Magpies claim superb victory

Wangaratta steal derby with Kelly, Wong simply stunning

IT’S MINE: Veteran Wangaratta Rovers’ player Ross Hill and seasoned Wangaratta Magpies star David Thayer were hard at it in the blockbuster derby at the Wangaratta Showgrounds yesterday, in which the Magpies’ prevailed by nine points. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

IT’S season may finish this Saturday, however, Wangaratta ensured it will end the season with a bang after upsetting finals bound archrival Wangaratta Rovers in yesterday’s derby at the Norm Minns Oval.

Kicking against a three-goal breeze, the Magpies rammed home four goals in the final quarter to record a memorable 10.12 (72) to 9.9 (63) victory.

Skipper Matt Kelly was simply outstanding in the final quarter while Josh Porter had the better of Karl Norman after being shifted into the ruck.

But star forward James Wong (three goals) appeared to be in everything, whether it was kicking goals or being part of the chain to a major.

The Hawks led by seven points at three quarter time and veteran Ross Hill appeared to have put the final nail in the Magpies’ coffin when he converted a set shot from 40m.

But the final dagger was delivered just minutes later with Wong’s shot from 45m on the boundary sailing across the face where youngster Josh Roman marked virtually uncontested.

Despite pressure from the Hawks, Roman easily snapped the ball home and from there the Magpies were home and hosed.

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