Cooly Blues forward Ali Pinda was missing, busy representing Papua New Guinea at the International Cup.
Cooly Blues forward Ali Pinda was missing, busy representing Papua New Guinea at the International Cup. Scott Powick

Magpies strike Cooly

COOLANGATTA Blues' AFL Queensland Premier League season ended on a dismal note on Saturday when the high-flying Western Suburbs Magpies thrashed the under-strength Blues by 132 points.

The Magpies were white-hot throughout and showed they would give the 2011 flag a real shake by posting a 28.15 (183) to 7.9 (51) win over the Blues who were missing seven key players who were on International Cup duties in Sydney over the weekend.

The Magpies had the game in the bag by half-time, leading 14.9 (93) to just 1.3 (9). They really blazed away in the final stanza, adding 10 goals to have the scoreboard operators really working up a sweat.

Although disappointed in the end result, Coolangatta coach Neil Mackay could in no way “bag” his players.

“We had seven Papuans and a Frenchman down in Sydney and we just couldn't muster the personnel to make a real game of it with the Magpies,” Mackay said.

“We even had to pull up a player who had played a full game in the reserves – you can't front up to a team like that (Magpies) and expect to make a game of it with all that against us.”

Magpies full forward Matthew Thompson potted seven goals, while another 12 team-mates managed to get kick six-pointers.

Greg McLeish kicked four goals for the Blues who, as the scoreline indicates, didn't get to spend much time at the right end of the field.

Best for the Blues was Mark Greeney who played superbly in defence in the first half and then created numerous unsuccessful scoring opportunities for teammates when switched to the forward line after the main break.

Also figuring prominently for the Blues was midfielder, Jamie Beer-Carey, who grabbed his fair share of touches throughout.



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