The 2016 Magpies turned in a ‘hot display’ to defeat ‘sister Club’ The Sunbury Tigers 58-8 at the Hay Park Oval on Saturday and claim the Ben Roarty Shield for the first time.
The Magpies have been on the end of heavy defeats at the hands of the Tigers in the past six occasions, but Saturday was the Magpies first time it could claim the honours.
The Hay Magpies league tag team contested the group 20 Amato Cup Grand Final on Sunday, against arch rivals Leeton, and came away from the game in Griffith hard fought winners of the 2015 season.
The Magpies won the match 12-4, with Rachael Pearson scoring two tries and two conversions
Hay Magpies have secured the services of Group 9 recruit Matt Wakefield, a 33 year old lock forward, who last year made his representative debut at number 13 in the Riverina side. The team ultimately won the AAMI Country tier Two Championships and Wakefield was also a notable mention in the Group 9 Team of the Year for 2015. His career started in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, onto Woy Woy and You
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club recently set up a players trust and futures fund to set aside funds for the future, from the proceeds of the successful 2015 Dustdrinkers BnS Ball.
Hay Magpies League Tag and under 18s contest first week of 2015 Group 20 finals series
The performance by the Magpies league tag and under 18s teams on Sunday in West Wyalong have seen both teams move into the finals series of the Group 20 competition. The under 18s will meet Waratah Tigers on Saturday in Yenda, while the league tag team meets Yenda in Griffith on Sunday.
The Magpies League tag victory over Griffith waratahs on Saturday sees the Hay team retain their number two position on the ladder, following ladder leaders Leeton’s close win over third placed Yenda.
The Waratahs had no answer to the skill and precision of the Hay side, despite attempting to physical intimidate the Magpies players with some aggressive tactics. To Hay’s credit the team refused to
Despite a shock loss to the Yenda league tag outfit in the first half of the season, the Magpies reaped a sweet victory on Sunday at Hay Park. Going into the game on equal points and sitting just above Yenda on the ladder the win sees Hay retain second place, while Yanco fell to fourth, behind a late moving West Wyalong.
The Hay under 16s side started Sundays round 15 games against the Hawks in Yanco with a solid win. Hay scored the first try, when a penalty saw the Magpies with the ball 30 metres from the try line. Great work by forwards Tim Edwards and Ben Arandt get the Magpies to within inches before the ball was turned over, however an immediate knock on by Yanco was scooped up by Jock Crighton to score.
The Magpies under 18s enjoyed a hard fought victory at Hay Park on Sunday, matching the toughness of the TLU Sharks to emerge with a 12 point winning margin to keep finals contention alive. The first try of the game came from a brilliant offload by Jayden Wall, onto Ethan Stoddart then Aaron McDougall who used his size and strength to push across the line. Stoddart and Wall combined again to send
In a grinding game of rugby league against Darlington Point at Hay Park on Sunday Hay Magpies first grade emerged the victors, in the clash Hay fans look forward to all season.
In wet freezing conditions Hay Magpies took on Leeton Greens at Leeton on Sunday. The first grade clash started off fairly evenly, with both teams concentrating on simple football in the slippery conditions until a loose Leeton ball was regathered by Harley Hey to turn around the direction of the play. Jye Thompson pushed forward hard before offloading to Simon Brittain who in turn sent a pass out
Veni Lafaele faced the Group 20 judiciary last Thursday, on a medium grade striking charge. Lafaele fought the charge, insisting he had not hit any player in the fiery clash against the Waratahs in Hay two weeks ago, and video evidence produced by the Magpies proved this.
Hay Magpies under 18s and league tag were the Club’s winners, in a day filled with mixed results and missed opportunities in other grades in games against visitors West Wyalong.
The league tag team continue their determined march towards finals with a win over the Mallee chicks, who sat above Hay on the Group 20 ladder. Hay started the game aggressively, attacking from the kick off until Rachael
The home town crowd rallied behind the Magpies teams on Saturday, with rare under lights action at Hay Park.
First grade hit the field determined to break their losing streak and keep finals chances alive. Waratahs Tigers were missing three representative players, as was Hay, with Jye Thompson in Mudgee for Bidgee Bulls matches. The game was physical and tough from the start, with 15 minutes pass
Tehuvi Mika, Luke Gras, Frank Gras and Robbie Longford led by example when Hay met the Yenda Blueheelers on Sunday in Yenda. Mika scored a double in the teams close victory, as did Captain Coach Lloyd Schulz and Shaun Aylett, and while Ryan Gash had an off day on the boot, kicking only 3 from 7 conversions, he added vital points with his own try.
The Hay Magpies league tag team blitzed their Yanco Wamoon opponents on Sunday at Hay Park, scoring an incredible 11 tries to run out winners by an amazing 52 point margin. Assistant Coach NJ Nisbet commented after the game that this is the Hay team’s largest winning score since entering the competition. Young guns Jessie Carter and Samantha Hutchison scored doubles, Megan Pearson crossed for her
Once again the Hay Magpies League Tag team emerged the sole winning outfit against the Tullibigeal Lakes United Sharks at Lake Cargellico on Sunday.
In the absence of captain coach Racheal Parson on the field, still recovering from dental surgery, twin Megan stepped up into the goal kicking role, and spent the day accumulating points – a total of 20 for the game.
Ebony Crighton defended well, to
The under 16s Magpies side set the tone for four tough games of footy action at Hay Park on Sunday, defeating Griffith Black & Whites 30 – 14.
“This was a good team effort from all and it was rewarded with a win. The boys listened to the instructions from me and assistant coach Andrew Simpson, of working together in defence and playing patiently in attack” Coach Ron Cowdrey said. “They listened a
Hay Magpies hosted a 'State of Mind' talk on Wednesday night, with 80 players coaches committee and community attending.
Ex NRL player Wayne Wigham from the Blackdog Institute presented, as did John Harper from Riverina Bluebell and local CA4SE representative Peter Dwyer.
The presenters outlined the symptoms of depression, shared personal stories and tools for dealing with the disease.
The Hay girls ran onto the DPC chicks home field and controlled the game from the very first whistle getting their first win of the season The Magpies girls extending their half time lead of 12 to 4 to keep DPC scoreless in the second half.
The whole team lifted, and Coach Rachael Pearson said “It was a team effort getting us the win. Our defence rattled DPCs attack, and our attacking set plays n
Hay Magpies first grade opened their Group 20 season with a convincing win over Leeton on Sunday.
A well placed chip by Moe Clune playing at 5/8 sent Caine Cotter over the try line early in the game. The first half saw both teams fairly easily matched; a cross field chip by Simon Brittain was gathered by Daniel Booth in goal to score, followed by a Clune try. On separate occasions Phil Crosby, Sim
The Hay Magpies under 16s were the Club’s most successful team at the Paul Kelly Memorial Shield knockout, held in Yenda on Sunday. Despite a first game loss to an aggressive Tullibigeal Lakes United outfit, the boys rallied in their second game against Yanco Wamoon, to give long-suffering coach Ron Cowdrey his first win since taking on the coaching role in 2014. Their results have earned them a s
Several Hay players travelled to Wagga Wagga last week to trial for a position in the Riverina Schools Sports Association teams. Toby Crighton was selected in the opens team, playing in the centres, while younger brother Jock will take to the second row in the under 15s team. Noah Hey was also successful in the under 15s selection trial, playing from the bench.
The Riverina teams selected at thes
Hay Magpies are seeking expressions of interest from local not-for-profit groups to man the gate at the popular Hay home games in 2015.
Wrap up of Magpies performance at their first ever Cootamundra Nines competition
Rugby League is 'up and running' for the 2015 season, with Hay Magpies playing Victorian Premiers Sunbury Tigers in an organised trial at the Park Oval on Saturday.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League squad has received an injection of 'new faces' and the return of some 'old ones' for the 2015 season.
The Club, despite losing several key players during the 'off season' has made some handy gains to add to its overall depth.
Hay Magpies player of the Year award for 2014 season was taken out by popular front row forward Simon (Pod) Parr.
The Magpies 2014 season will come to a conclusion on Saturday Night with the Club's Vote Count and Presentation Night to be held in the Memorial Hall commencing at 6pm.
The function is to be a Black Tie occasion, with a meal provided to those who responded by"RSVP" the Club's invitation within the required time.
The efforts of Hay Magpie players, Rachael Pearson, Phil Crosby, Kurtis Jackson, Mitchell Rosser and Jack Morrison during the Group 20 season were recognised at the Group's Presentation Dinner at Griffith Leagues Club last Friday night.
To use an old cliche`, sport was the winner in Hay on the weekend when eight teams participated in the Mick Huntly Memorial Masters Tournament at the Park Oval.
Players travelled long distances to be part of the weekend activities, which consisted of a round robin of matches - where each side played three games, where fun was the key indicator.
Mitch Mijok and Sam Ward both scored 20 points to head the point scoring list in the 'young' Magpies Under 16 season.
Most of the players are eligible for this grade for the next TWO seasons, and the attitude and experience the boys gained in the 2014 season will be of great benefit to their development - both as footballers, but more importantly, as young men.
The Magpies League Tag team had another successful season despite losing both matches in the final series.
The team stuck together all season, with good attendance at training and playing a terrific band of LeagueTag in a very strong and competitive competition.
Outstanding prospect, Jye Thompson, has topped the try and point scorers list for the Magpies Under 18 team in 2014.
Ryan Gash has topped the Magpies Reserve Grade Point scoring list again in 2014.
Ryan has been a prolific point scorer for the Magpies during its Group 20 days.
Mitch Rosser topped the Magpies First Grade try and scorers list for the 2014 season.
Hay Magpies first foray into the Group 20 XXXX Gold First Grade final series ended in disappointment at the Park Oval last Saturday, with the side eliminated by a switched on DPC Roosters, going down 42-24.
Griffith Waratahs Tigers emerged as a serious threat to the premiership aspirations of Minor Premier West Wyalong following a 50-8 disposal of a depleted Hay Magpies team at the ExServiceman's Oval Griffith on Saturday night.
The Hay Magpies have secured a place in the Group 20 First Grade finals, and a match at the Hay Park Oval, following a hard fought - but convincing 42-30 victory over Yenda Blueheelers in the pen-ultimate match of the home and away series played on Sunday.
On day when the weather was blowing like a 'ghost's breath', Bidgee Hurricanes thwarted the Hay Magpies hopes on consolidating a Group 20 First Grade semi final with a convincing 36-20 win at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday.
The Magpies had the opportunity to land a big fish on Sunday at the Park Oval when they had the TLU Sharks on the hook, but failed in the last twelve minutes to reel in a win.
The Premiers scored three converted tries in the last 12 minutes to snatch victory 40-30 over a Hay side that had probably done enough to take the points - but couldn't land the killer blow.
The Magpies were forced to tough out a win over Griffith Black and White Panthers at E W Moore Field Griffith on Sunday, and in doing so moved above Darlington Point /Coleambally Roosters on the ladder, with the Roosters surprisingly defeated by Leeton.
The Magpies recorded its third victory in succession taking the points 36-28 after a few anxious moments.
The Magpies avenged the last minute first round loss to neighbours Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters at the Park Oval on Sunday, scoring eight tries to four in its 42-22 victory.
The Hay Magpies Sporting Pulse site continues to be the BEST coverage of the Club's fortunes in the 2014 season, - just as it has been in the past six seasons.
The Magpies ended its poor travelling record in 2014 Group 20 XXXXGold season, by defeating Leeton Greens by 34-32 in a thrilling match played at Leeton Sportsground on Sunday.
A lot of mystery fiction stories start with the line - "It was a dark and stormy night".
The scene for the Group 20 Rugby League match at the Park Oval on Saturday night between West Wyalong and the Hay Magpies was a Dark and Stormy night with a few more adjectives like cold and damp thrown in.
The old Rugby League adage that a good big side will always beat a good little side was proven correct at the Hay Park Oval on Saturday night, when a big and physical Griffith Waratah Tigers scored a 24-12 victory over a smaller, and courageous Magpies team.
ay Magpies poor 'on the road' record in 2014 Group 20 competition, continued on Sunday, with the First Grade team missing an opportunity to skip two games clear of the sixth placed team.
The Magpies side, going into the match in fifth place, was beaten 38-26 by sixth placed Yenda at Wade Park Yenda, and is managing to hang onto its position in the 'top five' by virtue of percentage.
The match against Yenda Blueheelers at Wade Park Yenda next Sunday could be the most important match of the season for the Magpies First Grade team.
The Magpies are currently in fifth position on the ladder a win plus a good percentage (for and against) advantage over the sixth place Yenda side.
Hay Magpies celebrated Shayne Kennedy's historic 50th first grade game with the Club in Group 20, by recording a 24-18 victory over Bidgee Hurricanes at the Park Oval on Sunday and completing a 'town treble' of victories for followers of football codes in Hay.
Hay Magpies Bull Sheet Issue 10..Just a news letter keeping you up to date with my observations.
Don't take life so seriously. Enjoy being part of the Hay Magpie family...
Another dominating performance from the brilliant Jaden Kelly, paved the way for the Group 20 Premiers TLU Sharks to post a 52-18 victory over the Hay Magpies at Lake Cargelligo Sportsground on Sunday.
Bull-Sheet 9..Again this is a social read, light-hearted and done because I enjoy the Hay Magpies and writing.
Hay Magpies retained fifth spot on the Group 20 XXXX Gold competition ladder with a 52-30 win over Griffith Black and White Panthers at the Park Oval on Sunday.
Bull Sheet No 8...Items of interest to followers and supporters of the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club...
DPC Roosters led for just one minute and 33 seconds in the Group 20 XXXX Gold Rugby League match at Darlington Point on Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Magpies, the oneminute 33 seconds they were in front for, was the last piece of action in what was an enthralling game.
Saturday night football - can't say I'm a big fan, but I know it is necessary in the Group with it struggling for match officials.
The games at Darlington Point Oval on Saturday were played in wet and damp conditions, making identification of players on each side difficult, especially if you were on the far side of the ground - opposite the dressing sheds.
The Magpies and other community bodies in Hay, have a great chance to upgrade the Lighting on the Number 1 Park Oval - but if they want to take advantage of a Grant that is available for application - they will have to lodge it BEFORE May 30.
The Hay Magpies evolvement into a competitive Club in the Group 20 XXXXGold competition on Sunday chalked up another milestone, when the first grade team posted its first ever win of Leeton Greens at the Hay Park Oval.
There have been many great combinations in life.
Combines like The Lone Ranger and Tonto, Superman and Clark Kent, Ernie and Bert, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello and the two Ronnies (Barker and Corbett) are just some of them.
The Magpies can lay claim to having their own version of superheros " Batman and Robin" in Shayne Kennedy and Jermaine Dixon.
Bull-sheet....a way of keeping up with the not so important things with Hay Magpies.
Just my take on things. Meant to be FUN - light hearted banter.
The Magpies will be at full strength for the Group 20 XXXX match to be played at the Park Oval on Sunday - a match set aside for the Club to fete its long list of sponsors,
Clubs can't exist without sponsorship and support from the general public through membership, so the idea of a Sponsors Day is one way the Club can thank the business houses for continued support.
