2017 Review: Yass Magpies

2017 was a year of big improvement for the Yass Magpies as they made the finals in three grades.

First Grade

Position:  3rd
Win/Loss/Draw:  9 – 6 – 1
Points For: 417
Points Against: 351

Yass rocketed up the ladder to finish third after finishing seventh the previous year.

Consistently ahead of the chasing pack for most of the season, Yass had a nervy final match of the regular season knowing that only a win would suffice to send them into the finals.

Despite the inevitable nerves, Yass cruised to 48-22 over Goulburn to ensure they participated in finals football for the first time since they rejoined the Austbrokers Canberra CRC.

Having beaten the Tuggeranong Bushrangers in the semifinal, Yass’ finals dream were ended as the suffered a 30-0 loss to eventual premiers, the Queanbeyan Blues.

Yass boasted the third best defence and fourth best attack in the competition.


Reserve Grade

Position:  4th
Win/Loss/Draw: 9 – 5 – 2
Points For:  422
Points Against: 326

Similarly to their First Grade side, the Yass Magpies managed to claim a highly contested finals position as the team improved from 2016’s sixth placed finish.

Although the Magpies went down 24-16 in their semifinal, showed their ability to compete with the top sides during the course of the season.

A 22-22 draw with eventual premiers West Belconnen was a particular highlight.

The Magpies attack and defence reflected their league position as they were ranked fourth in bost disciplines.

Ladies League Tag

Position:  2nd
Win/Loss/Draw:  13 – 3 – 0
Points For:  434
Points Against:  90

The Yass Girl Pies were only seconds away from a grand final as they led the West Belconnen Warriors in the dying stages of their semifinal.

Unfortunately for Yass, West Belconnen found an extra gear to claim the win before Goulburn managed to beat them in the preliminary final.

Although Yass’ finals campaign didn’t go as planned, 2017 was still a remarkable year as the Girl Pies won more than three times as many games as they did the previous year.

The Girl Pies boasted the best attack and defence in the league.


Under 18’s

Position:  7th
Win/Loss/Draw:  3 – 13 – 0
Points For: 205
Points Against: 568

Although the Yass Magpies didn’t win many games in 2017, they managed to claim the biggest scalp there was.

In round 12, the Magpies prepared to host eventual premiers the Woden Valley Rams and managed to secure a 19-18 win.

Again, the club showed plenty of improvement last season as they managed to move off the foot of the ladder and into seventh.

The Magpies had the seventh best attack and defence in the competition.