the Colts take top billing this week after an emphatic victory over Morningside on Saturday.
Getting back to full strength, the Colts hit their straps and dominated the first quarter with 7 goals to put the match beyond doubt by quarter time. The Pies went on to win against their finals rivals by 68 points, which was a complete reversal for the Pies in their first clash 7 weeks ago when Morningside won by 64 points, a 132 point turn-around.
Coach Dallas Gallagher has welcomed the return of class players over the past few weeks either from injury, Qld State duties or Senior/Reserves duties in Sean Ryan, Cade Scott, Noah Resuggan, Cam Ferguson, Jack Briskey, Darcy Prest and also had a walk-in player in Byron Kohler. With the continued improvement in Lachlan Davies, Lawson Campbell and Cooper Crowell, the Pies are playing with confidence and are well in the hunt for a flag as they expect more players to return in coming weeks.
The Colts play the 3 bottom placed teams in their last 4 matches and if they can also defeat second placed Wilston Grange then they should secure third place and the double chance.
The Woodsmen had a great victory on Friday night at McCarthy Homes Oval over the ladder leaders Park Ridge. The Pies had just 16 players less than an hour before the game before scraping 19 together and trailed early before getting their noses in front at halftime but then trailed by 16 points at three quarter time. But a match winning last quarter surge when the Woodies booted four goals to one resulted in an upset 4 point victory.
You could be forgiven for thinking the wind favoured one end, with nearly all of the scoring at the city end - but this was merely cooincidence in a tough encounter.
The win was all the more meritorious coming up against a genuine senior side who dropped down to Friday night football this season after winning the Division 2 Premiership only last year. Sam Curtis was outstanding for the Pies being released into his more natural midfield role with the presence of hardnuts Judson, Woods and De Nys.
Chris La Burniy was lured from retirement for the game and put in a solid display, while Matty Prior had a beast of a game in defence. Another one of the older brigade, Club President Andrew Thomson put in a tireless effort in the ruck, playing unchanged against much bigger and younger opponents!
The Seniors are still a mathematical chance of playing finals but will have ti win their last 4 matches and rely on other results going their way. The top four teams are already final bound so it is between Mt Gravatt, Labrador and the Pies for fifth place on the ladder. Basically the Pies need Mt Gravatt to win one of their remaining 5 matches (against Labrador) and Labrador to win 2 matches from their 4 games then all three will finish on 28 points and it will come down to percentage to decide fifth place. One loss for the Pies and it is curtains. The Pies will be looking for big wins over Sandgate and Wilston Grange to boost their percentage.
Looking at the Reserves they are basically out of finals contention as the teams above them should all secure enough wins to stay clear of the Pies even it the Pies won all four remaining matches
The club has big day planned this Saturday when the Pies host Sandgate at McCarthy Home Oval at Chelmer. The club's Sportsman's Luncheon with AFL coaching legend David parkin will be held from 11.30am to 2.30 pm.
Parkin was a Hawthorn Premiership captain in 1971 and played 211 matches for the Hawks, winning the club B & F in 1965, and 5 matches for Victoria from 1961-74. He had 1 season at Subiaco in 1975.
His coaching career was Hawthorn (1977-80), Carlton (1981-85), Fitzroy (1986-88) and back to Carlton (1991-2000) for a total of 518 matches coached for 4 premierships.
Parkin had his Grand Final eve premiership predicter with 10 criteria and off-hand I think he only got one wrong over about 20 years.
The Sportsman's Luncheon has been organised by the Grey Magpies Old Boys with Shane Bridley at the helm. Shane has been doing a magnificent job resurrecting the Old Boys Association with support from Terry O'Shea and Greg Adams and re-connecting many past players and officials from a number of different eras
for those interested the club still has a number of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Guernseys for sale at a price of $100 If you are interested in purchasing a guernsey on Saturday please see club President Andrew Thomson at the Sportsmans function. Note that over 1000 names appear on the guernsey with every Senior, Reserves, Thirds and Woodsmen player to play a game from 1968 to 2018 listed on the guernsey.
Last week Gut Feelings mentioned that Maroochydore will be added to the QAFL next year and it is now rumoured that Noosa may also be promoted to the QAFL for next season.
The beautiful Magpies playing surface is looking in a bit of disrepair after a busy season, with the volunteer curators said to be tearing their hair out watching youth and senior teams continually warm up in high traffic and worn areas while the Oxley Road wing remains pristine. You would think the youngsters are allergic to the far wing it sees so little action!
