It’s here! Rd 1 of the 2016 season and the Putney Magpies face off with their fierce neighbouring rivals, the Wimbledon Hawks. With socials KO’ing from 1:30 this Saturday and Prems following straight after. The battle for Motspur Park will be a big one.
The history between these two clubs extends back to the creation of man – it’s even been said that there are cave drawings illustrating fierce battles between the Magpies and the Hawks!
Despite this lengthy history, you only need to look back to the previous season to know how big these battles are.
Rd 1 2015 saw these two titans collide with the Hawks ultimately walking away the victors. Home ground advantage aside, Putney found themselves on the back end of a ruthless attack; the Magpies continued to rally with the likes of ‘Dingo’ throwing everything at them…and the likes of ‘Tubs’ doing sweet F.A up front. In the end it wasn’t enough. The Hawks rubbed salt into the fresh wound with a win in the ever important post match boat race, and with that, the Magpies limped back to Putney.
Rd 6 had the Putney Magpies play the Wimbledon Hawks again – this time on Magpie soil. As if God Himself commanded it that way, the Magpies’ roster was bolstered dramatically; boys were coming out of the woodwork to don the Magpie colours! Some say recruitment had pulled out all the stops to seek redemption for Rd1’s efforts. Others say that the allure of the rivalry was too tempting to resist! In reality, it was Putney’s Ladies Day and when the women come to watch (with free bubbly) then EVERY bloke wants a kick. Putney came out firing, battles in the middle, up front and in the back line were all hotly contested! This match was destined to go down to the wire from the outset. The final quarter struck and this was the moment where heroes were born, leaders were cemented in club history and the blokes on the boundary line were busy chatting up the sheilas!
The final minutes were counting down, Putney were down and needed a last ditch effort to trump the visitors. And it came! A strong contest out of the middle with a seamless passage of play from our centre halves forced the ball into the Hawks’ goal square and within seconds our forwards took it to the Wimbledon backs and slotted the winning goal!
The final whistle blew and the Putney Magpies had done it…the boys sealed a glorious win that would be celebrated long into the night. The cherry on top came with a win in the boat race. Needless to say, these games were probably the most enjoyable of the season; the passion, the rivalry and the pride all combine into what any keen footy player wants and lives for.
With some genuinely talented players in this year’s pig pen, we’ve got the belief that we can take it away from the Hawks and really contend for the flag. Get around the boys this Saturday as we march for Sir Johns Hood Playing Fields and ignite the rivalry for another year!
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