The Magpies Web Page continues to prove popular with followers of the Club.
It takes up to 200 hits per day - that's a lot of people keeping 'up to date' with the news.
Do you want to be PART of it by becoming a sponsor of the site ----get your message OUT THERE to the people who want to know what is going on with the Club
These are my views, and my views alone, and are not 'authorised' or sanctioned by any part of Hay Magpies Rugby League Club Inc.
The Bull-Sheet is a FUN Club newsletter. Hope you enjoy it...
The iconic NFL coach Vince Lombardi, like his southern hemisphere counterpart Wayne Bennett, held great stock in focusing on the things you can control and looking for advantage in those you cannot.
**The Magpies Club bade farewell to popular couple Max Edwards and (Sweet)Georgia Lee Brown on Wednesday as the couple completed their two year working holiday and have flown back to the UK to reunite with family and friends.
It was an emotional send off to the lovely couple who won the hearts of everyone they came in contact with.
Despite heavy defeats in the First and Reserve Grade matches, the opening round of the 2014 Group 20 season had plenty of positives for the Club. Excellent performances were put in by the Under 16, Under 18 and LeagueTag teams - well done to the players and the coaching staff for fantastic achievements.
This is the FIRST of a new look Bull-Sheet.
It will be a FUN "Bull Sheet" with tongue in cheek comments and observations from a person on the outside "looking in". These will be my views, and my views alone, and are not 'authorised' or sanctioned by any part of Hay Magpies Rugby League Club Inc.
A gallant Hay Magpies team was beaten in the Grand Final of the Group 20 Paul Kelly Memorial Shield by Premiers TLU Sharks on Saturday evening.
The Hay Magpies have made it through to the finals of the Paul Kelly Memorial Shield Group 20 Knockout competition to be played at EW Moore Oval, Griffith next Saturday afternoon.
The Hay Magpies showcased its new look team for the 2014 in a Rugby League trial against Griffith Black and White at the Park Oval on Saturday night and supporters would have been impressed by what they witnessed.
Group 9 powerhouse, Albury Thunder proved to be a class above the teams in the West Wyalong Knockout, taking out the final with a hard fought win over Wagga SouthCity Bulls, 16-12 after the teams had been locked at 6 all at half time.
Hay Magpies will break new ground with the Club contesting the rich West Wyalong Knockout Rugby League carnival at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong next Friday and Saturday.
The Hay Magpies Club is pleased to announce the signing of several new recruits for the 2014 season.
The players have all arrived and living and training in Hay and have created a huge impression during their short time in the community.
Sport is a great way of life. Playing it, being an administrator, a committee person, and just being involved is very satisfying.
I have been lucky enough to be involved with many sporting activities in Hay, - either as a Player, administrator, follower and reporter, and I have loved every minute of it.
Early Bird membership to the Hay Magpies for 2014 season is now open.
Membership is an important part of any Club. The Magpies have a great supporter base. No other sporting Club in Hay can attract 'passionate' supporters like the well renowned Hay Magpies. The Magpies have been proud to represent the Hay community since 1936.
I recall being at a match in 2004 with the Magpies competing against Rankins Springs Dragons in the old Group 17, with my older brother Paul, who had dropped into Hay to visit me.
Several members of the Magpie family provided a surprise makeover at the home of Lyn Price last Saturday morning.
The Magpie crew was led by President Donald Payne, and supplemented with 'volunteer' Rhonda Crighton and Lions Club of Hay members Frank and Pat Woods, worked for a full three hours to knock the yard into shape.
The yard had been overgrown with weeds and trees and had got beyond th
The Hay Magpies 2014 season is up and running with great turnout a the Clubs tri-weekly preseason training sessions.
Over 50 intending players have regularly attended, putting in solid efforts in an endeavour to be fit for the early matches.
Hay Magpies have completed its coaching appointments for the 2014 season, with star lock, Phil Crosby, elected as Head Coach.
The news of the sudden death of former Magpie premiership player (Young) Normie Hunt last week, was sadly received by the Club.
Young Normie was a tough young bloke who came through the ranks of the Junior Rugby League Club, and played in two premiership teams - 1975 and 1982.
Hay Magpies half back Max Edwards has etched his name in the Club's history, be being named the Player of the Year for the 2013 season.
Edwards who joined the Club this season from London Broncos in the English Super League, finished 5 points ahead of fullback Mitch Rosser (45), with lock forward Phil Crosby (34) a further eleven points away in third spot.
With the arrival in town this season of "fantastic" Phil Crosby as a school teacher and watching him throughout the year emerge as a brilliant player with the Magpies, it has me reminiscing about other teachers who came to town over the past 47 years I have been involved with the Club.
The Magpies Rugby League Club has been built on strong foundations, and over the years has produced many 'colorful' personalities who captured the imagination of the fans, not only here in Hay, but throughout the Riverina.
One of those blokes whom I admired so much, and had the privilege of playing alongside was the legendary Allen (Nugget) Schiller.
Hay Magpies players did well at the Process Printers Group 20 Awards Night held last Friday at Griffith Leagues Club.
The Club was well represented at the evening by a group of players and officials and their partners.
Mick Huntly would have been proud as the contest for the "Mick Huntly Memorial Shield" was all it was meant to be. FUN, laughs and mates having a good time.
This Magpies website continues to attract plenty of hits....59,573 over the past twelve months.
Great response, thanks to all Magpies followers and interested parties for your continued support
Hay will stage the inaugural Hay Masters Rugby League Tournament at the Park Oval next weekend.
Organisers have had a great response to the event, The Mick Huntly Memorial Shield - which is open to any player over the age of 35 irrespective of whether they have played Rugby League before, or never even touched a ball.
A well calculated, rough and tumble performance by TLU Sharks paid dividends at the Hay Park Oval on Sunday when the team produced 'in your face' defence to topple Group 20 minor Premiers Leeton Greens by 36-32 in an exciting major semi final.
The Magpies 2013 season was its best in Group 20, in regards to the FIRST GRADE team, but when I look back over the year, I come to the conclusion, It could have been better".
e Magpies 2013 season was its best in Group 20, in regards to the FIRST GRADE team, but when I look back over the year, I come to the conclusion, It could have been better".
The saloon passage into the Group 20 Rugby League Grand Finals is on offer at the Park Oval on Sunday, when Hay Magpies host the major semi-finals in First Grade, Reserve Grade, Under 18, LeagueTag and Under 16. Leeton will contest three of the five games -First Grade, Under 16 and League Tag; TLU will be represented in both First and Reserve Grades, DPC will play Bidgee Hurricanes in the 18s a
Toby Crighton, who was blooded into the Magpies senior side on three occasions in 2013, had a terrific season with the Under 16 team, being leading point scorer for the team with 58 points from eight tries and 13 goals.
Luci Lugsdin with nine tries was the leading try scorer for the Magpies League Tag team this season.
Twenty ladies - mainly rookies - fulfilled all obligations and enjoyed their participation.
Ryan Gash - with 90 points - was the leading point scorer for the Magpies Reserve Grade team; John Payne with 10 tries, the team's leading try scorer.
Stats for the past season, according to Group 20 records.
Mitch Rosser, with 190, was the Magpies top scorer for 2013; Max Edwards with 15 leading try scorer.
The Hay Magpies provided Max Edwards, Matt Whitehead and Scott Matthews with a win in their final games for the Club, defeating Griffith Black and White Panthers 56-28 in a torrid match played at Griffith Rugby Oval on Sunday.
The win was the Magpies sixth victory of the season with the team passing the 50 point mark in each win.
A second half collapse proved costly for the Magpies as they went down 52-14 to third placed TLU at Hillston Stan Peters Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies held a 14-8 lead at the break, but could not contain a rampaging Sharks side in the second stanza, with TLU dominating the final stages.
The Magpies Club tried hard, but was outgunned by competition leaders and Premieship favourites Leeton Greens at the Park Oval on Sunday, going down 42-10.
The Club dedicated the matches to three recently departed member of the Magpies Family - Wally McGufficke, Mick Huntly and Colleen Headon and supporters responded by turning out in force.
The Hay Magpies created a few new records at the Griffith ExServicemen's Oval on Sunday with a 56-34 victory over the Waratah Tigers.
The Magpies side was knocked about, pre-match, with the unavailability and late withdrawals of key players John Weymouth and William Copeland who pulled out of the game for family reasons.
Mention the name Wally McGufficke to any footballer who played with the Magpies in the mid to late sixties, or with any of the other Clubs in Group 17 during that era, and you will get the same response - RESPECT.
The Hay Magpies recorded its fourth win of the season - an impressive 50-20 victory over neighbours Darlington Point/Coleambally Roosters at the Park Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies led 26-20 at half time, and posted a further 24 points after the break while holding the visitors scoreless.
West Wyalong were prepared for the Hay Magpies at the Ron Crowe Oval on Sunday, with the aim of seeking retribution for the Rd 3 result that went to Hay. The Mallee men ran in 11 tries to 3 to record a resounding 60 - 16 victory. Reserves went to West Wyalong 60-18, Leaguetag WW 32-12 while Hay 16s had their first win of the season 34-8.
Hay Magpies co-coach (and off the field director) was left shaking his head following the Magpies 32-24 defeat at the hands of Bidgee Hurricanes at the Park Oval on Sunday.
He had just witnessed his side squander an eight-point-lead with ten minutes to go to allow the visitors to post three late tries.
The Magpies went ever so close to toppling second placed Yenda Blueheelers in the Group 20 Rugby League fixture at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday, but fell just short, going down 38-30 after a strong and spirited performance.
In Hay Magpies Rugby League circles, if a player has the blood lines of the "Curtis clan", you can be assured of two things.
Hay Magpies finished the first round of the Group 20 XXXX competition with a scrappy 62-26 victory over the battling Griffith Black and White Panthers at the Park Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies sit in sixth position on eight competition points, four points adrift of Bidgee Hurricanes and West Wyalong which are both on 12.
The Magpies enter the second round with a plus 6 difference in its for and against - the best position the Club enjoyed in its three seasons in Group 20
The TLU Sharks, beaten Grand Finalists in 2012, received an almighty scare from a Hay Magpies team which had rallied from an 18-0 half time deficit, to get within four points of the visitors, before conceding a late try to let its chances slip.
Undefeated Group 20 leaders Leeton Greens demonstrated to the Hay Magpies what it takes to be a successful first grade team in the 2013 competition, by handing out a 62-22 thrashing at Leeton Sportsground on Sunday .
Hay Magpies First Grade team crossed for fourteen tries in a Rugby League demolition of Griffith Waratah Tigers at the Park Oval on Sunday, winning the match by 78-12.
Hay Magpies failed to back up the strong win over Premiers West Wyalong at Coleambally Sportsground on Sunday, going down 34-24 to a solid Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters team.
The teams played for the “Mal (Macca) Curphey Shield, instigated a couple of season’s ago in memory of Mal who represented both Clubs before being tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in the early part of the 2000's
The coach was confident, the players were confident, and the faithful supporters were hopeful- but not even the most optimistic of all supporters could have predicted a 28 point thumping of the winner of the past two Group 20 - by a Club that finished with just one win - and the wooden-spoon in the 2012 competition.
When the full time hooter sounded, Hay Magpies had 50 points to their credit, compared to West Wyalong's 22
The Magpies First Grade team felt the full force of the Bidgee Hurricanes when the teams met in the second round of the Group 20 XXXX Gold competition at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday.
Yenda Blueheeler second row forward Tom Sellars turned in a powerhouse performance to lead Yenda to a crushing 54-18 victory at the Hay Park Oval on Sunday.
The long pre-season wait is over, and Magpies fans and players can get 'into' the Group 20 XXXX Gold competition with the Hay team taking on the strong Yenda Blueheelers in four grades at the Park Oval on Sunday.
Group 9 Rugby League Premiers, Albury Thunder, have taken out the Group 9/Group20 pre-season competition with a 22-18 victory over SouthCity at Equex Park Wagga on Sunday afternoon.
The Magpies Rugby League team will have its final hit out before the start of the 2013 Group 20 season - and it is a tough task - taking on Group 9 Premiers Albury Thunder at Leeton Sportsground on Saturday night.
The match is the Magpies second in the pre-season competition featuring teams from both Group 9 and Group 20.
Group 9 Club teams were dominant over their Group 20 opponents in the opening round of the InterGroup Challenge which commenced last Saturday.
Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters delivered a knockout blow to the Hay Magpies, scoring a converted try on the full time bell to eliminate the Magpies from a place in the Group 20 Paul Kelly Memorial Shield final at Griffith on Saturday.
The 'new look' 2013 Magpies team has been included in a pool containing Darlington Point/Coleambally Roosters and Bidgee Hurricanes for the Paul Kelly Memorial Knockout Carnival to be played at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday, March 10
The training sessions for the Magpies “Senior Grades” have been solidly supported by a core of players who seem assured of starting the season in the top 17, and believe me, the squad is looking very strong.
Hay Magpie fans and players appreciate the players who go about their business quietly and without fanfare.
The Club has had many such players in its ranks over the years - such as Patrick Bunyan, John Rosewarne, Laurie Edwards, Lionel (Keno) Garner in the 80s and 90s, and players such as Tuck McLean, Matty Price, Craig Millan, Jake Whitehead of this modern era.
Hay Magpies officials couldn't believe their luck when Shae Tamati came to the town looking for a game of Rugby League.
Shae, you see, has a huge career in Rugby, being a member of the famous All Blacks Under 20 World Cup winning team of 2009 - and was spoken about as a likely contender for a hooking spot in the Blacks 2015 World Cup squad.
Early Bird membership for the 2013 season are now available.
The membership can be secured by sending a cheque to the Hay Magpies Rugby League Football Club, P O Box 290, Hay 2711 with your full details or can be paid by direct debit on line.
The Hay Magpies 2013 Group 20 aspirations received a boost with the announcement that former Kiwi ‘hardman’ Quentin Pongia has agreed to play for the Club in the coming season.
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club and the community of Ivanhoe have waved 'good-bye' to David Steedman who has been transferred in his employment as a teacher to the far North Coast of NSW.
The draw for the Group9/Group 20 Pre-season Trials has been released.
Two of the better players to have worn the Magpies jumper are Club President Bert Matthews and long time junior coach Dean Whitehead.
Both Bert and Dean have never forgotten the enjoyment they derived from playing with the Magpies in the Club’s Group 17 days.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club is in full training for the 2013 Group 20 season, with co-coaches Moe Clune and Neil John Nisbet putting the players through fitness and defensive drills three nights a week.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club bade a sad farewell to two of its great achievers of the past couple of seasons with the departure from the town of Craig Millan and Emily Nelson.
One of the blokes who helped establish the Hay Magpies into a successful Club, both on and off the field, was Jim Little - the man his mates call “Fat Harry”.
Hay Magpies President Bert Matthews has confirmed the Club has signed former London Broncos utility player, Max Edwards, for the 2013 season.
There are two young props coming through the ranks of the Magpies Club that should have the Club fans drooling at the prospect of them both making it into the Senior sides.
Their promotion into First Grade selection contention could be a couple of seasons away. As the hair shampoo advertisement says “It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen”.
