Magic hold off Mag­pies

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

THE Di­vi­sion 2 Black­town Magic Aus­tralian Rules Football Club kept the Western Sub­urbs Mag­pies at bay, win­ning by 26 points at Black­town In­ter­na­tional Sportspark.

The fi­nal score was 12.12-84 to 9.4-58 at the Rooty Hill sportspark on Satur­day.

The win was needed for the Magic af­ter los­ing their last two games, which forced them to con­cede the top spot on the lad­der.

The Western Sub­urbs led by 10 points at the end of the first quar­ter, but Black­town put on a fierce come­back to steal a nine-point lead by half-time be­fore go­ing on to win the match.

Black­town Magic pres­i­dent John Clifford said the team played well, de­spite the fact they were down some of their reg­u­lars be­cause of hol­i­days, sick­ness and in­jury.

“They played ex­cep­tion­ally well,” Clifford said.

“The Wests are a very skilled and tough side, and our boys re­ally stepped up to the mark.

“We were down a num­ber of play­ers due to hol­i­days, sick­ness and in­juries – we pulled up a cou­ple of the younger play­ers.”

The Magic will be look­ing for another win when they are hosted by the Rand­wick City Saints on Satur­day.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN SANSON

Ac­tion from the Black­town v Western Sub­urbs match.

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