Breakthrough: These Magpies kids are alright
FOOTBALL: It was always going to be a re-building season for the Nerimbera Magpies.
They're a talented bunch of high-schoolers with a handful of seniors thrown in the mix - this is a team with plenty to gain and one eye on the future.
What they miss in first-division experience, they make up for in hunger and sheer persistence.
With a defensive formation that is hard to break down, they play to their strengths and the rewards are starting to come.
After a number of close battles this year, the Magies had a breakthrough win against Southside United in the CQ Premier League on Saturday.
They showed these kids are alright.
Around the grounds
- Nerimbera Magpies 2 Southside United 1
- Frenchville Roos 1 Clinton Grubs 4
- Parkana FC 0 Cap Coast FC 12
"Despite all the defeats we have had they keep showing up in great numbers to each training and are very enthusiastic," coach Scott Thompson said after their 2-1 win.
"We fielded two very young sides and the future is looking really promising.
"In the first half we panicked a little, but in the second we shored it up. They continued to hold their structure and drive forward.
"We won by sheer persistence."
After Southside deservedly went up, Nerimbera could have easily put the cue in the rack and conceded another defeat.
But one goal against the run of play to striker Jordan Conning and the belief was back. Then a scramble in the box saw Owen Tari fire home the winner in the 90th minute.
"Owen was best on ground, every week he is getting better," Thompson said.
"He keeps our midfield together, our controlling factor.
"Jordan is very composed in front of goal and doesn't miss too many when he gets a sniff.
"Our keeper Will Thompson also played very well, he kept us in the game.
"We play Parkana next week and the wins with give us plenty of confidence in both grades."