I am predicting that one of the Magpie players set to benefit by the influx of firepower into the Club for 2013 season, is mercurial half back Jermaine Dixon - the man known as “Lightning” to the strong legion of fans who support the Club.
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 Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has shown it is determined to make a mark in the 2013 Group 20 season.
The Club finalised its First Grade coaching for the new season with Moe Clune and Club “Player of the Century” Neil John Nisbet appointed as c0-coaches.
During the Magpies time as a member of Group 20 Rugby League organisation, the Club has been able to field competitive LeagueTag teams.
The sport has received great attention from the Riverina Development Coaches, as well as plenty of hard work put into developing the skills of the young ladies by local coaches.
The Reserve Grade team had a ‘shocker’ of a season, but it wasn’t all bad news for the Club.
Damien (Shag) Kennedy was pitched into the job after a few early games, and I must commend him for the work he did with his squad, taking into account the number of injuries that knocked the first grade side around during the year.
Continuing on the series of the Rising Stars in the Club, looking through the talent in the Under 18 team this season it is hard to see why it didn’t achieve greater success in the competition than it did.
Despite the Magpies lean season in 2012, the future still looks bright with many rising stars in the Club, and when they all align in a couple of years time, the Magpies future will be assured.
Hay Magpies Captain James (Tuck)McLean was named the Club’s Player of the Year for 2012 at the Presentation Night held at the Hay War Memorial Hall on Saturday Night.
Scott Hazlewood and Emily Tinker of the Area News have provided
excellent coverage of Group 20 all season.
Their coverage of the Grand Final day in the Area News of
September 17 gives a great account of the action.
Once upon a time, a lamb, a cat, a pig, and a little red hen lived on an old farm on a flowery hill surrounded by fields of golden wheat. One day, the Little Red Hen found some grains of wheat scattered in the barnyard. "Look what I've found!" she said to the other animals. "Who will help me plant these grains of wheat?
West Wyalong MalleeChicks defeated Hay Magpies 10-0 in the preliminary final of the Group 20 LeagueTag at Narrandera Sportsground on Sunday to put paid to the Hay girls hopes of a third successive Grand Final appearance.
The champion Leeton LeagueTag team is into its sixth successive Group 20 Grand Final following a strong 22-12 win over Hay Magpies in the major semi-final played at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong on Sunday.
The Hay Magpies Leaguetag team will be aiming for a Grand Final spot when it takes on the champion Leeton Greens at West Wyalong Ron Crowe Oval next Sunday.
The Magpies 36-30 victory on Sunday over Griffith Waratah Tigers was celebrated by Hay players, supporters and officials as a Grand Final victory.
Even though it was the First Grade team’s only victory of the season, and the team finished with the wooden spoon, try telling the loyal fans who watch every game that it was ‘just a win’.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League First Grade team posted its first win of the season, in the final match of the 2012 Group 20 competition, defeating Griffith Waratah Tigers 36-30 in a see-sawing match at Ex-Servicemen’s Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies were inspired by a big match from Jamie Woods who saved his best for last, contributing 16 of the team’s points with a try and six goals from six attempts.
The Magpies moved a game away from completing a very long season, going down 60-8 to Yenda Blueheelers at the Park Oval on Sunday.
It was the Club’s last home game for the season, and attracted another surprisingly good crowd.
The match day was highlighted by a good win by the LeagueTag team, and a competitive Masters match between Magpies/Yenda Old Boys against Sunbury/Magpies side, which proved to be highly entertaining.
The list of unavailable registered players for the match against Bidgee Hurricanes at Yanco Sportsground on Sunday was probably one of the big reasons the Magpies first and second grade teams suffered heavy defeats.
The highly rated Hurricanes made short work of the Hay team that had a full first grade squad absent from selection.
The need for a 'rebuilding' program to be put in place at the
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club was never more apparent than at the Park Oval
The lack of physical size again reared its ugly head as the brave
footballers representing the Club, capitulated in a twenty minute
period to a side that, through size, was able to run rough shod
The Magpies 'long season' continued on the weekend, with no wins
in the four matches contested again Griffith Black and White Panthers
Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters showed it is a Club going places in Group 20 with a comprehensive 48-12 victory over the Magpies in the local derby at the Park Oval on Sunday.
Leeton Greens were too strong for an undersized and inexperienced
Magpie First Grade team at Leeton Sportsground on Sunday
Former Hay Magpie premiership player, Geoff Joyce, is on his way up the coaching ladder in Cricket, recently being appointed Regional Cricket Manager for Central Queensland, based in Rockhampton.
Hay Magpies put in a gutsy effort against West Wyalong on Sunday,
but just didn't have enough heavy artillery to cause a ripple
in the Premiers hopes of going back to back in this season's
It is frustrating being a Hay Magpies supporter, so it is easy to imagine how frustrating it is to be a player or coach of the Club as it struggles its way through the Group 20 XXXX Rugby League competition.
In the Rugby League games, the Magpies were again ‘punching above their weight’ against one of the stronger Clubs in the Group, but to their credit, kept plugging away in each game.
New Club, Bidgee Hurricanes, blew into Hay on Sunday, and scored a crushing
victory in the first grade match, piling on six unanswered tries
in the space of fourteen minutes midway through the first half.
I wasn’t able to get to Lake Cargelligo on Sunday to watch the Rugby League Group 20 fixtures between Hay Magpies and TLU Sharks.
The Magpies first Senior Grade win of the season still eludes the team
but one gets the feeling that it is just around the corner.
The side is working hard on the paddock, but still making the
game breaking errors that are costing them dearly.
A 'pocket sized' Hercules is about to make his home town First
Grade Rugby League debut.
His promotion to the starting line up comes with the injury
hit Magpies still struggling for its first win of the season -
but he won't let anyone down...
The Magpies Rugby League Club is inviting all boys AND girls
who want to have a game of 'no pressure' football League and
League tag to come along to the Hay Park on Sunday for an
obligation free and cost free 'fun'.
Hay Magpies coach Rene Woods was furious at his team after
he had witnessed it squander a golden opportunity to snare
its first victory of the season at Coleambally Sportsground
It is sometimes hard to find positives when your Club gets rolled
in all five grades - but there were plenty of positives to come
out of the Magpies clash against Leeton Greens at the Park Oval on
Hay Magpies will meet 2011 Group 20 Grand Finalist Leeton, at the
Park Oval on Sunday.
The Greenie extracted revenge for its loss to Premiers West Wyalong
last week-end, beating the Mallee-Men 42-16, running away with the
match in the closing stages as the scores had been just 18-16
mid-way through the second half.
Simon (Pod) Parr was last man standing in the Hay Magpies Reverse Draw
held last Saturday at the Community Building.
Hay Magpies have had five LeagueTaggers named in the Group 20 Squad to play Group 9 at Equex Centre Wagga in the InterGroup fixture on April 28.
The Magpies Rugby League Club is calling on its supporters and followers to ‘do the right thing’ by the Club in 2012 - and get 'fair dinkum' in their support.
The Club is calling on everyone to become a member, and join in the benefits that go with being a member.
The Magpies made the long trip to Ron Crowe Oval, West Wyalong for the opening match of the new Group 20 Rugby League season.
The Club took four teams to the venue – it had five ready, but West Wyalong was unable to muster an Under 16 team and forfeited the points.
The Magpies put up creditable efforts in the Under 18s and Reserve Grade, recorded a terrific victory in LeagueTag, and went with the defending Premiers for the first thirty minutes of the game before wilting and going down 56-6.
The Hay Magpies entered its Under 18 side in the Group 20 competition in 2004. The Club had led a 'nomadic' existence for a couple of seasons, playing in the Goulburn/Murray Border competition, with no "age" football available then in Group 17.
The Magpies face a tough season opener on Sunday, travelling to Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong to take on the defending Premiers, West Wyalong Malleemen.
The memory of former Hay Magpies and Darlington Point Rooster Mal Curphey was honoured last Sunday, April 1, when Rugby League returned to Goolgowi Sportsground.
Hay and DPC Roosters played four matches on the day, with the Roosters victorious in three of the four matches to claim the Shield for the first time,
The trial came about as a result of hard work by the Goolgowi community and a vision by former Rabbitoh coach Paul Brown.
The Magpies LeagueTag team will contest the Coleambally Community Bank Group 20 Knockout at Darlington Point Sportsground on Sunday.
The draw has been released . Matches are fifteen minutes each way. The Magpies won the Knockout in 2011.
The XXXX Group 20 Draw for the 2012 season has been released. The Magpies start with a game against Premiers West Wyalong at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong on April 15th.
The Club's first home game is against 2012 runners-up Leeton Greens on April 29...
Rugby League is on again in Hay, with the Magpies playing its first pre-season trial for 2012 against VRL Premiers Sunbury Tigers at the Park Oval on Saturday night.
The Tigers were a little too good in the match, retaining the Ben Roarty Shield with a 54-30 victory in a high scoring encounter.
Over my 45 years of involvement by playing and watching the Magpies in action, I have seen plenty of players who could turn the course of a match by producing a ‘bell ringer’ in defence.
These ‘hit men’ had opponents looking for them around the rucks, and invariably took detours to get to the other side – or ignore the ball completely,
During my recent escapades on my mower, I have allowed my mind to drift into the past and conjured up some Magpies Rugby League players over the years who have made a huge impression on the sport, and on the culture of Rugby League here in Hay.
Hay Magpies 2011 champions, Craig Millan and Rachael Pearson have been nominated by the Club in the prestigious Hay Bowling Club "Sportsperson of the Year Award" which will be announced on Saturday night.
Rachael and Craig had 'standout seasons' for their respective teams and are congratulated by all members on their nomination.
On a good social night out how much would YOU spend on food and drink?
Would it be closer to $100 or closer to $50.
And do you have a chance to come home with the NIGHT OUT costing you NOTHING - as well as providing you with a chance to pick up $1000?
The Magpies Rugby League Club is to hold another "Monster Garage Sale" in the early weeks of February, and is seeking donations of goods – excess to your needs – to be included in the sale.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club hopes of a better 2012 season received a boost with one of its favourite sons, Jamie Woods, returning to the Club after spending 2011 with Yenda Blueheelers.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club is on the move towards the Group 20 XXXX Gold 2012 season with training under way for all grades, with sessions held at Park Oval on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6pm.
Coach Rene Woods has been pleased with the turnouts and the efforts being put in by all players.
“It is hard training this far out from the competition opener, but we are striving to be in the
The Magpies commenced its 2012 season training at the Hay Park Oval on Monday January, 2 under new Coach, Rene Woods.
With the temperature expected to peak at 41 degrees today a water bottle is a must.
When the going gets tough the tough get going.
As one football season finishes, and another is about to start, I find myself reminiscing about the times that have passed.
My mind wanders back to those wonderful stalwarts of the Magpies Rugby League Club and how proud they would be of seeing how the Club has developed and improved and how the seeds they helped plant have started to flourish and are starting to spread seeds of their own.
I imagine how the greats of the past would love to be over at the Park Oval on any given Sunday, offering their encouragement and always being supportive.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has finalised its coaching appointments for the 2012 season, reverting to a non-playing coach for the seniors, with Rene (Bomber) Woods named as First Grade coach.
Woods replaces Gareth Price, who the Club hopes to retain as a player for the new season. Price did not seek the coaching position and has fielded offer from several Clubs from as far away as Gladstone in Country Queensland.
Moe Clune will have control of the reserve grade, with 1995 premiership winning coach Jack Byrnes coming on board as mentor of the 18s, with Dean Whitehead coach of the 16s and Neil-John Nisbet again in charge of the LeagueTag.
I recently caught up with Nick Edwards- a bloke who deserves recognition as one of the Magpies All Time Greats.
He played for NSW Under 19 in State of Origin curtain raiser against the great Darren Lockyer, played in lower grade premierships with Eastern Suburbs, had a full season with Western Suburbs, before becoming an 'all time great' with Ryde Eastwood Hawks in the strong Sydney Second Division.
At age 14, he set his sights on playing top level in the toughest Rugby League competition in the World, and just six years later he made it. This is the story of Hay boy, Nicholas Edwards..a credit to his family, his home town and the Hay Magpies Club.
Don Payne has been re-elected unopposed to lead the Magpies Rugby League Club into the 2012 Group 20 season – as well as being endorsed as a Life Member of the Magpies Club for outstanding contribution as an administrator.
Skilful back rower Craig Millan added his name to the list of outstanding Hay Magpies players in the Clubs' 75 year history by claiming the 2011 Player of the Year Award at the Presentation Night held at Hay Services Club on Friday night.
The former Bellingen player made it a double for the evening after receiving the nod from his peers as the Players Player of the Year. He was a stand-out the Magpies first season as a Senior Club in Group 20, and confirmed all the 'wraps' placed on him by a team mate at a previous Club.
The Hay Shire Council has feted the Hay sporting heroes and champion winning teams with a Civic Reception at the War Memorial Hall this afternoon, Thursday, October 6.
The Civic Reception was attended by Members of the Holroyd City Council, a Council that has sister Council relationship with the Hay Shire.
Former Mayor John Perry, an ex Hay-ite and uncle of Former Australian Rugby League player Josh Perry, was instrumental in the two Councils forming an alliance after contacting former Mayor, and now Deputy Mayor, Mick Rutledge.
Leeton Greens ended the Hay Magpies dream of a premiership in the Group 20 Grand Final at E W Moore Oval Griffith on Sunday.
The Greens team notched its fourth LeagueTag Title in succession defeating the Magpies team 10-6, with the winning margin of four points being the biggest between the two teams all season.
The Leeton Irrigator and Area News have good features on the Group 20 Grand Final. The Irrigator had sold out this afternoon. Reprinted below is the article on the Hay V Leeton League Tag decider...
Scott Hazlewood (Area News) has interviewed Neil John Nisbet and has a comprehensive cover of the League Tag PLUS other Grand Final matches. Grab a copy at Hay Newsagency.
Just how good is your memory? Can you remember all the good times you had being involved with the Hay Magpies. It doesn’t matter if you were a player in ANY grade, an official or just a supporter…Your memory of involvement with the Club will be a good one.
The Club has that special ‘aura’ about it. You only have to see the faces on the supporters at the Park Oval any given Sunday..or the former Magpies players and followers who live out of town, wanting to know of the Club’s current standing.
This season, the Club’s 75th year in existence, and its first as a fully fledged member of Group 20 has been another successful season for the mighty Magpies. The Club secured a place in the final with its Under 16 team and a Grand Final spot, and hopefully a premiership, for the LeagueTag.
It could not have been possible however, if not for the constant and generous support of the Sponsors and business houses for 2011.
Hay Magpies dynamo, Rachael Pearson, dominated the LeagueTag awards at the "Process Printers Group 20 Awards Night" held at Griffith Leagues Club last Friday Night.
Rachael made it two "Player of the Year" Awards in a row with an amazing 18 vote margin over Leeton Green champion Erin Bonetti…herself a past winner of the Award and a champion in her own right.
The Magpies LeagueTag team is first into the Group 20 Grand Final following a 12-10 win over minor premiers and three times Champions Leeton, at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong on Sunday.
The Magpies Leaguetag side shrugged aside the disappointment of letting the minor premiership slip through its fingers - when held to a draw in the last of the home and away series - to bounce back to record a 32-4 victory over Griffith Black and Whites on Sunday.
