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Texas Cup Round 1 Wrap Up
Round 1 of the Texas Cup has come and gone with mixed results for the Dallas Magpies.

Dallas Magpies V Austin Crows

The first game against Austin was a hotly contested match. The first half was full pressure football, played at an intense pace. Both sides struggled to find space in a relatively even contest. The Magpies applied constant pressure, not allowing Austin to play their normal free flowing game. Cory Colvin was Dallas’s best in the first half, using his speed to run rings around his Austin opponents. Jack O'Dell was given the enormous task to mind Austin forward, Kenrick Tyrrell, Jacko may be short but he plays tall and did a great job on Kenrick. The wind made conditions difficult and normally accurate Chris Willis even struggled to trouble the scoreboard. Austin seemed to handle the conditions slightly better. The second half started with the same intensity as the first half, but the Dallas seemed to take their foot of the gas and let Austin take control. Clay Roy, Greg Paine, and Ben Collins battled hard but Austin ended up winning by 4 goals. The scoreboard is not a true reflection on the game, with the contest being much closer than the indicated and Dallas can look forward to a great season ahead.

Final Scores G B Tot
Dallas Magpies: 1 4 10
Austin Crows: 5 2 32

Goal Kickers
Dallas Magpies: Tyson Harding 1

Best Players
Dallas Magpies: Cory Colvin, Clay Roy, Jack O’Dell, Greg Paine, Chris Willis

Best Face plant award: Lachie Beatty

Dallas Magpies V Houston Lonestars Australian Football Club

The next game against Houston was an evenly contested match, with Houston getting the early ascendency, taking an early lead. The wind again was a factor and both sides struggled to adapt to the conditions. The turn overs was harsh for Dallas with many missed opportunities up forward missed. Finally, Zach Marschik found his feet and provided a target up forward, taking a few strong marks. Jay Duncan joined him adding an option that created problems for the Houston defenders. Clay Roy and Cory Colvin once again were running riot up field and Dylan Murray was like a gazelle, dodging Houston opponents and continuously running the ball into the forward line. First gamer, Jace Fredenburg was aggressive, constantly putting pressure on his opponents forcing Houston to make errors. At the end of the day Dallas ended up winners by 7 points.

Final Scores G B Tot
Dallas Magpies: 5 6 36
Houston Lonestars: 4 5 29

Goal Kickers
Dallas Magpies: Jay Duncan 2, Cory Colvin 2, Brenn Miller 1

Best Players
Dallas Magpies: Cory Colvin, Dylan Murray, Ben Moffatt, John Dobbs, Clay Roy

Greatest run without scoring a goal award: Dylan Murray

Special thanks to both Austin and Houston for making the trek north and making the day a great example of Australian Rules Football Texas style. Look forward to the next 2 rounds in Houston and Austin.
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