• Magpies about more than just winning games


    WANGARATTA might not have won a game since round six, however, as far as coach Mark Knobel is concerned the Magpies aren’t looking for the finish line and are fully focused on tomorrow’s clash with Wodonga.

    The two sides will go head-to-head at the Norm Minns Oval with Wangaratta trying to secure a second win over the Bulldogs this season.

    For the record, the Bulldogs were the last team Wangaratta tasted success against with the Magpies have suffered seven defeats and one draw in the eight games since.

    But while some may say the end of the season can’t come quick enough for the Magpies, Knobel said morale was still high and there were several reasons for the side’s inconsistent form.

    “Contrary to what you might read elsewhere, the boys are still very upbeat and we still have good numbers,” he said.

    “We understand where we’re at and just looking at our list, we had 14 guys play their first senior year of football this year.

    “Of those 14 I think 12 of them have played their first senior match and those 12 will play again this week.”

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