An outstanding team effort, spearheaded by a 24-point haul by superstar Rachael Pearson, was the catalyst for the victory.
A season that promised so much for the Magpies Under 16 team, came to an end on Saturday when a well drilled Yanco-Wamoon combination proved just a little too strong in the elimination semi-final played at Darlington Point Sportsground
The point scorers for the Magpies Club in each grade have been listed.
The Club used plenty of players this season - $170 per player registration, lot of money outlaid.
Hay Magpies fans can look forward to the Group 20 XXXX Finals series with two of its teams – The Under 16 Grade and Leaguetag – qualify for spots at the completion of the ‘home and away’ series played on Sunday.
The Magpies travelled to Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong for matches against the iconic Country Club celebrating its century of involvement in the code.
Looking through the list of players who have turned out this season for the Magpies, I got to thinking what sides would I PICK, IF I was a selector for each grade, every player was available EVERY WEEK, and every player fulfilled their obligations to train twice a week.
The trend of players to choose IF AND WHEN they train is something the Club needs to address in future seasons if it is to progress.
To say the new boys in 2011 have been good value for the Club would be a gross understatement. They have been fantastic.
It seems like about a month ago - but it was actually four and a half years ago now - when the Magpies Club was running onto the Hay Park Oval to commence its Group 20 "adventure" against powerhouse Yenda Blueheelers way back in April 2007
Dylan Whitehead, one of the best prospects to come through the Club’s ranks has played his last game for the Magpies. I hadn't realised until his Mum, Julie, mentioned it to me at the post match function at the Services Club last Sunday.
Five excellent games of football, not a caution for foul play issued during the afternoon, several fantastic individual performances from players, good refereeing, an excellent crowd and beautiful playing conditions…what more could anyone ask for?
To quote the old cliché`, "Rugby League was the winner on the day"
The DPC Roosters won the four football matches played, the Magpies LeagueTag team put itself just a win away from the minor premiership with a good 52-4 victory over the Point girls.
A long time ago, in another life when I was Sports Editor of the local newspaper, I was sent an interesting article written by Glenn Scott who was at the time, Marketing Manager of the Victorian Country Football League.
I came across the article again when looking for something else. The article was very good, and true to the point and with Finals football about to start up in all codes of Football – Senior and Junior grades, it is worth revisiting, just to get the message Glenn was trying to get across.
Hay Magpies star Rachael Pearson has become the first Group 20 LeagueTag Player to pass the 150 point tally in the competition following her 20 point haul in the Magpies 44-4 win over Griffith Waratahs on Sunday.
Rachael crossed for two tries and added six conversions to take her season tally to 152 points in a performance that has the team on track to claim the minor premiership for 2011.
Rachael has crossed for 19 tries and landed 38 conversions in her thirteen games this year
Yenda Blueheelers and the Hay Magpies Rugby League Clubs go back a long way.
The Blueheelers in the modern era, (post 2006) have been a great assistance to the Magpies smooth entry into the switch from a struggling Group 17 into the ‘big brother’ Group 20 competition.
The Hay Magpies Club made the long trip to Lake Cargelligo on Sunday, fulfilling its obligations of fielding five teams on the day, but apart, from another outstanding win by the LeagueTag, came home with an empty bag.
All sides were without key personnel, with players either struck by illness, apathy, or unavailability.
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The call is out for all Hay Magpies - past and present - to join up as a member of the Old Boys Association.
The Club boasts almost 80 members at the moment, but sadly most reside ‘out of town’.
The Old Boys Association is looking to past players and officials to come into the fold and show your support for the Magpies Club.
Hay Magpies coach Gareth Price dragged himself out of his sick bed to lead the Magpies to a convincing 40-14 win over Griffith Black and Whites at the Park Oval on Sunday.
It was an inspirational display by the former Welsh International who was forced to leave training early on Friday night, and spent all day Saturday in bed with a stomach virus, that prevented him from keeping food down.
As late as Sunday morning he was in doubt, but after arriving at the ground declared himself ‘right’ to play.
And right he was.
Hay Magpies coach Gareth Price is looking forward to the match when his side can put together two halves of quality football.
"That will be the day when we come together and show the rest of the Group that we can compete at this level.
"We need to come into games switched on and play what is in front of us, instead of getting ahead of ourselves.
"We need to concentrate on our ball handling, and eliminate the silly mistakes that have dogged our performance in the past couple of rounds", the coach said.
The Magpies LeagueTag team bounced back from its narrow loss to Leeton at its previous start to put Yanco Wamoon to the sword winning the match 38-0.
The Magpies Under 16 team found the Yanco-Wamoon Hawks just a lttle too good in an outstanding game played under lights at the Park Oval on Wednesday night.
A surprisingly huge crowd attended the match, with cars parked right around the perimeter of the Oval, and a grandstand full of enthusiastic Rugby League supporters to watch the up and coming stars in action. And what a great display of Rugby League they were treated to by both teams.
If the Hay Magpies first grade team was to received its half yearly report card after the match against Leeton Greens at the Park Oval today, it would be pleased with what it contained.
One of the most basic requirements in Rugby League football is to understand that the most crucial periods in the game are the five minutes before and after half time - and that concentration is needed to fulfil the first set of six after a try has been posted by the attacking team.
Failure of the Hay Magpies to pay heed to those unwritten laws of the game cost the team dearly in its 52-16 loss to unbeaten competition leaders West Wyalong, at the Park Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies were well in the contest up until a minute before half time, trailing by just two points with Craig Millan scoring a terrific try to bring the score to 12-10.
The Hay Magpies team managed to out fumble the Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters at Coleambally Sportsground on Sunday, and, as a result, dropped any chance of taking the competition points on offer.
Roosters won the match 26-16 after the scores had been locked at 6 all at half time
Rugby League in Hay has always been a sport that has relied on community and family support. Same as any sport in Hay.
Without such support, sport as we know it - could not happen. The passion and pride we have for our sporting teams would be non existant.
Don’t ever under estimate the input and sacrifices families make to encourage the kids to be active participants.
The Hay Magpies created further history for the Club with a 40-26 win over Griffith Waratah Tigers in the Group 20 Rugby League match played at the Park Oval on Sunday.
It was the Magpies first win of the season, and to make it all the more special, it came over the defending Premier, Griffith Waratahs.
Admittedly, the Premiers were without star players Ben Jeffrey, Danny Graham and coach Kodie Charles, who were on the sideline injured, and lost tough as teak prop Enoch Tia during the course of the game.
Jessie Jackson has always been good at LeagueTag. Her ‘bloodlines’ indicate that she has that competitive Jackson spirit.
The spirit that enables her to keep going when the odds seem stacked against her. The spirit that made her father, her grandfather, her Uncles and her cousins such high profile sports personalities in the Hay area.
Her dad, Neil, was a champion cricketer and Australian Rules player, and now he is close to being the best golfer in Hay.
Her mother Julie was a champion swimmer. Julie could rip through the water like a fish. She was the holder of school championship records and titles during her time at Hay War Memorial High School.
Competitive because she disciplined herself in her training regime.
Casting an eye over the Magpies playing squad, it is easy to come up with a group of young players who are destined to be "Stars of the Future" in Rugby League circles for many years to come.
In the current Under 16 squad, Shaun Aylett is displaying ability and vision way beyond his experience.
An added bonus for Shaun is that he is a leader – a player of vision who can inspire his team mates with a dazzling piece of attacking play, or a thundering hit in defence.
AND probably the most important quality - he is a team player.
The Yenda Blueheers, a Club that has been built on success and professionalism over the past decade or so produced a powerful performance to blitz the Hay Magpies 54-0 at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday.
The Blueheelers had pace all over the Park, and a huge pack of forwards that bent the Hay defensive line every time it ran the ball.
The Jayden Kelly coached TLU Sharks again showed a liking to the Hay Park Oval to dish out a 44-14 hiding to the Hay Magpies in the Group 20 Rugby League match on Sunday.
Kelly confirmed his status as one of the best players in the Group with a dominant performance helping himself to 28 points with four tries and six goals from eight attempts.
His 28 point haul comes on top of the 32 points he scored against the Magpies in the opening match of the 2010, giving him an amazing tally of 60 points in his two appearances on the Park Oval.
Hay Magpies players and supporters will have the first taste of Sunday football this weekend with the locals taking on the highly rated Tullibigeal Lakes United Sharks at the Hay Park Oval.
Five games of football will be contested with the first game, the Under 16s, to kick off at 11 am.
TLU are strong right through the grades, with each side figuring in the top section of the competitions.
Hay Magpies went close to recording its first victory in First Grade in Group 20, but failed to overhaul Griffith Black and White at Griffith Rugby Oval under lights on Saturday night.
The home side won the game 36-32 after the Magpies had led 16-14 at half time.Griffith bounced out of the blocks in the second half to move out to a 30-16 lead before a Magpie fightback that narrowed the gap to 30-26 going into the final ten minutes.
Luke Farmer crossed late in the match for the Griffith side and converted which took the score out to 36-26, before Magpies rookie half back Mitchell Rosser scooted over under the sticks and converted to give his side a glimmer of a chance, trailing 36-32.
Another sizzling performance by an experienced half back was the catalyst for Yanco-Wamoon Hawks 52-20 victory over the Magpies in the Group 20 Rugby League match played at the Park Oval on Saturday.
The Hawks highly skilled Willie Newton had a ball against Magpie rookie No 7 Mitch Rosser, and, apart from organising the play around the rucks, bombed the Magpie outside backs with well placed kicks, which led to several tries. or gained much ground position..
Leeton Greens, the pre-season competition favourites, showed Hay Magpies the standard it has to achieve to be competitive in the Group 20 First Grade competition.
The Greens handed out a shellacking in the opening round posting 92 points to the Magpies 12 in the Round One match played at Leeton Sportsground on Saturday night.
It was the biggest tally of points scored against the Magpies since the late 1990s when the Club was struggling in Group 17.
With the 2011 season due to kick off on Saturday, interest in the Magpies preparations is reaching fever pitch.
In the the six months since the end of last season, this website has had 29,282 hits...AND that's before a ball has been kicked.
The Magpies entry into Group 20 was not welcomed by all Group 20 Clubs with West Wyalong and Griffith Waratahs speaking out and voting strongly against it.
BUT most Clubs could see the need for an injection of new blood into the competition, and the history proud Hay Magpies was seen as a Club the Group could persevere with, and in the long run, Rugby League would be the winner.
History of the Magpies (Part two) Continuation of the establishment of the Hay Magpies into a proud proud Club, with a proud proud record and tradition
For the people of hot, dusty Hay in southwestern NSW, Rugby League is not just a game; its part of folklore.
The people who have built their homes on the parched, treeless plains around Hay are a unique breed tough, resilient and fiercely proud, yet good humoured and quick witted.
Hay is justifiably proud of its Rugby League Club the Mighty Magpies. Proud of what it had done in Group 17, and proud of its step forward into Group 20 at the start of the 2007 season.
The Hay Magpies entry into the Group 20 season as a fully fledged Club, co-incides with the 75th year of formation of the Hay Rugby League Club.
The 2011 players and supporters enter the new era backed up by great success and the strength of the resilient community of Hay providing encouragement at every opportunity.
The Magpies Rugby League Club is urgently in need of furniture to furnish a flat set aside for the pending arrival of two (quality) players to the Club.
From this Saturday April 9, to commemorate the Clubs entry into Group 20 as a ‘fully fledged’ organisation with a ‘full hand of teams’, the Magpies are offering a TWO FOR ONE deal with the Pie in the Sky Tee Shirts.
The Magpies season in Group 20 as a fully fledged Club commences in earnest on Saturday when the Club takes FIVE senior teams to Leeton Sportsground to meet the Leeton Greens, a Club that has dominated the Championship over the past decade.
The Greens have been in great pre-season form under non playing coach Simon Watson, winning the West Wyalong Knock Out, and performing very well in the recent Group 20 Paul Kelly Knockout competition.
The Hay Magpies Club will be represented by eight players at the Riverina Selection trials to be held at Griffith Rugby Oval next Saturday, April 2nd.
Matt Miller and Daniel Booth have been named in the Group 20 Under 16 side, Mitchell Rosser and Dylan Whitehead in the Under 18, with Rachael and Megan Pearson, Luci Lugsdin and Jessie Jackson selected in the League Tag team to be coached by Neil John Nisbet.
The Group 20 XXXX 2011 season commences on the weekend of 9-10 April, with the Hay Magpies travelling to Leeton Showground for the opening round.
The Hay Magpies Leaguetag team has raised the bar for the 2011 season with a thrilling 14-12 victory over the champion Leeton Greens team in the final of the Group 20 Knockout competition played at Darlington Point on Sunday.
The win was the Magpies first victory over the Greens, the Club that has dominated the LeagueTag competition for the past three seasons.
The Magpies LeagueTag team will be playing for places in the Group 20 representative team when it contest the 2011 Knockout competition at Darlington Point Oval on Sunday.
The Hay Magpies Senior and Under 16 teams failed to make it into the second round of the XXXX Group 20 Knockout Carnival after defeats in the preliminary rounds played at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday.
With the hype of the Pie in the Sky now behind us, the time has come for the Club and its players to get their minds and bodies into focus into what is going to be a very difficult, but exciting year as a full Club in Group 20.
The standard of football in FIRST GRADE is going to be a lot higher than what the Club has experienced over the past four years.
The community of Hay, the sporting public of Riverina, the fans of the Hay Magpies and the kids of the Murrumbidgee Rugby League "Catchment Area" were give memories that will remain with them forever as they recall the weekend when the ALL STARS came to down.
The events were all well attended and everyone in attendance would have left the functions thinking "Wow, how good was that".
The man who introduced Pie in the Sky football into Hay Magpies Rugby League Club, and brought a lot of the greats back into the game in the bush, Ken Beissel has been inducted into the Hay Magpies Rugby League Hall of Fame.
Ken becomes the 17th member of the exclusive Club and fittingly, was inducted into the Club in front of a crowd of over 400 Rugby League supporters which included some of the greatest names in the game.
The Magpies also took the opportunity to present Michael Johnston with his induction, anbd both these greats of the Club were acknowledged with standing ovations.
Hay Magpies champion, Neil-John Nisbet has become the sixth member of the Hay Sporting Hall of Fame with his induction made at the Sportsperson of the Year Awards held at the Hay Bowling Club on Saturday night.
He joins the late John B Lugsdin (Golf), Robert Howard (Australian Rules) Jack Headon (Down the Line Clay Target Shooting) Lurleen Mitchell (Equestrian) and Jack Bisset (Soccer) as members of this exclusive Club.
Neil-John’s contribution both on and off the field make him a worthy additionIn a Rugby League career that spanned four decades - and is still going - his contribution has never been less than 100%
A week out from the ‘Pie in the Sky VI – Rubbing Shoulders with Champions’ match, the Magpies Club fielded probably its biggest training session in decades.
Over 40 players were put through their paces by coaches Gareth Price and Shayne Kennedy, the regular trainers joined by an impressive of forwards who have signed on to play from the Robinvale area.