The hierarchy have been able to negotiate access next door on the old Western Districts Oval to reduce traffic in coming weeks, with the u11s and u12s training there - the 14’s and 16’s haven’t yet got the message!
It was great to see big Gerard Moore having a run in the Senior side on the weekend after 6 years between drinks, and the big fella has lost none of his ruck craft. Coming up against the best ruck division in the competition, he more than held his own taking some strong marks and regularly winning the hitouts, particularly around the ground where his strength and nous proved invaluable.
The Western Magpies are officially on life support with their finals hopes hanging by a thread after a disappointing loss to Morningside on Saturday.
In blustery conditions the match never reached great heights but the home side were more precise in their foot skills than the Pies. The Magpies started brightly booting 2 goals against the wind but then were only able to kick 3 more goals in three and a half quarters of football. The match was a scrappy affair but the Pies butchered the footy in tricky conditions and their decision making when looking to move the ball was a mystery to onlookers.
For the second time this season the Magpies were lucky Morningside were inaccurate in front of goal and the 21 point margin flattered the Pies. Morningside won 7.13-55 to 5.4 34, yet deep in the 2nd quarter it felt as through the Pies were controlling play before 3 late goals changed the momentum, 1 from a silly Pies error and 2 from horrendous decision making that didn’t come from the players.
However, once the home team got their noses in front they strangled the Pies out of the contest, but many a Pie forward entries found uncontested Panther players which continually cruelled the Pies chances. The Pies were guilty of overusing the ball in the windy conditions and despite regular instruction to kick the ball long and direct, for some reason still tried to finesse which often resulted in a turnover.
Dan Edwards continued his fine season with another prolific display on a wing, Luca Winton, David Lewis and Jack Goodall worked hard in defence with Goodall again also playing on ball and up forward. Gerard Moore slotted back in senior football with aplomb with a strong display in ruck and Riley Easton was again busy on the ball with a typical bustling display, while Samson Ryan proved a handful up forward and could have been so much more dangerous if the Pies simply gave him a chance with their forward entries.
Mathematically the Magpies can make the five if they win their last 4 matches and rely on Mt Gravatt losing 4 of their 5 remaining matches, which is a possibility as the Vultures have a tough run home and the Pies clash with the Vultures could be crucial in the final wrap up. Labrador are the other team in the chase for 5th place and they also play 3 of the top 4 teams in their final 4 matches. So the Pies are still a chance but everything has to fall their way in the final 5 rounds, with their own destiny out of their hands.
Morningside 1.6 - 12 | 4.7 - 31 | 6.12 - 48 | 7.13 - 45
Magpies 2.1 - 13 | 3.2 - 20 | 5.2 - 32 | 5.4 - 34
Best: Edwards, Winton, Goodall, Moore, Lewis, Easton
RESERVES SUFFER DISAPPOINTING LOSS
The Western Magpies Reserves went from chocolates to boiled lollies in a week when they went down to Morningside by 74 points.
The Pies left last week's form in the change rooms as they looked like they thought it was all going to happen again by just running on the ground but they were blown away in the first quarter. The Panthers had the aid of a strong blustery wind in the first quarter but the Pies did not apply pressure and were 43 points down at quarter time. and had failed to hit the scoreboard.
To their credit they did even up the contest after quarter time and although the scoreboard showed a big loss the Pies matched the Panthers after quarter time and had 60 % of the football in their forward half but just could not kick goals, with 3.10 as the final tally telling the tale of the lack of accuracy.
Macauley Lonergan on the ball put in a strong display to put his hand top for an immediate senior recall, veteran Ben Jaenke-Cain worked hard in the middle of the ground and Harry Marshall was solid in the last line of defence. Liam Dwyer and Jack Austin were tireless in ruck and Val Pope also looked to be getting back to some strong form despite carrying a cold into the match.
The Magpies are three games out of the five and are out of finals contention but can still enjoy the rest of the year starting with a win on Saturday against Sandgate at McCarthy homes Oval at Chelmer.
Panthers 16.6 - 102 defeated Magpies 3.10 - 28
Best: Lonergan, Jaenke-Cain, Marshall, Dwyer, Austin, Pope
Goals: Lonergan, Hampel, F.Collison
COLTS BACK TO PREMIERSHIP WINNING FORM
The Western Magpies Colts have re-discovered their premiership winning form with a powerful victory over Morningside in a complete reversal of the result from their earlier season clash.
