September brings footy finals fever to the Calare electorate, and it is with a heavy heart that I report to this House that the mighty Molong Magpies went down 31-10 in the GrainCorp Cup Northern Division rugby grand final last Saturday. The heroic Magpies lost to the undefeated Narromine Gorillas, who made the most of their home ground advantage at Cale Oval. The points scored by the Magpies came from a terrific try from Mitch Brown and a conversion and penalty goal by Will Oldham. The Magpies may not have secured victory but they were awarded accolades from the referees, who voted players Matthew Hobbs and Blake Hutchinson best and fairest for the GrainCorp Cup Northern Division 2017 competition.
I would like to give special mention to Molong Magpies President Greg Travis; Sarah Cary, who is the secretary of the club and plays a key role in keeping the Magpies flying high; treasurer Jock Haynes, who bleeds black and white; committee member and club legend Mary Mulhall; coach Graham Hobbs; assistant coaches Peter Evans and Mark Toynton; captain Josh Peffer; players Mitch Brown and Will Oldham; world-famous lawnmower racer and club No. 5 Ross Cary; Robbie Ferguson; Damian Hayes, who always has the ball on a string; Jayden Fahey; Joe Reid; Hugh Westcott; Blake Hutchinson; Dylan Little; Brodie Travis; Matt Hobbs; Jack Pratten; Michael Thompson; Matt Corinth; Isaac White; Joe Doyle; Scott Nicholls; Mitch Taberner; and Kyle Travis, who scored that last-second try in the 2014 grand final to secure the Miracle at Molong. I'd also like to mention Jed Pratten, Peter Finlay and Carl Reid. Congratulations to the Molong Magpies. This House looks forward to hearing about your exploits in 2018.