The Magpies pushed the Bays until three quarter time, but in the end the Eagles flexed their muscles to win by 75 points.
Without Casey and Godwin-Knott, the Pies lacked in the big men department and the first term belonged to the Bays as their big names got going early. Horrocks, Wilson and Barnes were great early and Davis-Neale was on fire, as he hit the scoreboard and forced Hayward to go forward. The margin was 25 points at the first break.
The Magpies won the second term with a five goal term, as Hayward kicked his first and Dowzard got a nice one on the run. It was game on at half time with the margin just 24 points.
The Bays with a real spread of contributors, such as Marshall, Horrocks and Kleinig hit the scoreboard in the third, but the Magpies matched them kicking four to goals to their five. Payne was having his best game and Ferguson provided a lot of drive.
It wasn’t to be in the final term for the home side. The effort to hang on took its toll as the more experienced Bays side flicked the switch. Davis-Neale kicked his fifth as his team kicked seven for the term to win comfortably. Sharples, Barnes, Davis-Neale and Kleinig the standouts.
The Magpies, with over 10 missing just couldn’t hang in long enough. Payne, Ferguson, Cuthbert and Walling the better players.