Season Review: Yass Magpies

First Grade

Position: 5th
Win/Loss/Draw: 10-6-0
Points For: 345
Points Against: 339

The Yass Magpies missed out on this year’s finals series by two competition points after a mid-season dip in form left them playing catch up to the rest of the competition.

Interestingly, the Magpies accrued more competition points this year than they did in 2017 but finished fifth instead of third.

There were plenty of highlights for the Magpies, which included a Round 3 19-18 win over eventual Premiers Woden and a 18-16 win over West Belconnen in Round 6.

Co-captain Tom Warner also became the first Les McIntyre Medalist from Yass since Clyde Chatfield in 1988.

Reserve Grade

Position: 9th
Win/Loss/Draw: 1-15-0
Points For: 176
Points Against: 484

It was a difficult season for the Yass Magpies in Reserve Grades as they finished at the bottom of the table.

However, the side showed their improvement throughout the season. In their first three matches, the Magpies scored only 16 points but in their final three fixtures amassed 58 points and claimed their sole win for the season.

Ladies League Tag

Position: 3rd
Win/Loss/Draw: 9-5-0
Points For: 368
Points Against: 116

Yass started the season in fine form as they scored 150 points and conceded 8.  A four point loss to West Belconnen took place in Round 7 before they produced a gutsy performance to defeat Goulburn 4-0.

Despite sitting second for the majority of the season, the Magpies were delivered a shock loss at the hands of Woden in Round 12 before a horror final month of the regular season. Yass lost their final three matches of the season, albeit against tough opposition.

Once finals began, Yass started to hit their stride with a tense 8-0 win over the Gungahlin Bulls. However, for the second year in a row the Magpies were beaten in the Preliminary Final by Goulburn.

Youth League

Position: 1st (Premiers)
Win/Loss/Draw: 13-1-1
Points For: 325
Points Against: 114

The Yass Magpies had an extremely successful season in Youth League as they claimed 13 wins and were defeated only once in 2018.

Yass boasted the second-best attack in the competition but had the stingiest defence.

Matches between Harden Boorowa were incredibly tight during the season as they faced three times for a win, loss and draw. The Magpies faced them in their only two finals matches, winning 20-10 before winning the Grand Final 10-2.

Season Highlight

Premierships are always memorable and the Youth League Premiership was undeniably the highlight for Magpies.

The team travelled to Crookwell and managed to come out on top in a low scoring affair and were unsurprisingly delight with the eight point victory.