The Pies were out of the blocks with the aid of the wind and booted 7 unanswered goals to establish a match winning lead by quarter time. The Pies had an emphatic 14.6-90 to 3.4-22 victory.
Queensland Under 17 player Darcy Prest again impressed in the midfield, Jackson Paynter was the prime forward target at CHF and he booted three goals, speedster Sean Ryan has relished his return after missing with injury and he adds spark to the Pies around the packs, Lawson Campbell controlled play at half back, Cade Scott provided some power in the midfield contests and Lachlan Davies rucked well then was dangerous up forward with three goals.
Sean Ryan has returned to the side off the back of an injury and performed extremely well in his first few outings, while a number of other Colts have performed well after being blooded in Senior and Reserves Football, while there are still plenty of players set for a return to the side.
The Pies are in fourth place on the ladder with 2 other clubs on 24 points, one game behind third placed Broadbeach. So the stakes in the final 4 rounds are quite high, with a double chance in the offing but also could miss out altogether. The Pies play 3 of the bottom sides in their final 4 matches so should be able to secure a finals berth but third place is the prize they are after.
Magpies 7.3- 45 | 9.5 - 59 | 12.5 - 77 | 14.6 - 90
Panthers 0.0 - 0 | 2.1 - 13 | 2.2 - 14 | 3.4 -22
Best: Prest, Paynter, Ryan, Campbell, Scott, Davies
Goals: Paynter, Davies 3, Smith, Crowell 2, Kohler, Kante, Ferguson, Ryan
The Western Magpies start 5 weeks of elimination finals when they travel to Hawthorne to play the equal second Morningside in QAFL Round 14 action on Saturday.
There are 5 home and away rounds left this year and the Pies essentially have to win all of them to make the finals.
The Pies have been in most contests this season for only 3 wins but in the 8 losses just could not find a way to win the tight contests much like 2018, however one match in which they were well beaten was 6 weeks ago against Morningside.
The Pies will be out to show that that loss was an aberration and only have to look back to 2018 when Morningside came to Sherwood for a clean sweep of victories early in the season, only for the Magpies to travel to Jack Esplen Oval and return the favour including a 100+ point demolition in the Senior game.
The Pies have three changes to the side, one forced with Claye Beams at a wedding and Jack Austin and Macauley Lonergan both go to the Reserves to regain their early season form. David Lewis has overcome an ankle with a lot of hard work to take his place in the side.
In comes key on baller Ryan Harwood after missing a match with a thigh niggle and also in is Gerard Moore for his first Senior match in six years after compelling Reserves form--he has not played a bad game this season. Moore, a previous club captain and dual Premiership player will be no stranger to the increased intensity of Senior football and will more than hold his own in the ruck battles. Also in is rugged on-baller Gareth Crawford and he was missed in the engine room after being unavailable last week.
The Pies Intensity at the contest was good last week but it was the class of the Lions that wore them down. Morningside are a physically strong team and the Pies will need to bring their traditional "hard at it persona" to match the home team.
Moore and Samson Ryan will need to match the twin towers of Morningside to give the Pies a hope of winning the contested ball. Harwood and Crawford back in boost the Pies midfield
Moving the ball quickly will be essentialy ot give the Pies forwards a chance one out, especially the in-form Brodie Lumber who has been marking everything in recent weeks!
Down back the Pies have generally been miserly and will need to be again to keep the Panthers forwards in check. Youngsters Riley Greene and Ethan Sivijs have grown into the role and have been leading lights this year and Luca Winton has been a model of consistency. Lewis proving his fitness is a bonus for the Pies and Brenton Saunders has been in good form across half back this year.
The Magpies are still exuding good vibes and will be out to upset the Panthers and keep their flickering finals hopes alive.
QAFL Round 14: Western Magpies v Morningside at Morningside on Saturday, July 13th at 2.00 pm
B: Luke Mitchell Luca Winton Brenton Saunders
HF: Riley Greene, Jack Goodall, Ethan Sivijs
C: William Johnson Will Fletcher Rhett Lloyd
HF: Harrison Kerr Brody Lumber Dan Edwards
F: Zane Lovell Samson Ryan Kale Reed
Rucks: Aaron Highlands
Rover: Riley Easton
I/C: David Lewis Gerard Moore, Gareth Crawford, Lachie Dennis
In: Ryan Harwood, Gareth Crawford, Gerard Moore
Out: Claye Beams (wedding), Jack Austin, Macauley Lonergan (both Reserves)
RESERVES CONFIDENCE UP FOR MORNINGSIDE CLASH
The Western Magpies Reserves will go into Saturdays match with the third placed Morningside at Hawthorne with renewed confidence after a strong win over ladder leaders Palm Beach-Currumbin last week.
