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Bizarre moment player for Magpies footy team is attacked by a magpie during a game Maitland Forbes

Bizarre moment a rugby league player is repeatedly overtaken by his team’s own mascot during a match: ‘It’s magpie on magpie violence!’

  • A rugby league player’s run-in with a skate in Parkes was caught on camera
  • Bird can be seen beating Forbes winger Connor Greenhalgh repeatedly
  • The Forbes rugby league club mascot is, ironically, a magpie
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Video footage has captured the bizarre moment a Forbes Magpies player was attacked by his own club’s mascot during a match.

The Presidents Cup match between the Maitland Pickers and the Forbes Magpies took place at Pioneer Oval in the central western NSW town of Parkes last weekend.

Maitland had put 16 points on their opponents when one of the notoriously territorial birds began to beat Forbes winger Connor Greenhalgh.

Forbes Magpies player Connor Greenhalgh is terrorized by a hovering magpie at Pioneer Oval in Parkes last weekend
Forbes Magpies player Connor Greenhalgh is terrorized by a hovering magpie at Pioneer Oval in Parkes last weekend

Forbes Magpies player Connor Greenhalgh is terrorized by a hovering magpie at Pioneer Oval in Parkes last weekend

Greenhalgh doesn't seem overly concerned about the aggressive bird, which locals say has been attacking players on the ground for years
Greenhalgh doesn't seem overly concerned about the aggressive bird, which locals say has been attacking players on the ground for years

Greenhalgh doesn’t seem overly concerned about the aggressive bird, which locals say has been attacking players on the ground for years

In the clip, Greenhalgh doesn’t seem overly concerned about being attacked, barely taking his eyes off the action as the bird dive-bombs him from above.

According to locals, the same bird has been terrorizing players at Pioneer Oval for a few years, especially scaring the junior footballers who play there.

The video was uploaded to the NSW Rugby League’s Twitter page with the caption: ‘WARNING the following video contains Magpie on Magpie violence’.

And the joke was not lost on pedestrians who commented on the post.

‘Forbes had 14 players?’ joked one user.

“We’re going to name him “Tommy,” added another – referring to Western Suburbs Magpies legend Tommy Raudonikis.

The video comes the same week as news that competitors at the World Cycling Championships in Wollongong on the NSW south coast have been attacked by hovering stingrays.

The birds have left some of the sport’s biggest names badly shaken, looking over their shoulder every time they get on their bikes.

Although most incidents are not serious, a cyclist in Wollongong died in 2019 after being attacked by a magpie.

More than 1,776 skate attacks have been recorded in Australia by concerned members of the public on a self-reporting website this year - 224 of which have resulted in injuries
More than 1,776 skate attacks have been recorded in Australia by concerned members of the public on a self-reporting website this year - 224 of which have resulted in injuries

More than 1,776 skate attacks have been recorded in Australia by concerned members of the public on a self-reporting website this year – 224 of which have resulted in injuries

The 76-year-old crashed into a fence post as he tried to escape the bird and died after being taken to hospital in a critical condition.

More than 1,776 skate attacks have been recorded in Australia on a self-reporting website this year – 224 of which have resulted in injuries.

Magpies commonly soar from above during the mating season, which usually lasts for five weeks from the start of September.

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