches will bring into the Club.

A fit team, a settled  and a determined unit EXCITES me - and it should give you, the supporters, plenty of reason to feel excited about the new season. The Club has plenty of 'cattle' in its playing ranks, with plenty of competition for spots in the the grades.

Co-coach Neil John Nisbet has stated that "all playing positions are open for selection, no-one is guaranteed a place, and the training track and application will be the first indication of who wants to play - and who doesn't"

Training sessions will begin at the Park Oval on Monday, November 26. The Club intends nominating for a place in the pre-season West Wyalong Knockout which is held late February, 2013. The team will have just 110 days to get ready for it, fitness and combination wise.

BRING IT ON – Can’t wait…Don't you just hate the 'off-season"









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Positions Vacant –

Hay Magpies Rugby League Club

Players for Season 2015

Hay Magpies is currently seeking the services of players to join the Club for the 2015 season.

We will be fielding five teams; under 16s, under 18s, ladies league tag, reserve grade and first grade.
We primarily require the services of first and reserve grade forwards, but are keen to hear from any interested players.

We are a family orientated, enthusiastic and pro-active Club,

taking part in the Group 20 competition - affiliated with Country Rugby League on NSW.
Hay, in the Riverina area of NSW, is a small but vibrant community, which has a great history of welcoming newcomers to our community. We are currently experiencing an economic boom, with the construction of the world’s largest cotton gin now underway.

Hay Magpies will assist potential players with their relocation to Hay, by providing links to potential employers and housing providers, as well as forwarding any community information required (employment agencies, schools, medical facilities etc).
More information about our Club can be found on Hay Magpies

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Hay Shire Council’s website at hay.nsw.gov.au. 


has additional information regarding moving to rural NSW, including relation grants and financial assistance which potential players may be eligible for .
Living, working and playing in Hay, part of rural Australia, will assist international visitors and working visa holders successfully apply for a second year Australian working holiday visa.

Expressions of interest or questions regarding season 2015 should be forwarded to;
The Secretary
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club
PO Box 290
Hay NSW 2711

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