As is often the case with Reserves, there are again a large number of changes to the side with 6 changes which on the surface leaves the side with similar strength to last week.
The team will be bolstered with the inclusion of senior players Jack Austin andMacauley Lonergan and the return of Jayden Gallagher, the consistent Chris Hunt and Zac Collison and the lion-hearted Gabe McKinnon.
Out go Gerard Moore to well deserved Senior duties, Matt Thomson back to Redlands, Joel Workman unavailable, and the injured Rory Johnson, Ky Anderson and Mitch O'Dea.
The Magpies payed simple more direct football last week and they also lifted their pressure and they will need to bring a similar intensity this week if they are to cause another upset against a more fancied opponent.
The Pies have some key forward power with Austin joining Liam Dwyer and Val Pope also lurking and Lonergan keen to sneak a few goals. Brady Allen has been moved to half forward and he will be eager to kick a few goals to show his versatility.
Down back Collison and Hunt boost the defence and in midfield Gallagher will add some grunt to join Ben Jaenke-Cain, who was the Pies best player last week.
If the Pies bring the same intensity and enthusiasm as they showed last week then they are more than capable of taking another scalp.
QAFL Round 14: Western Magpies Reserves v Morningside at Morningside on Saturday, July 13th at 11.30 am
B: Sam Hartog Harry Marshall Peter Kilroy
HB: Zac Collison Jesse Hampel Chris Hunt
C: Hamish Campbell Jordan Bonney Macauley Lonergan
HF: Matthew Mazarolle Liam Dwyer Brady Allen
F: Chris Jenkins Jack Austin Val Pope
Rucks: Monty Vine
Rover: Ben Jaenke-Cain
I/C: Finn Collison, Deng Arok, Aiden D'Roza, Gabe McKinnon
This week the Reserves get top billing for a superb win over the ladder leading Palm Beach-Currumbin. After a slow start conceding 4 goals the Pies fought there way back into the game and trailed by 9 points at half time before dominating the second half.
Due to the wet conditions the Magpies played pretty basic but effective football which harked back to a simpler time with minimal handball, long kicking forward to a contest and were able to create pressure on the Lions defenders. The pressure applied around the contest was about 200% compared to some of the Pies recent matches. Coach Kiran Verma and the selectors pulled a master stroke by moving key forward Jesse Hampel to CHB where he blanketed the Lions key forward and the inclusions of Redlands listed Matt Thomson and Liam Dwyer also lifted the Pies. The reserves now go into their match with Morningside with renewed confidence and with a stronger side will be keen to atone for a poor effort against the panthers earlier in the season.
Gut Feelings only has admiration for the Redlands listed boys who came back to QAFL Reserves football but both put in 100% effort . Matt Thomson is a 200 game player and lauded club captain at Redlands yet he came back to the Pies after illness and had to play reserves but he just got on with the job with three goals and applied plenty of pressure up forward. His reading of then play and clean skills were a delight to watch. Liam Dwyer has played more for the Pies than Redlands in recent seasons but had just came back from 2 matches in the NEAFL to find he was in Reserves due to match up considerations. He played up forward and just gave everything as usual and ran around like a new kid in his first game, also capping his day with 3 goals . He commented afterwards it was one of the most enjoyable games he had played in for a long time.
While on the Reserves, Isaac Bongaarts was named on the bench on Thursday night but had to drop out to make way for Matt Thomson. Isaac then played for the Woodsmen on Friday night and then buttered up on Saturday to do the running for both the Reserves and Seniors. Many players may sulk in this situation but Isaac showed great team commitment and he is commended for being a true team player.
The Seniors were in it until late in the second quarter when the Lions booted three quick goals to take a handy 4 goals lead into half time. The Pies miised inspirational skipper David Lewis after he hurt an ankle late in the first quarter. Davy was controlling play across half back when he was hurt and his reading of the play cut off many Lions attacks. The lions showed why they are undefeated with clean skills and were prepared to run to overlap and create the loose man and I suppose you can do that when you are playing with confidence and also believe the odd mistake will not be too costly. Good sides believe they can win from anywhere and the Lions showed they have another gear when challenged.
Inside players like Ryan Harwood and Gareth Crawford were certainly notable outs given the boggy conditions against a quality PBC on-ball brigade.