The Magpies have submitted three nominations for consideration by the Judges of the Hay Sportsperson of the Year Award. Jermaine Dixon, Rachael Pearson have been nominated for the Senior and Junior Sections, with the Under 18 premiership team put forward for consideration as the HAY SPORTING TEAM of the Year.
Injury to halfback Ricky Stuart, and the unavailability of David Peachey and Darren Smith has forced selectors to make a few changes to the DRH All Stars line-up for the Pie in the Sky VI - Rubbing shoulders with champions" clash against the Hay Magpies on Saturday March 5.
Former Raiders premiership winger Ken Nagas has been drafted into the team, whilst the selectors have sounded out a couple of greats of the games as replacements for Stuart and Smith.
During the Hay Magpies Pie in the Sky program over the past five seasons, one of the most popular players with fans and team mates has been Shane (Billy) Millard.
Danny Nutley had a well-earned reputation as a hardworking prop during his Rugby League career.
When the curtain came down on his 11 year career, “Nuts’ had racked up an incredible 273 senior games, playing in the toughest position, in the toughest competition in the world – a tribute to his durability and fitness levels.
The Rugby League Pie in the Sky 'super weekend' planned for 3-4-5-6 March, has captured the imagination of the National Media, and will provide great exposure not only for the Magpies Club, but also for the town of Hay
The Magpies Club is pleased to announce National Sports broadcaster, ABC Grandstand, has signed on to call the match live throughout NSW and Queensland from the Hay Park Oval.
The kids of the Hay Under 16 team in the early part of this century – the players officials saw as the future of the Club – will help realise ‘the dream’ when the Magpies make the huge step up to First grade football in 2011.
When I first lobbed into town in 1966, looking for a game of football, among the first two blokes I met were Wally McGufficke and Vince Fagan. They were from ‘the outback’, the little Village of Oxley.
Oxley was a community a lot like Maude and Booligal. Oxley boasted a Pub, a school and maybe even a general store.
Hay Magpies pocket rocket Lloyd Schulz is ready to burst on the scene to make his mark in senior football.
Lloydie has wowed Hay supporters with his skills and toughness over his Junior career, and now he is ready to take those skills into the top grade
The Pie in the Sky Rugby League matches have become an integral part of the Magpies season since Raiders players put their ‘hearts and souls’ in the success of the idea.
When one of the All time greats of Rugby League puts his hands up to come out and promote the game of Rugby League, you know you have a very special occasion on your hands.
Laurie Daley took about five minutes to agree to play in the David Reid All Stars game – and that was five minutes to check his diary to see if the date fitted into his busy schedule.
I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation..it's a profound thought....How every person is a new door, opening up into other worlds.
Two past Hay Magpies coaches, Geoff Snowdon (1966-1969) and Ken Beissel (1979) had a lot to do with two of the David Reid Homes All Stars members, well, before they became All Stars.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has announced the signing of former Welsh International prop, Gareth Price as Captain Coach of its Senior side for the entry into Group 20 First Grade in 2011.
Price has agreed to terms for the Club's entry into First Grade and will move to Hay next weekend, and with co-coach Shayne Kennedy and conditioner Robe Anderson, will oversee the Clubs preparation.
When I was a young bloke growing up in the western suburbs of Sydney, one of my neighbours and best mates was a bloke named Keven Geyer.
We did all the things kids did, we played Soccer together on Saturdays, we engaged in street cricket every opportunity, using a garbage tin as a wicket, a pick handle for a cricket bat, and a cork cricket ball.
We had the other kids in the street take sides, and used our sisters as ‘fetchers’ of the ball.The house across the street was a dangerous place to live.
The Magpies Club is in full training for the start of the 2011 season, with conditioner Rob (Fruity) Anderson putting the boys through torrid sessions.
The senior players led by Jermaine Dixon, Simon Parr, Danny Byrnes, Shayne and Damien Kennedy and David King have been very impressive with their fitness work,
But, it has been the new crop of players who have really taken the eye.If early season training is any guide, the younger grades will be very strong again this season.
The appearance of Melbourne Storm legends, Marcus Bai and Matty Geyer on the flanks of the David Reid All Stars team to play in the Pie in the Sky match at the Park Oval on March 5, is sure to revive plenty of memories of just how great these players were in their ‘heyday’.
Tickets are moving fast. They are available at several outlets around town - Commonwealth Bank, Lugsdin Toyota, Mackers Meats and others - as well as on line www.haymagpies.com.au (Use Internet Explorer browser)
Has there ever been a more graceful sight on a Rugby League field than the mercurial David Peachey in full flight?
The former Dubbo product delighted fans all over the Rugby League world with his pace, deceptive running and ability to sniff out a try.
What a coup for the Hay Magpies and David Reid Homes CEO Ken Beissel to snare both 2011 State of Origin coaches Mal Meninga and Ricky Stuart, the Indigenous All Stars and Country Coach Laurie Daley, Rugby League Immortal and former Australian and Queensland Origin coach Arthur Beetson, and current Canberra Raider and assistant Australian Kangaroo coach David Furner, to PLAY on the Hay Park Oval.
Big Mal said to Ken "why don't you put together a All Stars team to play Hay, I'll play and captain the team, but I want to play five eight"
How could you say "No" to that ?
Over the next couple of weeks, I will publish stories on the David Reid Homes All Stars team that has been assembled to allow Rugby League fans out here in the bush the opportunity to re-live old memories.
The All Stars team is the greatest collection of champions in one place, giving up their time freely to promote the code, assist Rugby League in attaining a high profile, and providing lasting memories for the older and newer sports supporter.
The interest from all over NSW and Interstate has been incredible.
The First Release of Package tickets (400) - Game/Sportsmans Night were snapped up in record time, forcing the Club to make arrangements for a further 250 available by providing a Marquee to make the function even bigger.
The Magpies Rugby League Club is lucky to have a bloke like Rob (Fruity) Anderson in its ranks as a fitness, conditioning, strength and wrestling coach.
He is regarded as the fitness guru in town, and his work with the players, especially the Under 18s in 2010, played a big part in the success that came the Club’s way over the past couple of seasons.
The outstanding talent that has risen to the top in local Rugby League represents the future of the Magpies Club.
The Under 18 premiership win in 2010 revealed that many of the outstanding junior footballers are ready to achieve their full potential in the next two and three years.A major part of the premiership team will made progression into Reserve Grade in 2010, and a lot of those young men, will get a taste of First Grade football this season.
I have been on to most of the David Reid Homes All Stars players enquiring about their training schedules for the Pie in the Sky Festival of Football in March.
Canberra Raiders and Australian Kangaroos Assistant coach David Furner sent me a copy of his training routine
The history of the Hay Magpies is littered with many players who were not only outstanding footballers, but characters in their own right.
Blokes who helped create a Club that is famous for its spirit, proud of its past, and confident about its future.
Ken Beissel has switched Corporate teams to join housing franchisor David Reid Homes Australia as CEO, after more than a decade with Cavalier Homes.
Mr Beissel takes the reins with a game plan to expand the David Reid Homes Australian franchise network from its current line-up of six to "70 or 80 within three to four years."
Hs track record in both the business and sporting arenas suggests this objective is no ‘Pie in the Sky’.
Tickets to the David Reid All Stars Hay Magpies Sportsman's Dinner to be held at the Hay Services Club after the 'big match' at the Park Oval on Saturday March 5, have almost been completely sold, and, as expected, a capacity crowd will be in attendance.
Club Treasurer, Jenny Payne said on Wednesday morning, that fewer that 50 package tickets remained, and that, unfortunately, due to the size of the venue, no more tickets could be made available.
Ever wonder how coaching a team to glory in the State of Origin or at a National level would feel?
Have you ever wondered how winning a NRL premiership, scoring the winning try, or landing the winning goal would rate in your memory?
The Sportsman's Dinner will give you the opportunity to hear the players who have been there, done that, give their views.
Package Tickets for the David Reid Homes All Stars match v Hay Magpies to be held on Saturday March 5 and the Sportsman’s Dinner to follow will go on sale in the next seven days, and are expected to sell faster than Tickets to a Beatles Concert.
Former Hay Magpie juniors, Levi Freeman-Quay, Zac Redfern and Solo Alone have been in the Rugby League news in recent weeks.
The appointment of Ricky Stuart as coach of the NSW State of Origin team for the next two seasons adds the "X Factor" to the 'David Reid Homes' All Stars v Hay Magpies Pie in the Sky match to be played at the Hay Park Oval on March 5.
The Magpies Club is seeking players and coaches for its team in the 2011 season.
The Hay Magpies conducted its Annual General Meeting at the Hay Services Club on Sunday with sixty-three members providing the Club’s 2010 executive with a ringing endorsement, by voting for their re-election.
Three 'stars' of the Hay Magpies Under 18 Premiership winning side, have been presented with great opportunities to further their football careers. Dylan Whitehead and Hola Fitekefu recently trialled for a place in the Melbourne Storm S G Ball Cup squad (Under 18) and Mitch Rosser has gained a place in the Riverina Academy team to train in the off season under elite coaches as a member of the Academy squad for the 2010/2011 season.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has lost a star player from its ranks with the transfer of star lock Phil (Bullet) Bastow with his employment
as a Highway Patrol Officer to Sydney.
The week is being dubbed the AllStars Rugby League Festival.
It will all happen in Hay on 3-4-5-6 March, and the town will become the focus of the sporting media and publicity, with the event assured of attracting maximum exposure for the Rugby League fraternity, Hay Magpies. Group 20 Riverina Division and the community of town.
GROUP 20 has sent a strong message regarding violent conduct in its competition with nine Waratahs under 18s players banned from the game for an incredible 140 weeks combined this week.
The massive suspension was handed down after a specially convened two-night judicial sitting, which saw 10 Tigers players charged with varying incidents from the violent on-field brawl at the end of their grand final against Hay on September 12
The AllStars greats who will be travelling to Hay for the Pie in the Sky match to be held on March 5, 2011 have all expressed the same sentiment..."Can't Wait"...
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club wrapped up another big season with a successful Presentation Night held at the home of its major sponsor, Hay Service Club on Saturday evening.
The evening attracted a ‘full house’ with over 220 Players, officials and supporters attending to pay tribute to the athletes of the Club who provided the followers of the code with many memorable on field occasions.
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has acknowledged the outstanding contribution Michael Johnston made to Rugby League in this community, by inductee him into the Club's Hall of Fame.
The induction was announced by Club President Donald Payne before a packed house at the Annual Presentation Night last Saturday.
The Legends keep lining up for the David Reid All Stars match to be played at Hay Park Oval against the Hay Magpies on March 5.
It has now been confirmed that former Australian Coach Ricky (Sticky) Stuart has agreed to be part of the Football Festival which is set to attract record crowds to Hay, and be the perfect springboard for the Club's entry into Group 20 as a fully fledged body.
The Magpies LeagueTag team was beaten by the champion Leeton Greens team by 6 tries to 3, in a match that featured the silky skills of Leeton’s Erin Bonetti and Magpies Rachael Pearson, the pace of Hay’s Luci Lugsdin and the Greens Gabe Hurst, and the will to win by both teams as they turned on a great exhibition for the large crowd.
The Leeton side has played in all LeagueTag Grand Finals contested in Group 20, and Sunday’s premiership win was the Greens third in succession.
The Magpies are the Group 20 Under 18 Premiers following a well executed win over minor Premiers Griffith Waratah Tigers at Griffith Rugby Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies team was sent onto the paddock with a plan involving “Defence, Discipline and Determination” and running their bigger opponents around.
Press coverage of the LeagueTag Grand Final between Hay Magpies and Leeton Greens indicate what we all know. This is going to be a match to be seen.
Leeton looking for a Three-peat of LeagueTag success in Group 20.
The Magpies are chasing a premiership double when its Under 18 and League Tag girls compete in the XXXX Group 20 Grand Finals at Griffith Rugby Oval (opposite the Leagues Club) on Sunday.
Both teams are in with good chances. The Under 18s play Griffith Waratah Tigers, LeagueTag up against the champion Leeton Greens.
The Hay Magpies Under 18 and LeagueTag team recorded memorable victories in the preliminary finals played at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday.
The Senior side was eliminated by minor Premiers Yenda in a match where the full time score of 34-18 did not tell the full story,
The Hay Magpies stocks have received a huge boost on the eve of the preliminary finals with four of the Club’s champions achieving recognition at the Group 20 Awards Night held at Griffith Leagues Club on Friday Night.
The Club had four players invited to the function, and the four were each acknowledged as the best in their competitions.
The three Magpie team secured wins in the elimination semi finals at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong on Saturday to win spots in the Grand Final Qualifiers at Wade Park Yenda next Sunday.
The Magpies – Yenda Under 18 match produced another epic encounter between two evenly matched teams before the young Magpies snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a thrilling try in the dying moments.
In LeagueTag, the Magpies turned in what coach Neil Nisbet described as ‘their best effort of the season’ with a 4-0 shut out of the very good Yenda team, in a physical match.
In the seniors match, the Magpies produced a courageous effort to thump Leeton 34-12 after leading 18-12 at half time.
The Magpies teams suffered defeats in the Qualifying semi finals at Leeton Sportsground on Sunday, and will join the LeagueTag girls in elimination semifinals matches at West Wyalong next Saturday, in an effort to keep their season alive.
Rachael Pearson and Beau Dunne topped the list of point scorers in the League Tag and Under 16 competitions
Rachael crossed for 22 tries for 88 points in just 13 games, and Beau managed to score 20 points from 3 tries and 4 goals.
Ryan Gash, the goal kicking centre in the Under 18 team, finished as the Club's top point scorer with a neat 100 points recorded in the home and away series.
Jamie Woods and Jermaine Dixon both scored 96 in Seniors, with Jermaine crossing for 24 tries.
The Hay Magpies had a mixed day when it hosted Griffith Waratah Tigers at the Park Oval on Sunday.
The match was the final game in the home and away series and the Club will be represented by three teams in the final series. The Senior team finished in third position despite the loss, the Under 18 side was runner-up to Waratah Tigers, while the League Tag, finished third on competition points with Yenda, but fourth on the ladder with a worse percentage.
MARK Tookey admits he can't say no.
That's why when he was asked by Underwood businessman, Ken Beissel the former National Rugby League star to play in his Cavalier All Stars team, he couldn't say no.
The Kapooka Military Band will March at the Hay Park Oval on Sunday, before the start of the Under 18 'top of the table' clash between Griffith Waratah Tigers and Hay Magpies, entering the Oval at 12.30 pm, and doing a lap before moving on to a concert at the Hay War Memorial High School "Spirit of Anzac' Hay for a concert.
The Hay Magpies Senior and Under 18 teams have moved into the ‘top three’ of the respective competitions with solid, but very hard fought wins over Leeton Greens at Leeton Oval on Sunday.
The Under 18 team was strong against a committed Leeton side and ran out winners 14-4, while the Senior side, despite slackening off at the closing section of the match took out the points of offer to win the game 24-22.
Just when you thought you wouldn’t hear another big name committing to the 2011 Pie in the Sky trial match between David Reid Homes All Stars and the Hay Magpies Invitational team…along comes another.
D R H General Manager Ken Beissel has organised the doyen of referees, Billy Harrigan to officiate in the match.
