The loss of several key players from 2017 squad including club captain and the league’s
leading goal scorers was always going to leave the team exposed at both ends of the
ground. The recruitment of several players to the club, predominantly midfielders, meant
that a different game style requiring elite foot skills and quicker transition to goal had to be
adopted to try to compensate for off season departures and best use the skills and talent
available to the team.

A favourable early season draw coupled with undefeated preseason trial form those at
the club up and about for what season 2018 may bring. The optimistic season outlook was
quickly extinguished with disappointing early results against opposition we expected to fare
well against, unfortunately the modified game plan did not develop as quickly as the
coaches would have liked and we struggled to execute the skills required by hand and foot
needed to get results.

The season did not bring the wins we may have expected or at least hoped for, the team
song was only sung twice but a loud and proud rendition echoed across the Sydney Uni
campus after the team recorded the biggest upset of the season in round 5, against the
eventual grand finalists Sydney Uni, other good results included a win against UTS at home
mid season and our usual competitive against Pennant Hills on ANZAC day, at least
these results brought some reward for the of those that had worked hard for 9
months.

On a positive note,

  • Several younger players who will be the back bone of the club for years to come
    were given leadership roles and relished the added responsibility.
  • a number of players through their hard work on the training track earned games in
    1st grade and whilst probably a little earlier than they were ready for, acquitted
    themselves well and this can only benefit their football in the long run.
  • Several local juniors were also given an opportunity to play at the highest level and
    are developing nicely.
  • All the players recruited fitted into the Magpie family well and will remain welcome
    as players and friends well after season 2018 has been forgotten.

However, in the main we failed to really compete with those teams that made the finals,
and while, departures, injuries and the use of over 50 players in prems this year played its
part, we were a long way off where we need to be to play in the big end of season games
and a lot of hard work is required both on and off the field to get the club back to where it belongs

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