Young guns Riley Greene and Ethan Sivijs continue to impress with each outing and both show enormous poise under pressure, especially as both patrol across half back. Both are also impressive young men who show respect for everyone involved in the club and are willing to listen and learn.
Both have developed clean skills, attack the ball and contest fearlessly and generally make the right disposal decisions. Both have got to be in contention for a Rising Star nomination and Greene in particular must be in the running for the overall QAFL Rising Star Award given his consistency this season—he just needs a nomination, that’s all!
It was great having a chat to past players Leigh Barnes, Dean Pettis, Billy Peirce and Matt Vowles on Saturday. They chatted about their time at the club in the 1980s and 1990s and they mentioned the tough times the club had in those days off the filed to make ends meet. There mentioned snooker nights to raise money with a lot of people in attendance and interestingly it was Bill Peirce who would often win the snooker tournament. Rumour has it that Bill, by his own admission was not a great snooker player, would often win as he was a teetotaller!! Bill was also very popular as he would be the designated driver after many a Sherwood function.
Leigh Barnes played for a number of years for Sherwood and West Brisbane (combined Western Districts and Sherwood) and coached West Brisbane Reserves in 1992.
As told in this column earlier in the year, Leigh was inducted as a Life Member of the USAFL after being involved for over 20 years with the Golden Gate AFL based in San Francisco. Leigh said they have 5 clubs in San Francisco which is g as many other clubs are based in far flung cities and have to travel a fair way to play. In the GGAFL he said they are flexible in numbers per side depending on availability but the aim of the game is to have a game whether it is 9 , 12, 15 or 18 a side He says about half the players are American and the success of a club is based on the American numbers because Aussies often come and go. He said the Yanks love the camaraderie of the game and tthe fact they can play past high schooling college, which is where most US sports stop. And they have actually found a pie shop in the San Francisco area.
Dean Pettis was club Treasurer in 1990 and also won the 1991 West Brisbane Reserves B & F. He said the club hung on for dear life back then and it was only the hard work and dedication of a diehard group that kept the club going. Social occasions were well attended to raise funds to keep the club afloat.
It was also good to see Life Member and past club President Matt Vowles at the footy and he had a good time catching up with fellow past players and reminiscing as above. The four checked the honour boards and came up with several names to fill in the gaps. So if you get a chance check out the honour boards and if you have a name to fill a space let President Andrew Thomson (email@example.com) know and the club will check it out. The honour boards are updated at the end of every season and the gasps are slowly being filled in.
The Grey Magpies Awards this week were presented by Greg Adams , whose profile is below. Winners were Riley Greene in Seniors, Ben Jaenke-Cain in Reserves and Sam Mehari in Colts.
The prestigious BG Award this week was awarded to Brenton Saunders, whose recent form has been excellent. Saunders was for most of his career a smart small forward with good goal sense but coach Brydan Morgan has moved him to half back where he re-invented himself to be one of the Pies most consistent players this season. We may yet see him up forward in the latter half of the year.
Young gun Bruce Reville would have his head in a spin at the moment as 2 weeks ago he was playing for the Magpies at Broadbeach then last week he played for the Brisbane Lions NEAFL against the Giants in Sydney and then weekend has been co-opted into the Redland NEAFL team to play Canberra at Manuka, guess they just make up the rules as they go, never mind his club side! Before that he was in the Queensland Under 18 team so he is building a nice collection of guernseys at the moment but he must surely wonder where he is at times!!
Greg Adams presented the “Grey Magpies” Awards after the matches against PBC last week –below is a short profile of Greg and his involvement with the Magpies (courtesy of Shane Bridley).
“Just a local kid who loved getting a kick” was how a modest Greg ADAMS described his playing history with Sherwood Districts Football Club.”
However Greg was indeed much more than that, and in the historical record of the Sherwood Districts/Western Districts Football Club – “In Black and White”, he was described as ‘pound for pound, probably the hardest , toughest player ever to play for the Club, highly skilled, and a great competitor, with a strength of character that rubbed off on his team mates’.
He was also named in the Top 50 Players for the Club over the First 50 Years.
Greg first played junior football for the Club in 1960, however he had to wait until U17’s in 1969 before he won his first Premiership for the club.
He Captained teams in U11’s, U13’s, U15’s, U17’s at Sherwood Districts, and U19’s at the neighbouring Western Districts Bulldogs club, before playing Senior Football for them at the age of 17 years
During his football career, Greg won 5 Best & Fairest Awards, along with 4 Most Consistent Player Awards, including a Queensland Junior Australian Football League Best & Fairest in 1970. A terrific effort for a player who played the game at its most physical limits.