Hay Magpies bounced back from the loss to West Wyalong last Sunday to record a 50-14 victory over Darlington Point Roosters at the Park Oval last Sunday.
It was the first time the Magpies have hit the half century in Group 20, and it came on a day that was windy and cold – ideal for hot pies, and hot football.
Following quickly upon the securing of Big Mal Meninga as captain of the Cavalier All Stars team, Ken Beissel has confirmed the availability of All Time great Laurie Daley for the Pie in the Sky match to be played at the Hay Park Oval on March 5, 2011 against a Hay Magpies Invitational team.
David Reid Homes CEO, Ken Beissel, has advised that Australian Rugby League great and current coach of the Queensland Maroons record breaking State of Origin team, Mal Meninga has made himself available to captain the Cavalier AllStars team to play at Hay Park Oval on March 5, 2011.
The availability of Mal adds to the growing list of players who will be travelling to the town for the match against a Hay Magpies Invitational side in the Pie in the Sky match for 2011.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club "Pie in the Sky" is starting to take flight. What a huge weekend for sport in the bush, the economy of Hay, the game of Rugby League. The 'Who's who of the code" will be attending. Mark it down, March 5.. Ken Beissel's David Reid Homes All Stars (coached by Arthur Beetson) against the Hay MAGPIES Invitational side...
The sin-binning of Hay Magpies captain and star player, Jamie Woods, in the closing ten minutes proved to be the turning point in the teams fortunes against West Wyalong Mallee Men at Ron Crowe Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies had fought back from a 10-6 half time deficit to hold an 18-10 lead coming into the back end of the match before Woods raised the ire of referee match officials and was sent to the sin bin to cool his heels.
It was the Hay captain’s fourth stint in the cooler this season for dissent, and on twice of those occasions the team has sacrificed winning positions to end up losing the match.
The Pie in the Sky clash between Hay Magpies and Yenda Blueheelers is to be telecast on The Barefoot Rugby League Show next Wednesday night at 7.30 pm on NITV (Austar) and Imparja.
The Barefoot Rugby League Show was most impressed with the excitement and interest the day generated.
Hay Magpies made heavy work of defeating Griffith Black and Whites in a lack lustre game played at the Park Oval on Sunday.
The game lacked the normal atmosphere of a "Sunday in the Park", with the Griffith Club not fielding teams in the Junior Grades (18s and 16s), and as a result crowd figures were down.
The match never rose to great heights, with the Magpies failing to go on with the job when they had the visitors at their mercy.
The cream of talent within the Hay Magpies ranks rose to the top on Sunday, with the Magpies fighting hard to score a 36-32 win over last placed Yanco Wamoon at Berri Oval Yanco.
The unavailability of the players forced the Magpies to deep into its Under 18 ranks for replacements. Dig deep, and the Club dug well. The bench at kick off time would have been lucky to have a player who has yet started shaving.
The Hay Magpies ‘Pie in the Sky Weekend’ proved, once again, to be one of the town’s premier Sporting events,
A huge crowd defied the cold conditions at the Park Oval on Saturday evening to watch the Magpies fight back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat the competition leaders Yenda, 36-24.
The Hay Magpie family is sad this week, sad and shocked at the news that one of its mates, one of its ex-players, Luke Willis, was gunned downed, along with his younger brother Sam, in a double murder in Newcastle.
The newspaper reports on the murder indicate that Luke and Sam had been in dispute with a neighbour about noise coming from a Party some time ago.
There would not be any Rugby League player in the Magpies Club over the past 50 years who does not know Billy Baird, and his remarkable achievements for the community of Hay Bill, has been honoured by the Australian Government, with an announcement in the Queen's Birthday Honours list that he has been awarded the Order of Australia.
Pie in the Sky weekends have become a feature of the Hay Sporting scene, much anticipated by sports followers and the community of Hay.
The way the fans - and the Clubs of Group 20 - have embraced the concept
has ensured it success.
The Club in Hay is as strong as it has ever been.
1972 was a great year for the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club – one of its most successful years on record, and it co-incided with the Centenary Celebrations of the Hay Shire.
The Magpie Club was booming. Under the direction of one of the all time greats, Billy (Bunter) Curtis, the Hay Club bristled with talent, both experienced and up and coming. Some of the most sensational players to pull on the Black and Whites.
The Club had special talent, with a fantastic reserve grade squad, and enough depth to field a third grade team on Grand Final day for another ‘unofficial title’.
The Club, through its major Promotions co-ordinator Ken Beissel, is looking at bringing a team sponsored by Cavalier Developments to Hay to play against either a Hay Magpies team – or a Group 20 representative team in a pre-season trial.
The date proposed is the weekend prior to the commencement of the NRL season (late February).
The Hay Magpies had its opportunities, but failed to put a strong TLU team away when it had the chance and paid the price, going down 40-30 at Hillston Stan Peters Oval on Sunday.
The Magpies once again came up against a Shark team laden with the stars that has the TLU team holding an equal share of the competition lead in First Grade.
Griffith Waratah Tigers ended the Magpies sequence of six straight wins with a convincing 36-26 victory at Griffith ExServicemen’s Oval on Sunday.
The loss has elevated the Tigers over Hay in the close competition, with the Magpies dropping back to third position on the ladder.
The match was played tough - but fair - a huge contrast to the disgraceful exhibition put on in the Under 18 match
The Hay Magpies moved to the top of the ladder with a hard fought 20-10 victory over Leeton Greens on a heavy Hay Park Oval on Sunday.
The win topped off a great day at the Park Oval, where, to use a well worn cliché` - Rugby League was the winner.
From the start of the sixteens match until full time of the seniors, spectators were kept enthralled by the toughness of each game and the skills on display.
The Hay Magpies Senior team put a 'testy' week behind it score a come from behind 32-18 win over Darlington Point/Coleambally Roosters at Darlington Poit Sportsground on Sunday.
The team was rocked by the sudden ‘retirement’ of captain Jamie Woods on Friday night, and the omission of prized recruit Kevin Lyons from the starting line-up after he failed to attend training last week.
Former internationals Jason Croker and Quentin Pongia are fired up and ready to play for the Magpies in the 5th Annual Pie in the Sky match to be played against Yenda Blueheelers at the Park Oval on Saturday July 3.
Both players agree that the Pie in the Sky concept, first conceived by former Magpie coach Ken Beissel and the Cavalier Developments organisation, is a tremendous boost for Country Rugby League.
The Hay Magpies Senior team overcame a huge penalty count, and playing 50 minutes of the game a man short - to record its fourth straight victory with a convincing 22-8 win over West Wyalong Mallee Men at the Park Oval.
The Magpies senior side recorded its third straight victory in the 2010 competition with a comfortable 32-20 victory over Grand Finalist Griffith Black and White at the Griffith Rugby Oval last Sunday.
The Magpies went into the match without inspirational captain Jamie Woods who was out injured, but scored six tries to three in a dominant display.
Dynamic half back Jermaine Dixon continued on his try scoring way, notching his fourth double in as many games and turning in another "Man of the Match" performance.
The round of matches at the Park Oval on Sunday against Yanco Wamoon provided the Hay Magpies Club with its first clean-sweep at home in Group 20, with success in the four matches contested.
The games were played in very warm unseasonal conditions, and before another good crowd. Hay fans love their Magpies through thick and thin, but especially when they are winning, and Sunday's matches had them providing plenty of smiles.
A quicker - and smarter - Hay Magpies Rugby League team bounced back from the 68-16 shellacking handed out by TLU in the opening round of Group 20, to record a strong 38-24 victory over Yenda Blueheelers at Wade Park Yenda on Saturday.
Nathan Beissel, the 15 year-old-son of former Hay Magpies coach Ken Beissel, has signed a three year contract with NRL Club Wests Tigers with the Club holding an option for the fourth.
Nathan is regarded as hot prospect in Queensland Junior circles, having been on a scholarship with the Canberra Raiders for the past two seasons, and under the scrutiny of talent scouts who have watched him play and train, and generally taken notice of his personality and the way he conducts himself.
The Magpies will be in action on Saturday, travelling to Wade Park Yenda for four games against the strong Yenda Blueheelers Club.
The Hay team had the bye last weekend, giving the players time to reflect on their efforts in the opening round of the XXXX Group 20 Rugby League competition against TLU at the Park Oval.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club got a taste of what life will be like in first Grade in Group 20 when its senior team was on the end of a 68-16 walloping at the hands of Tullibigeal/Lake Cargelligo Sharks at the Park on Sunday.
The Sharks fielded a side full of first graders and the slickness of the team, couple with aggression in both attack and defence was too much for the Magpies to overcome.
Sunbury Tigers retained the Ben Roarty Cup with a convincing win over the Hay Magpies in a trial match played in Sunbury on Saturday afternoon, however the Magpies LeagueTag girls confirmed what everyone has been saying about them - they will be big improvers in 2010.
The LeagueTag girls scored a 14-0 victory (eight tries) over Sunbury, displaying a crisp brand of running Tag, and backing it up with strong defence.
For the football fans and players, the long off season is over. The Magpies take on TLU Sharks at the Park Oval on Sunday in the Group 20 opening round of matches.
It seems like an eon since John Payne plunged over for the score equaling try in the Group 20 Reserve Grade Grand Final, and the surreal moment when Jamie Woods coolly potted the conversion to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and bring the Toby Blunt Premiership Trophy to Hay.
Former Canberra Raider and New Zealand Test star, Quentin Pongia, is set to join with Jason Croker, and another yet unconfirmed "big name" in the Hay Magpies Annual Pie in the Sky match against Yenda at the Hay Park Oval on Saturday, July 3.
Group 20 season will commence on April 11, with the Magpies drawn to meet Tullibigeal/Lake Cargelligo United at the Park Oval in the opening round.
Pie in the Sky weekend will be held on Saturday July 3. The Magpies AWAY games against Yenda will also be played on a Saturday (April 24).
A general bye will be held on the Queen's Birthday weekend - June 13
Wendell Sailor has made himself unavailable for the Magpies Pie in the Sky match after being rated a 99.9% certainty to play.
The dual international said his media duties will prevent him for playing and expressed disappointment at not being available.
The old saying "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day sun", has nothing on the love the Hay sporting public has for its Magpie Rugby League Club.
Not even 40mm of rain in about three and a half hours could stop them from flocking to the Park Oval on Saturday night for the team's first hit out of the season.
The Magpies came up against Narrandera Lizard team which gave a good account of itself in an impressive display.
Former Magpie coach and CEO of Cavalier Developments, Ken Beissel has been the driving force behind the Hay Magpies Annual Pie in the Sky promotions, but this year he set to pull off the big one.
Ken is in final discussions with two of the highest profile names in Rugby League to wear the Magpies colours against 2009 Clayton Cup champions Yenda on Saturday July 3.
It will be "Welcome to Hay Magpies – superstars Wendell Sailor and Jason Croker.
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The Junior Club is a wonderful nursery for the Senior Club with teams ranging from Under 7 up to Under 14s with the addition of Leaguetag for 2010.
Hay Branch of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has sponsored training shirts for the Magpies Under 16 and LeagueTag teams for the 2010 season
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club will have its first hit out of the season when it takes on Narrandera Lizards at the Park Oval on Saturday night.
The match is set down to kick off at 7 pm, and will be preceded by a LeagueTag game with the Magpies Ladies squad up against a mixture of the Magpies Under 16 and Under 18 squads.
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club defence of the premiership it won in 2009, is starting to take shape. The Club has been in training since the end of October, and most of the senior players will play the first round of matches in good condition.
The Club held its Sponsors and Registration Night at the Park Oval Complex last Friday night (February 13) with a great roll up of players, supporters, officials and sponsors.
The Small Change for a Big Change Money Box stickers have arrived - prepared for the Club, free of charge, by Magpies Old Boy, Ian Fraser.
The Hay players who took part of the Riverina Rugby League Academy a trial against Melbourne Storm at Greenfield Park Albury on Saturday, sweltered in the heatwave conditions.
In weather more suited for a day at the beach with the temperature gauge hitting 39 degrees, players from both sides put in strong display, and the quality of play was outstanding.
The Magpies had three players in the Riverina squads.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club's tradition of attracting outstanding players to play in the Annual Pie in the Sky matches will continue in 2010 with former international Jason (Toots) Croker confirming his availabilty for the match - to be played against Yenda Blueheelers on Saturday July 3..
Promising Hay forwards Corey Harrison and Hola Fitekefu will be part of the Riverina Academy of Sport team which will take on the Melbourne Storm SG Ball Squad in a trial match to be played at Greenfield Park, Albury on Saturday January 30 commencing at 12.30 pm.
Wow!, what a response to the call to join the "Small Change for Big Change" fund raising drive to prop up the Club's Future Fund as it prepares for the 2011 season.
The Hay Magpies Leaguetag team has worked very hard during the off-season under coaches Mark Payne and Neil John Nisbet in an effort to improve fitness and skills and reach another level in the Group 20 competition.
The Magpies Rugby League Club is asking the community of Hay to get behind the organisations plans to step up into First Grade Group 20 next season, by making a commitment of pledging just two dollars per week to the Club.
Interested persons will be provided with a money box in which to deposit just $2 every week for the next 12 months in the Club's 'Small Change for Big Change' program.
The Magpies build up towards the 2011 entry into Group 20 first grade moved a step forward with the Club holding a ‘brain storming’ session last Sunday discussing ideas to give the organisation a solid foundation on which to build its future.
Twenty interested hand picked Magpie supporters attend the meeting, and split into four groups to put forward ideas for consideration by the 2010 committee.
Magpie President Donald Payne said the meeting was very fruitful and some great ideas for fundraising and promoting the Club came to the fore.
by Peter (Parra) Montgomery
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has taken its first steps towards its move to First Grade in Group 20 in season 2011 by signing former Leeton centre Kevin Lyons to a two year contract.
The Hay Junior Rugby League Club status as an "Everyday Legend" organisation, has been confirmed after it has been named as one of the top five winners of the NRMA/Rebel Sports Everyday Legends" competition.
A further bonus was announced during the past week with NRMA confirming the Club's entry attracted the most 'registered supporters'.
Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has confirmed its coaching arrangements for the 2010 season, and has announced the continuation of the Hay Services Club as its major sponsor.
The early finalisation of the important posts enables the Club to focus on preparation on its defence of the
Premiership won in the Group 20 Reserve Grade competition last season.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has re-signed Ian Woods, as its coach for the 2009 season.
In making the announcement, Club President Don Payne said Woods had done a great job with the team in winning the Club’s first Group 20 premiership, and he was a popular choice for the players.
Don Payne was appointed President of the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club for the 2010 season, replacing retiring President Ron Gash who did not seek re-election.
Gash was later elected as Junior Vice President after Tom Bush gained the Senior Vice President’s job after a ballot with Gash.
It will be Payne's eighth term as President, having previously served in the position in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, 2005 2006, 2007, 2008.
H E L P the Junior Magpies in its quest for a sports grant from NRMA and Rebel Sports.
The two organisations have made $150,000 available to sporting bodies (Clubs, Schools and Individuals) to apply. The Hay Junior Magpies were one of the first to lodge an application, but the application needs the support of everyone to make it succeed.
