Wentworthville Magpies chase first Ron Massey Cup premiership since 2013

The Wentworthville Magpies spread their wings in a 38-8 demolition of the Guildford Owls in the Ron Massey Cup preliminary final last week.

The Magpies, who finished the season in second place on the ladder, put in a dominant performance to run out to a 22-2 lead at half-time.

After the week off, Magpies coach Chris Yates said the side stuck to the game plan well.

“The boys started in November and I said to them that today’s game is the hardest game of the year,” he said.

“There is a prize behind it with the chance to win a grand final which doesn’t come often in a footy career.”

Guildford were awarded an early penalty to take a 2-0 lead but from that point on, it was all Wentworthville.

The side piled on five tries in the first half and were out to 38-2 before Guildford found the line in the 64th minute.

The result could have been even better for the Magpies with goal kicking difficult in blustery conditions leading to just three from eight conversions.

It sees Wentworthville into its first grand final since 2013, which was the end of a period where the Magpies won four out of five premierships between 2009 and 2013.

“There has been pressure from inside the club but if you live and die by making and winning grand finals, you’re going to be dead most of the time,” Yates said.

“We got our recruitment right this year, which is a big thing.”

Wentworthville captain Taniela Lasalo said it was reward for all the hard work the side has put in this season.

“It’s the best feeling, I’m excited for the boys and the club. We’ve put in a lot of work for it since November so it’s rewarding to be in the top two teams all year and get to the grand final – it’s all we’ve wanted all year.”

The Magpies will come up against the Auburn Warriors in the grand final. 

The Warriors defeated the minor premiers St Marys last week.

Lasalo said the forwards hold the key to the game. 

“If we can win in the middle, we’ll go a long way because we’ve got some good players outside us,” he said.

“They’ve clicked on all cylinders the last two weeks.”

The Ron Massey Cup Grand Final will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 2.10pm at Leichhardt Oval.

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