PORT Macquarie Magpies will head into its under-15.5 junior AFL semi-final against Sawtell confident of progressing to the grand final.
The junior ‘Pies have overcome every challenge thrown its way so far this season, taking out the minor premiership in an undefeated season.
Adding to that, coach Steve Davis said they have defeated every team in the six-team competition by at least 60 points once this season when the “mercy rule” came into effect.
“They have a rule where if you are in front by 60 at any stage in the match they implement the mercy rule,” he said.
“We ended up beating a team 101-8 one day, but it goes down at 68-8 in the scorebook.”
Their success is more remarkable when Davis said he had to threw a team together at the start of the season.
It was made up of those who had never played with those who were returning after a couple of years out.
“It’s been an unexpected season for us,” he said.
Davis admitted it had been a season which exceeded their pre-season expectations.
“Getting to the finals was our goal at the start of the season,” he said.
The secret to their success had been through a commitment to training and enjoying playing with their friends.
“You can see it when they’re out there that they’re just having fun and that’s important,” Davis said.
A win over Sawtell on Sunday will see them progress to the grand final in two weeks.
The club’s under-11s team finished second and will play at 9.30am, while the under-13 and youth girls also progressed to the semi-finals.
First bounce for the under-15.5 match is at 1.45pm at Wayne Richards Park on Sunday.