The Junior Rugby League Club has applied to NRMA for a grant to assist it in the purchase of sporting equipment to assist it to continue to survive.
Please look up the webpage, and join up as a supporter of the application. http://www.nrmalegends.com.au/index.html?
It always happen. Someone who has given his all to the Club usually slips under the guard, and when the compliments are being handed out, that person is forgotten.
It happened this year to a bloke who has given his all in 2009 - Arnie Deacon. But let me assure Arnie, that neither his work for the Club, and his passion for Rugby League was under estimated by the Committee, the players or the supporters.
For them Arnie will always be the bloke who is 'there' when he is wanted.
The Hay Junior Rugby League Club had a fantastic conclusion to its 2009 season with a jam packed crowd at the Annual Presentation Night held at the Hay Services Club.
Highlight of the evening was the bestowing of Life Membership of the organisation on Donna and Dean Whitehead.
Ben Roarty was a fantastic achiever for Rugby League in a career that spanned over 200 games in the NRL and English Super League, and the past season as a playing member of the Hay Magpies first ever premiership winning team in Group 20.
Ben has completed the double of a premiership with the Storm - a victory secured in the last minute, and a Magpies win also secured in the final moments.
He has penned a story on his experiences - it is well worth the read.
Hay Magpies premiership winning captain Jamie Woods capped of a sensational season by being named the Club's Player of the Year for 2009.
It was one of six awards collected by Jamie with the outstanding five eight name Outstanding back, Seniors Player of the Finals, Players Player and Leading Point Scorer.
Dylan Whitehead (Under 16), Keira McCarthy (LeagueTag) and Lloyd Schulz were winners of the Player of the Year Awards in other grades.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has inducted 1959 Premiership Captain/coach Laurie Foley into its Hall of Fame.
Laurie becomes the fifteenth member of the Hall of Fame which was instituted after the Player of the Century Night in 2004.
See the Grand Final shots in the photo gallery
The 2009 Magpies team exhibited it fantastic Club spirit and work ethic to snatch victory in the dying stages of the Group 20 Grand Final on Sunday. A sensational sideline conversion by team skipper Jamie Woods enabled the Magpies to snare its first premiership victory in Group 20
As Grand Final fever hits Hay and the Magpies Club, it is time to reflect on what has enabled the team to get into a position where it can emulate the feats of the past twelve premiership teams, and notch another one up for the Proud Magpies Club.
The 19 players who play in the Grand Final will be representing the huge effort from everyone associated with the Club in getting the chance.
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Hay Junior Rugby League President DONNA LEE WHITEHEAD has been nominated for a Country Rugby League "Women in League Award" with the One Community....
Donna has been President of the Hay Junior Rugby League Club since 2001.
Hay Magpies selectors have named a squad of 19 players to take on Griffith Black and Whites at the Rugby Oval Griffith on Sunday in the Grand Final
The Grand Final Program notes have been submitted.
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Hay Magpies coach Ian Woods can lay claim to be the 'quiet achiever' behind the teams on field success in 2009.
He has built up a good side, using his connections to attract outstanding players to pull on the Magpies jumper, and he has managed to keep the side together and concentrating on winning.
The side has surpassed everyone's expectations - i.e apart from the true believers.
The selectors face a tough task of naming the Grand Final team for the match at the Griffith Rugby Oval on Sunday September 13.
The expected return of Semisi Bale adds further pressure to the tasks. Bale is, or should be, an automatic selection if he is given a medical clearance. He has trained solidly with the team since injuring his hand five weeks ago.
If you are looking for inspiration in life, look no further than the Magpies President Ron Gash.
It is amazing that he still alive, let alone being a fantastic worker for the Club and the code of Rugby League.
Hay Magpies amazing veteran Danny Byrnes has won the Country Rugby League Player of the Week,and the Magpies Club is the recipient of a $1000 grant, courtesy of AAMI for being the Country Rugby League Club of the Week.
The announcements were made by Ray Hadley during his broadcast of the NRL match last Sunday.
The Hay Magpies first appearance in a Group 20 Grand Final at Griffith Rugby Oval on Sunday September 13 is an event NOT to be MISSED.
It is a history making day for Rugby League in Hay and YOUR vocal support can help the team get over the line.
It is going to be TOUGH, but we wouldn't want it any other way.
The Hay Magpies senior side is on the verge of creating another page in the history of Hay Rugby League following its strong 30-20 win over minor Premiers Yenda in the major semi final played at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday.
The news wasn't so hot for the Under 18 team which struggled under the weight of injuries but was gallant in defeat, going down 28-16 to a hot Yanco Wamoon team at Leeton on Saturday, ending its premiership aspirations.
The Program notes for the major semi final at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday, and the elimination semi final for the 18s at Leeton on Saturday have been posted on FULL PAGE. Just click on full page in the right side bar to open the article.
The Magpies senior side moved a step closer to a Grand Final spot with a solid 32-22 win over second placed Leeton at Berri Oval Yanco on Sunday.
The win has moved the Magpies into the major semi final to be played against minor Premiers Yenda, at Wade Park Yenda next Sunday.
Meanwhile the Under 18 side was thrashed 40-10 by arch rivals Leeton in the early game, and now must beat Yanco Wamoon at Darlington Point Sportsground on Saturday to stay in the race.
Hay sporting teams know they have the whole sporting community behind them.
'Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you'll never walk alone.
An interesting article written by Mick from Girralang appeared in an internet sports blog "The Roar". It is well worth the read - it refers to a Group 16 elimination match between Cooma Stallions and Eden...guess who gets a rap, that's right, our own Jake Whitehead who has been in great form for the Stallions, since moving to Cooma early June.
The Program notes for the Qualifying semi final against Leeton Greenies are in the FULL PAGE section...Click on Full Page in the right side bar...
The Magpies senior and Under 18 teams have finished their competitions in third place, and have booked places in the Qualifying semi finals against Leeton Greenies, at Berri Oval Yanco next Sunday.
The League Tag team finished with an honorable 1 all draw against the Yanco team, whilst the small Under 16 team crashed out to a 50-0 drubbing by a well drilled Hawks team.
See the Magpies Program notes for the last match against Yanco Wamoon at Berri Oval Yanco on Sunday on FULL PAGE ...Click on FULL PAGE on the right side bar...
The Yenda Blueheelers team stamped itself as the side to beat in the Group 20 reserve grade competition with a thumping 44-26 win over the Magpies at the Park Oval on Sunday.
Another big crowd was entertained by a great days football with tough and good skills exhibited in each of the four grades.
New photos of the Magpie Cheersquad, and photos from the Country Energy Pie in the Sky match against Darlington Point Coleambally have been placed in the photo gallery.
Thanks to Sharon Hicks, Dave Shea, Christine Huntly and Julie Matthews for the photographs.
Another five star performance by Magpie five eighth Jamie Woods highlighted the team's hard fought win over the West Wyalong Malleemen at Ron Crowe Oval on Sunday. The win topped off another good day for the Club which added wins to the Under 18 side, and the first win of the season to the battling sixteens. The League Tag girls put in another strong effort before going down 5-1 to third placed WestWyalong team.
Sharon Hicks has put together a fantastic CD capturing all the action of the Country Energy Pie in the Sky Weekend and has them for sale for just $10.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club's fourth Pie in the Sky match was another resounding success with the game Sunday attracting an almost record 'home game' crowd to the Park Oval to see the team bolstered by former NRL stars post a 38-24 victory over a committed Darlington Point/Coleambally Roosters team.
The Hay Magpies survived what coach Ian Woods described as a test of character to score a last minute, 36-32 win over a very physical Griffith Black and Whites at the Rugby Oval Griffith on Sunday.
It has been said Deniliquin has the Ute Muster, Coffs Harbour the Big Banana, Tamworth the Country Music Festival, Parkes the Elvis Weekend, and now Hay has the Country Energy/ Pie in the Sky weekend.
Former NRL and English Super League stars will be part of the Country Energy/Hay Magpies Pie in the Sky weekend on Sunday, when Simon Woolford, Shane Millard and current Magpies star Ben Roarty join with their team mates to take on 2008 Premiers Darlington Point/Coleambally at the Park Oval.
The Hay Magpies website has attracted over 71,671 hits over the past year, giving an indication of the popularity of the Club in sporting circles.
Make sure you tell your friends about the site, and if you have any feedback on how to improve the site or further suggestions, drop me an email at email@example.com
15,890 hits for the Month of August...AMAZING
Another fantastic day of Rugby League at the Park Oval which saw the Hay Magpies winning run of seven, come to an end with competition leaders Leeton Greenies equalising the scores with 25 seconds left on the clock, and a conversion by Gerard Stevens to seal the victory.
The Greenies, competition leaders in all four grades, scooped the pool with four victories on the day, but Magpie supporters left the ground knowing the players had given each game their best shot.
Hay Magpies made the long trip to Lake Cargelligo for matches againt TLU and returned home with wins in each grade.
The Senior side had to fight every inch of the way before coming out 26-22 victors with centre Peni Bakinausori scoring the match winner with just three minutes of play remaining.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League team made it six wins on the trot in the XXXX Group 20 competition with another exciting display to blow away Griffith Waratah Tigers at the Park Oval on Saturday night.
To quote an old cliche` Rugby League was the winner after the XXXX Group 20 matches at the Park Oval on Sunday between Hay Magpies and Yanco Wamoon Hawks.
The Magpies emerged victorious in Under 18, League Tag and the Senior match - but not after all three games were played out to the fullest.
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Hundreds of Pie in the Sky weekend photos have been posted....
The Hay Magpies Senior and Under 18 teams confirmed they are the 'real deals' in the XXXX Gold Group 20 competition with wins over Yeanda Blueheelers at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday.
The Under 16 team extended the competition leaders before going down 26-6 and the League Tag girls were well on their way to an upset victory holding a 2-0 lead at half time before a second half surge by the home team got it out to a 5-2 victory.
The Hay Magpies had one of its best ever 'home games' since its elevation into the Group 20 competition at the start of the 2007 season.
The Senior team consolidated its position in the 'top four' with a convincing win over fourth placed West Wyalong, taking the match 36-18 after holding a 24-6 loead at half time. The Under 18 team had a thumping 34-22 win over competition leaders, and defending Premiers West Wyalong, the League Tag team hung on grimly to defeat third placed Mallemen team 2-1 and record its second victory of the season.
The Under 16 team lost its match in a high scoring game 42-34 after fighting back from an 18-6 deficit to actually hit the lead 22-18 early in the second half, before the visitors skipped away with an intercept try.
Country Energy has secured the naming rights for the Pie in the Sky Rugby League weekend to be held in Hay on 25/26th July.
The 2009 Pie in the Sky promotion will be the Club's fourth - and organisers are predicting crowd figures will surpass the previous record of $4190 set in 2007.
Hay Magpies announced its arrival into the Group 20 'top four' with a thumping 38-16 win over 2008 Premiers Darlington Point/Coleambally at Coleambally Sportsground on Sunday. The match provided the Magpies with 'back to back wins, and its best 'away from home' victory since entering Group 20 at the start of the 2007 season.
Peter Leonard, a Magpie premiership player in 1972 with the Billy Curtis coached team nicknamed The Machine, tells of what being a member of the Club meant to him.
Bill Curtis rates Peter Leonard and John Ball as two of his vital components in the sides success that season.
He turned them into 'tackling machines' who racked up big tallies in every match they played.
The Hay Magpies posted a big win over Griffith Black and Whites at the Park Oval on Sunday, taking the points 46-26 after leading 28-0 at the break.
The League Tag girls put in s super effort, pushing the very good Griffith side all the way before going down 6-2, with the visitors scoring its last try after the full time siren had sounded.
Hay Magpies officials are urging supporters to come along to the matches at the Park Oval next Sunday against Griffith Black and whites, dressed in Magpie colours, and to bring along black and white streamers.
The Magpies should be at full strength for both the Senior match and LeagueTag contest.
Former Magpie Laurie Edwards gives an account of his days with the Hay Magpies.
He started out as an under 9 player, and finished up with three senior premierships to his credit
The recently formed Old Boys Association has been a tremendous asset to the Magpies Club. Several of the members have expressed their thoughts on what it means to be a member of the Hay Rugby League Football Club.
The Magpies Club has a history all can be proud of. It has a history that goes back to the 1930s. Through the Clubs' veteran hooker Danny Byrnes and former coach Jamie (Jack) Byrnes we can see the formation of the Rugby League Club.
Leeton gave the Hay Magpies a lessons in composure and how to take advantage of opposition errors when the team met in the Group 20 Rugby League match played at Leeton Sportsground on Sunday.
In a game that was much closer than the scoreline suggests, Leeton ran out comfortable winners 52-21 over a Magpies team that punished itself with poor ball handling and silly penalties at crucial times.
A phone call from Simon Woolford this week confirmed that he and fellow Pie in the Sky players, Bryan Fletcher and Shane Millard are set to go for the Magpies in the match against Darlington Point on July 26.
The Hay LeagueTag team recorded a convincing win over TLU in the match played on the Park Oval on Sunday taking the match 8-1, but, like the previous week, faded badly in the second half.
The Magpies had established a convincing 6-0 lead by half time, but failed to go on with the job in the second half.
The team, however is still developing its structure, and coaches Dean Whitehead and Mark Payne would have been pleased with what they saw in the first half.
The Hay Magpies senior side went so close to victory over Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo United in a torrid match in Group 20 fixture at the Park Oval on Sunday, but fell two points short of snatching a draw losing 32-30.
Another big crowd was on hand to support the Magpies, with the curtain raiser matches providing great entertainment. Anyone who went home disappointed with the value the gate entrance fee provided is hard to please.
The Old Boys Badges have been received and have been forwarded out to members who have paid their 'one off' subscription. The badges are of the same valuation. Numbers allocated do not mean anything apart from keep a track of membership.
The recruitment of former NRL premiership player Ben Roarty could be the catalyst of a successful season by the Hay Magpies in Group 20 in 2009.
Over the years, the Magpies Rugby League Club has had many sets of siblings turn out for it.
Many at the same time, and some years apart. We have even had a father and son in the same team at the same time.
That achievement happened in 2008 when veteran Ronny Gash was joined by his son, Ryan, the point scoring centre from the sixteens, in the Pie in the Sky fixture at the Park Oval against Lake Cargelligo.
Other brothers who come to mind are the Andrews boys, George and Laurie, the Carvers, Philip, Ray and Paul, the Snowdens Geoff and Robert (Red), the Byrnes, Danny and Jack, the Nisbets Neil-John, Wayne and Robbie, and more recently, the Thomson boys Jesse and Caleb.
2009 represents 50 years since the great Laurie Foley led the Hay Magpies to its first Group 17 premiership win.
Laurie is regarded as the Magpies greatest ever recruit, brought to the town by the Club's astute President J V (Johnno) Johnson.
A strong desire to see their talented son John get involved in Rugby League drove Ron Hunt and his wife Ivy to set up the Hay Junior Rugby League Club in the mid sixties.
Big Ron, (not only a bloke with a big frame, but a heart to match) had made his mark as a player with the Carrathool Rugby League Club, and as an administrator with Group 17 and Country Rugby League.
