Magpies will be a force again in 2013

PORT Macquarie Magpies AFL coach Mick Tritton has praised the strength of his club in 2012, despite being knocked out of the finals one game shy of the season decider.

"We've had success in the lower grades with the 18's side making the grand final and both reserves and first grade falling just one shy of the big one," he said.

"So I would say that we had a good year, but not a great one. We didn't do as well as we could have by any means."

The club has all three grades playing finals football yet again, a feat they will be hoping to achieve again in 2013, but Tritton claims a hard injury toll for much of the year didn't help.

"I don't want to make excuses, but we did have a bad run of injuries," he said.

"We're still a strong club on the whole and we have a great committee as well."

"Getting all three grades into the finals was very good for us and a definite highlight along with knocking off both grand finalists during the regular season, which showed we can match it with them."

The bar is set high for success at the Magpies.

Tritton said not making the grand final was the biggest lowlight of the year.

"We saved our worst game for last in the preliminary final and we threw everything at them in attack, which led to us going down by five goals," he said.

"However, there weren't many lowlights in my eyes.

"In 2013 we are expecting ourselves to make the grand final and win it, absolutely.

"We would also like to retain out committee and sponsors."

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