Pies tame Tigers

PORT Macquarie Magpies put in a memorable fourth quarter performance on Saturday to keep their perfect home record in tact and secure second spot on the AFL North Coast ladder.

Down by three goals at the final break, the Magpies rallied to outplay the Tigers in the fourth term, booting four goals to nil and taking the match 10-17-77 to 9-9-63.

Matt Lill had another great game for the Pies, booting three goals. Joining him on the scoresheet was Matt Gallagher and Greg Dean with two goals, and Ben Hennessey, Damon Munt and Dean Nankivell with one each.

Magpies coach Mick Tritton was elated with the performance, particularly in the fourth quarter, where the Magpies restricted the Tigers to just two behinds.

“I’m very chuffed,” he said.

“It was brilliant.”

He said his side’s superior fitness was the key to not just coming home strong, but dominating the Tigers in the fourth. Tritton fired the Pies up with a strong speech at three-quarter time.

“I just asked them for an extra effort,” he said.

“I said they would have to play running footy to win, and they did.

“Their determination was fantastic.”

Tritton was loathe to single out any standout performances from his side.

“I think it was a really good team effort all round,” he said.

The win ensures the side has a week off to recover from some niggling injuries.

Shannon Skreja left the field on Saturday with a back complaint.

“I haven’t had a chance to have a look at him yet,” Tritton said.

It caps off a good home-and-away season for the Port club.

The Magpies’ under-18s and reserve grade sides finished at the peak of their tables.

Now the first grade side can join them travelling to the finals in Coffs Harbour the weekend after next.

Ben Dunlop kicks forward for the Magpies on Saturday.

Port Magpies’s Greg Dean in action.

Port Magpies’s Ben Dunlop.

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