Hay Magpies have opened the 2009 Group 20 Rugby League season with an impressive 24 all draw with the strong Griffith Waratah Tigers at Griffith ExServicemen Oval on Saturday.
The Magpies fielded a depleted team after the coaching staff was forced to reshuffle its selected line up with match day withdrawals due to injury, sickness and work commitments.
David King, a recruit from the Hay Cutters, was forced out of the match with a poisoned heel which resulted in him being placed in Hay Hospital on a drip; Nicholas Harrison was struck down with illness; and John Payne with a back injury
Rugby League Week 'The Mole' segement carried an item about the appearance of Bryan Fletcher and Simon Woolford for the Hay Magpies in the Pie in the Sky promotion.
The Mole said it was part of a bush initiative to get recently retired players back to the bush. I have forwarded a letter to The Mole letting it know the true facts.
Ken Beissel, who coached the Hay Magpies in 1979 - the year Club "Superstars" Neil John Nisbet and Danny Byrnes were introduced to Hay fans, has issued a challenge to the the business community to support the Magpies "Pie in the Sky" weekend.
That marvellous Club man Danny Byrnes has decided to have another season with the Magpies.
He started playing for Hay 1n 1979.
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The Hay Magpies will commence the Group 20 Rugby League season with an away match against the strong Griffith Waratah Tigers at the Griffith ExServicemen's Oval on Saturday.
The Magpies will be competing in four grades;ÃÂÃÂ Seniors, Under 18 and Under 16 as well as LeagueTag (formerly OzTag).
Hay Magpies 'new boy' Leon Cama has been named in the Bidgee Bulls Under 18 squad to contest the Country Divisional Championships in Parkes on the weekend of April 18/19.
Leon had a great debut for Group 20 in a tri match series in Canberra last weekend to capture the attention of the representative selectors.
Cama showed Hay fans what he is capable of with a scintillating display against Sunbury in the recent trial under lights at the Hay Park Oval. Leon has pace, vision, a good step and a massive kick. Magpie fans wish him well at the Country Championships.
In one of the Hay Junior Rugby League Club's proudest days, sixteen of its players have been rewarded with selection in the Group 20 representative teams following outstanding displays at the Knockout Carnival at Hillston on Saturday.
The selection of the players provides the Club with a huge boost in its confidence as it prepares for the coming season, and confirms the quality of players coming through the ranks.
The sporting Clubs of Hay have a lot to be thankful to the Hay Shire Council for the tremendous support it provides to Hay Sport.
The Clubs and sporting bodies are provided with facilities and sporting grounds which are hard to beat in a town of comparative size.
The Hay Park Ovals No 1, 2, 3 and beyond - are in magnificient condition, maintained by the Council Parks and Garden staff.
Hay Magpie officials could hardly believe their luck when, way back in the early start of season 1969 Michael "Gooska" Johnston decided to give this game he called "Rugby" a go.
Mick had just returned to Hay after spending time in Melbourne, and overseas and had made his name as a top flight Australian Rules footballer with the famous Xavier College, a top GPS School in Melbourne.
Visiting Sunbury Rugby League team won the inaugral Ben Roarty Shield in the trial match played under lights at the Park Oval on Saturday night, but there was plenty to like from the Hay Magpies display.
The game attracted another huge crowd to the Park Oval, spectators taking advantage of a balmy autumn evening, and again demonstrating that no other sporting Club in Hay can match the drawing power of the Magpies.
On a cold, wet and miserable day in July 2007, the appearance of two of Queensland's finest, former Raiders fullback Gary Badger and Bulldogs and Bronco utility Darren Smith, warmed the hearts of the Hay Magpies faithful.
The Hay Junior Rugby League Club is looking forward to the 2009 season with much enthusiasm.
Club President Donna Whitehead said the influx of new players into the sport has introduced new families to the Club, and the social aspect of following the fortunes of their children has everyone around the place excited.
The Magpies Junior Rugby League production line is in full swing with the Club to field teams in the Under 14, Under 13, Under 12, Under 9 and Under 7 grades in the Group 20 Junior competition.
Junior club officials are delighted with the response of players to the game, and to the coaches who have put their hands up to mentor the boys in the coming season.
Group 20 Rugby League has released its draw for the 2009 season.
The Magpies start the season with a Saturday away game - versus Griffith Waratah Tigers on April 18, followed up with a home match against Tullibigeal Lakes United on April 26.
The Magpies have been allocated a Saturday match against Leeton in Round 3 on May 3rd against Leeton Greenies at Leeton Showground
The Grand Final is set down for September 13.
The Magpies bye weekends will be on May 10 and July 12.
The Pie in the Sky weekend will be against reigning Premiers Darlington Point Coleambally on July 26.
The Magpies Under 16 and Under 18 teams will play in the "WIN TV" Paul Kelly Memorial Knockout Carnival at Wade Park Yenda next Sunday.
Representative teams will be selected at the conclusion of the knockout Carnival to represent Group 20 against Group 9 in Riverina selection trials
Congratulations to John Payne on his selection as the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club nomination for the 2008 Sportsperson of the Year.
John had a great 2008 season, captaining the Under 16 team into the preliminary final of the Group 20 competition.
Early in the season he gained representative selection in the Group 20 Team, playing at 5/8th, lock and second row.
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The Club has had a good response, so far, in its quest to find 20 sponsors at $300 each for the Pie in the Sky weekend. Six of the spots have been taken up in the first 24 hours of their availability.
The Club needs another 14 sponsors to commit to ensure the weekend will be another huge success, not only for the Hay Magpies Football Club, but for Group 20 Rugby League and the community of Hay.
The players, Simon Woolford, Bryan Fletcher and Shane Millard have been confirmed as starters, and there is a good chance the trio will be joined by Shaun Timmins who has expressed an interest in turning out also.
Geoff Snowdon's 1967 Premiership team heads the list of former Magpies players to join the Old Boys Association.
Ten members of the premiership squad - Snowdon, half back Derek Moriarty, five eighth Geoff Heaton, second rowers Peter Montgomery and George Andrews and hookers Mick Rutledge,centre Laurie Andrews, wingers Philip and Ray Carver had joined up.
In hearing of the intention to get the Club's Old Boys involved again, Geoff, a Magpies Hall of Fame member, said it is a great idea.
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The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has nominated the weekend of 24-25-26 July as the date for the Annual Pie in the Sky Gala weekend.
Simon Woolford, Bryan Fletcher and Shane Millard with a total of over 600 senior matches in the NRL and English Super League have been confirmed as the 'guest players'.
The match will be against current Group 20 Reserve Grade Premiers Darlington Point/Coleambally.
The contribution Eddie (The Rabbit) Redfern made to football has been remarkable.
It carried him from one end of the State to the other, has involved three codes and twelve different clubs.
His football life covered 450 games - and it may surprise many that it featured more games of Rugby League than his first love Australian Rules.
The love of Rugby League and a keen desire to promote sport as a healthy community activity are just some of the attributes that have made Mossgielâs favourite son, Mick Huntly, a legend in his own lifetime.
Hay Magpies stalwart Danny Byrnes has been named as a finalist in the AAMI Service to the Community Award with the winner to be announced at a function to be held at Luna Park, Sydney on November 13.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club has named Neil-John Nisbet as its Director of Coaching for the 2009 Group 20 season.
Neil-John will formulate the coaching strategies of the Club with his staff of Ian Woods (senior Coach), Jamie and Rene Woods (Under 18) Kevin Rosser (Under 16) with Shayne Kennedy/Sharon Kennedy having the position of OzTag coaches.
Every successful Club has them. The real characters who helped create a sporting Club, the memories and the laughs - and tears - that endear the Clubs into the hearts of the players and supporters who pass through.
I arrived in Hay on June 20, 1966 to take up a clerical appointment at the Hay Lands Department and it did not take long to make new friends in Hay.
On my first at the Land Board Office, I took the office banking to the Bank of NSW (Westpac) and met Fred Hobbs, who was heavily involved with the Hay Magpies, having coached the team in 1965.
That meeting with Fred proved to be a big turning point in my life, and the key to what was to become a strong connection with Rugby League in the Bush
Robert (Bert) Matthews had a mighty career with the Magpies,a career that saw him named thrice as the Club Player of the Year and make it a 'daily double' by winning the Group 17 Player of the Year on the same occasion in the seasons 1982, 1985 and 1988
The Rugby League Clubs in Hay - the Senior and Junior Clubs - are being well managed due to the dedication of the many young families who are keen to see the sport thrive.
Donna and Dean Whitehead, and Liz and Bert Matthews, are just two such families who are putting back to ensure the Magpies succeed.
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John Curtis, like older brother Bill, played a big part in helping to mold the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club into one of the great Clubs in Country Rugby League.
It seems like it happened just yesterday, but, did you know, it is over 21 years since Andrew Mabon suffered a football injury that turned his whole world upside down.
On April 7, 1991, Andrew was badly injured at Sahara Oval Ivanhoe, competing for the Hay Magpies in the Group 17 Knockout Carnival.
While effecting a tackle on a Goolgowi opponent , he fell the wrong way and ended up an incomplete quadriplegic.
A major injury worry to a mate, rather than a football incident stands out as a memorable happening in the football careers of the Nisbet brothers, Neil-John and Wayne who gave the Magpies wonderful service over a couple of decades
Bill and John Curtis - the remarkable brothers - helped create a dynasty with the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club.
Their ability and knowledge of the game went a long way to developing some of the greatest players who have ever played for the Club.
This is the Bill Curtis story, with John Curtis chapter to follow next week.
The Hay Magpies Legends Hall of Fame inductees two new members each year, the induction is conducted at the Presentation Night each year.
So far, 14 ex players have been included. The first inductions were made at the 2004 "Team of the Century" function.
Hall of Fame inductee Geoff Snowdon has sent the Club an email saying how much he was impressed with the Presentation Night and the community spirit that is alive and well in the Club.
If you ever wonder why the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club is doing so well, don't look past its leadership.
What a great asset Donald Payne is for the Hay Magpies Rugby League Club.
To use an Australianism - "A Bloody Gem".
Champion second row forward, Will Sullivan, capped another dominant Rugby League season for the Hay Magpies by being named its Player of the Year for the second successive year.
Sullivan (120 votes) finished 15 clear of Shayne Kennedy (105), with rookie half back Jermain Dixon (79) in third position.
The Senior Player Vote Count was just one of the many highlights at the function held at the Hay Services Club on Friday night attended by 150 players and supporters.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League Club inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame, with Danny Byrnes and Geoff Snowdon becoming the 13th and 14th members of the exclusive Club.
The Hay Junior Club conducted a very well attended Presentation Night at the Services Club on Friday Night to pay tribute to the future champions of the Hay Magpies.
The Hay Magpies Club has submitted a nomination for consideration as the Telstra NRL "One Community" Grass Roots Club of the Year Award.
Nominations have also been made for Juniors President, Donna Whitehead for Women in League (Amateur), and Danny Byrnes for the AAMI
Community Achiever" Award.
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Hay Magpies players efforts during the 2008 season were acknowledged at the Group 20 Awards Night held at Griffith Leagues Club on Friday, September 5.
Hay Magpies Under 16 team attempt to become a Grand Finalist in Group 20 came to an end on Sunday when the side was comfortably beaten 34-12 by Leeton at Ron Crowe Oval West Wyalong.
Leeton scored six tries to the Magpies three, with fullback Damian Roden converting five from his six shots,whilst the normally reliable Ryan Gash was off target for the Magpies missing with his three shots
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When you think about people achieving plenty for their Community, Hay Magpies amazing veteran Danny Byrnes would be one of the first to come to mind.
Danny is achieving great things for the Community, firstly in his role as a Drought Support Worker with the Department of Primary Industries, and secondly with his appearances with the Magpies Rugby League Club.
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The Hay Magpie U16 Rugby League team continued its march towards a Group 20 premiership by defeating Yenda 22/16 in the minor semi final played at Wade Park, Yenda on Saturday.
The young Magpies will play Leeton Greens at Ron Crowe Oval, West Wyalong next Sunday for the right to meet undefeated minor Premiers Griffith Waratah Tigers in the Grand Final.
Let's dream big, let's dream positive, let's be determined and committed.
Let's not forget our values and ethics, Let's be firmly grounded to our roots, and let success follow us.
Let the Magpies continue to be an important part in the Hay community by always doing its best both on and off the field, adhering to the true ideals of sport.
Magpies history from 1978 up until 2007. Dare to Dream"..the Club is on the cusp of an new and promising era.
Dynamic Under 16 pivot John Payne has lifted the bar on try scoring for the Magpies, scoring a hat trick for the fourth time this season to lift his tally to 27, eclipsing the record of 25 scored by former Magpies winger Fred (Former Frog) Scott during the 1972 season.
A late try scored by lively hooker Mitchell Rosser has enabled the Magpie Under 16 team to create its own piece of history, by becoming the first Hay side to contest a Group 20 semi final match.
The try enabled the Magpies to snatch the lead in the final five minutes of play and go on an record a 29/24 victory in the qualifying final.
It has been talked about for years, and everyone is keen to get it off the ground that is an Old Boys Association to show support to the Club we have all loved to have been a part of.
What's that old saying - "Once a Magpies, Always a Magpie
By Peter (Parra) Montgomery
The Magpies had good service from its experienced players. Co-Captains Will Sullivan and Matt Price were consistent performers throughout 2008.
All players were improved on 2007 efforts, and the future looks very bright.
By Peter (Parra) Montgomery.
There can be no doubt that the Magpies team in 2008 improved greatly on the results the Club achieved in 2007 in the Group 20 competition.
Even though the team won just one more game than it managed in its inaugural season, it was competitive in most games.
The Hay Magpies Rugby League team concluded its 2008 Group 20 season with a 46-16 loss to Yenda Blueheelers at Wade Park Yenda on Sunday, with the full time score not a true indication of the closeness of play.
The Magpies were well in the game at half time at 16 all, before Yenda opened up a match winning break midway through the second half, scoring five unanswered tries.
By Peter (Parra) Montgomery.
A five try haul by the Hay Magpies champion forward Will Sullivan highlighted the teamâs 58-26 victory over West Wyalong in the Club's final home match of the 2008 season.
He led the way in a one-sided match against an under strength West Wyalong team at the Park Oval on Sunday
An injury in the last game of the season probably cost Matt Price the chance to become the first Magpie senior player to score 100 points in a season. Price was not able to add further to his season tally of 94, missing with his only shot at goal, before going off injured.
MAGPIES CALL TO ARMS DAY
The Magpies Club will be supporting the Cancer Australia's "CALL TO ARMS" highlighting "Men with Cancer" in the match against West Wyalong Mallee Men at the Park Oval on Sunday.
by Peter (Parra) Montgomery
Hay Magpies bounced back from the disappointing last minute loss to Griffith Black and Whites at its previous start to hang on for a hard fought 30-28 victory over Darlington Point Coleambally at Coleambally Sportsground on Sunday.
For the people of hot, dusty Hay in southwestern NSW, Rugby League is not just a game; its part of folklore. The people who have built their homes on the parched, treeless plains around Hay are a unique breed tough, resilient and fiercely proud, yet good humoured and quick witted. By Peter Montgomery/ John Anderson
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