Magpies set for trial against Cowra

Rugby league returns to Spooner Oval this Saturday for the first hit-out of the season.
Rugby league returns to Spooner Oval this Saturday for the first hit-out of the season.

The Forbes Magpies are looking to kick off a new season with their first trial game scheduled for this Saturday.

It will be a sea of black and white jerseys at Spooner Oval as Forbes goes up against the Cowra Magpies.

Forbes Magpies first grade coach Cameron Greenhalgh said the match between Forbes and Cowra will be an annual event, called the Magpie Cup, with the two clubs taking it in turns year about to host the match.

The day will feature the first trial matches of the year for the juniors, league tag, the first and reserve grade squads.

Greenhalgh anticipates that Cowra will be a tough side - they were also a grand final team last year - but is not really concerned about the game result.

"I'm not concerned with the result, I just want a good game under the belt," he said.

The Magpies first grade squad will be several players down who are currently playing with the Western Rams.

Guns Hayden Bolam, Mitch Burke, Ben Maguire and Bailey Hartwig have retained their places in Tim Ryan's Western outfit for the second round of the under 23s country championship.

Greenhalgh said this gives several other members of the Magpies an opportunity to get on the field in the first match of the year.

I'm not concerned with the result, I just want a good game under the belt.

Magpies coach Cameron Greenhalgh ahead of Saturday's trial.

The matches are set to begin from 3pm and Greenhalgh is hopeful people will come down to Spooner Oval to watch a great day of footy.

Currently the Oval's new digital scoreboard is going up and Greenhalgh said they hope it will be ready for Saturday's games.

Greenhalgh is confident that it will definitely be ready for the trial against Parkes in a few weeks.

Along with Forbes squaring off against Cowra, a trial match between West Wyalong and Bathurst Panthers will be played at the oval.

Ben Robinson and Michelle Cheney from Michael Robinson Real Estate present a sponsorship cheque to Magpies President Matthew Coleman.

Ben Robinson and Michelle Cheney from Michael Robinson Real Estate present a sponsorship cheque to Magpies President Matthew Coleman.

The Forbes Magpies rugby league club continues to enjoy the support of local business, with Michael Robinson Real Estate again sponsoring the club for another year.

Magpies president Matthew Coleman said without donations like this one, the club would have a hard time running.​