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Picton fire first warning shot as premiership race heats up

The Picton Magpies have fired the first big warning shot in the 2022 Wests Group Macarthur first grade premiership by demolishing long time rivals Camden Rams yesterday.

Despite playing in front of their fans at Kirkham, Camden had no answer to the Magpies, who were simply awesome in their 48-22 victory.

The two premiership points mean Picton are at the top of the table with five wins from their eight matches so far.

Despite their loss yesterday, the champion Camden club are running second to the Magpies, so their season is anything but over.

Round eight produced some excellent football, but no team were more relieved than competition new boys, the Campbelltown Collegians, who managed to win their first game of the season.

The Collies had suffered four losses from as many outings up until yesterday’s much anticipated local derby with East Campbelltown Eagles.

Worrell Park in Ruse was the designated venue for this match up until Saturday afternoon, when news came through that council had closed the ground due to the water logged condition of the field.

It was instead moved to Narellan Sports Ground.

A close match that could have gone either way ended with Collegians on top on the scoreboard, 26-32 to break their duck.

A couple of former Western Suburbs Magpies, Shannon Gallant and Michael Stevens, guided the Campbelltown City Kangaroos to a 24-12 win over Oakdale Workers yesterday afternoon, pictured above.

The vital away win keeps the Kangaroos in the top five, with five points off two wins and a draw thus far.

Another side to win away from home in round eight were the Thirlmere Roosters, who defeated the Oaks Tigers 34-18.

Further south in Mittagong the Lions unearthed a young star in Lleyton Wallace, who scored four tries on debut in the 36-20 win over Narellan Jets.

Not surprising, Wallace, pictured, was named the home side’s Players Player after the match.

ROUND NINE:

Narellan Jets v Oakdale Workers, Saturday, 6.30pm.

All other games are on Sunday, 3pm:

Oaks Tigers v Campbelltown City Kangaroos; Picton Magpies v East Campbelltown Eagles; Thirlmere Roosters v Campbelltown Collegians; Mittagong Lions v Camden Rams.

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