Fly the Forbes Magpies colours: two sides in Group 11 grand finals

It's time to paint Forbes black and white.

Forbes Magpies have two teams in Group 11 grand finals this coming weekend.

The Magpies Under 18s have had a stellar season, they downed CYMS 32-20 in the major semi-final at Dubbo two weeks ago and have had a week off.

Now our league tag side has sealed their grand final berth in a thriller at Spooner Oval on Sunday.

The home side knew they needed rock-solid defence and they had it.

Time and time again on Sunday, Parkes' India Draper got possession and bolted almost the length of the field.

On any other day, a try to the Spacecats would have been a given, but on Sunday Forbes' Courtney Hodge stopped her each time.

Inspired, the girls then held Parkes out for the next five right on their line.

"It was just a phenomenal effort from the girls, they gave us everything we asked for," coach Kristy Hartwig said.

"The quality of football was outstanding."

Hodge's was among a number of inspiring individual efforts that saw the whole team lift, and lift again in a close-fought preliminary final.

"India is fast, she's the competition's leading try-scorer, but Courtney never gave up," Hartwig said.

The side had a plan and stuck to it, she said, they'd spoken about the importance of their defence in the lead-up to the game.

The scores remained locked at nil-all with only minutes on the clock and Forbes was jockeying for position for a chance at a field goal.

But what looked like an accidental offside gave the Magpies a penalty, and Amelia Davis made the kick for two points with just seconds left on the clock.

The fans were out early on Sunday to support the Magpies girls who kicked a big day of Group 11 action off at 10am, and the support from the sidelines for both sides was enthusiastic.

Hartwig paid tribute to the support of the community, family, friends and Magpies club supporters.

And the Magpies would love to see that over the next week as both the league tag squad and the Under 18s head into the grand finals.

"Put the colours in the business windows," Hartwig encouraged.

"You don't make a Group 11 grand final every year."

Our under 18s are defending premiers, and this is the first time our league tag team has qualified for a grand final.

Grand final jersey presentation is on at the Post Office Hotel on Wednesday evening, from about 6.30pm, and supporters are welcome to come down for that and encourage the teams.