Magpies are aiming to fly higher

COACH Mark Coles wants Moorebank Mounties Magpies on top in the AFL Sydney competition.

The Magpies play their opening round of the AFL Sydney season on Saturday, March 29 against Sydney Hills Eagles at Rosedale Oval at 2pm.

Premiership-winning coach Coles said the club had prepared well during the off-season and they want to make a bold bid for the premiership in second division competition.

"We've got 100 registered players for first, second, third and the under-19s grades," Coles said.

"We made the second week of the finals last season and we want to go a few steps further in 2014 and mount a genuine challenge.

"The boys have trained hard in the off-season and there is a good feeling in the place."

Coles said the under-19s competition has been lifted in age one year from under-18s this season.

Chris Eckert is back as coach of the team which reached the finals last season and Mark Currant is in charge of second grade.

The third grade coach appointment will be finalised soon.

"We had a solid season as a club in 2013, with firsts, second grade and the under-18s making the finals, so there is a good foundation to work with," Coles said.

"But it's time to make a challenge for a few premierships in all grades this season."

Coles says ruck rover Johnathan Moore is a key member of the team again in 2014.

The Magpies last won a first grade premiership in 2010, when victorious in the third division.

They have organised trial games on Sunday, March 9, against Penrith Rams at Kelso Park, East Hills, from 10am.

A second trial is against Balmain on Sunday, at Kelso Park, East Hills, from 10am.

Training is on Tuesday and Thursday at Kelso Park, 6pm.

The club always seeks new players and wants to start a women's team this season.

"We have a dozen women training and we want more to join, as their competition starts on Saturday, April 6," Coles said.

Details: Mark Coles, 0424 249 078.

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