Greg represented his state – Queensland as a footballer, playing U15 Schoolboys in 1967, then U17’s Schoolboys in 1968/1969 (Vice Captain)/ and 1970 (Captain).
His Senior football journey took him to the Western Districts Bulldogs Football Club, the Goldfields League in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Wangaratta in Victoria, before returning to play out his career at Sherwood Districts, playing in the 1975 and 1979 Premiership winning Teams, and in between, Captain/Coached the 1977 Reserves Team to a Grand Final.
Despite living away from the area for many years (he lives in Scarborough) , Greg has always maintained his love for and contact with the Sherwood Districts/Western Magpies Football Club, regularly attending home games and Club Functions, and he currently retains that active involvement through The Grey Magpies – the Past Players & Supporters Association of the Club, as well as travelling from afar each Friday to work with a number of other past players, helping to prepare the playing grounds and surrounds for each home game.
Greg Adams – another great footballer and Clubman for the Sherwood Districts/Western Magpies Football Club.
Also caught up with Mitchell "Sharky" Stallard after the game on Saturday and had a chat. Sharks has had a good year at Redlands playing in defence and was able to get to the game as the Bombers had an early game at Metricon on Saturday. Sharky is finally injury free and now playing consistent football which is great to see. he was a [popular player at the Pies and all who know him knew he oozed class and just needed a clear injury free run to demonstrate that.
The Woodsmen have had 2 good victories in the past 2 Friday nights, with a strong win over cellar dweller UQ a fortnight ago with spearhead Matt Hockley snaring 5 goals (and about 9 behinds). Last Friday the Woodies defeated Yeronga-South Brisbane which was a vital victory over a side competing for the finals. The win just the pies 2 games clear in 5th place on the QFA Friday Night League Ladder.
The Woodmsen have a huge match on tonight at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer when they host ladder leaders and premiership favourites Park Ridge. It would be great to see a large contingent of Magpie supporters wander down to see what should be a great game of football.
Dont forget to get your tickets to the Grey Magpies Sportsman luncheon with David Parkin as quest speaker. This weekend is last chance to secure your ticket so check the Western Magpies website or Facebook page for details. Cost is $90 per head for a lunch and drinks package from 11.30-2.30 then sit back and enjoy the Magpies play Sandgate.
The fifth placed Colts have a huge game on Saturday against the fourth placed Morningside. The Pies traill the Panthers by 4 points and a win will be important step in securing the Pies finals berth. Labrador are equal with the pies but play PBC this week so a win to the Colts will give them some breathing space.
The Pies are much stronger than when the sides met earlier in the season with the addition of Cade Scott, Sean Ryan, Noah Resuggan and Cam Ferguson among others, all who missed the first round encounter.
The Magpies have two players in the Queensland under 17 in Darcy Prest and Jack Briskey. Queensland were defeated by NSW/ACT on Monday at Southport but no further details are available. Congratulations on both boys being selected in the Queensland team.
The QAFL have this week announced that Maroochydore will be promoted to the QAFL next season, making it a 10 team competition once again. with Noosa also a possible inclusion as soon as next year.
The Western Magpies, confidence restored after a strong win a fortnight ago, will be up for the contest against the fourth placed Broadbeach at Broadbeach in Round 12 QAFL action later today.
The Pies have made three changes with Kale Reed and Harrison Kerr promoted after short Reserves stints and Aaron Highland returning after picking up a niggle in the interstate game vs SA. They replace the injured Drew Mitchell, Lachie Dennis unavailable and Zane Lovell back to the Reserves.
The Pies retain exciting youngsters in ruckman Samson Ryan and classy winger Bruce Reville, both key players in the Pies' win a fortnight ago.
Ryan in particular gives the Pies midfield the first opportunity in the centre clearances which makes a huge difference to the Magpies forward entries. Ryan Harwood has 2 matches under his belt now and was back to his best last round with the maximum 10 Syd Guildford votes and Claye Beams is starting to show what Pies fans know he is capable. Will Fletcher is playing consistent football and is developing into a bull at the contest while Tom Baulch provided spark from a wing on his return to the side last round.
With a return to availability of several key players for the Pies, coach Brydan Morgan has freed up the game plan with the Pies happy to push the ball forward and if needed be to kick to a contest in the 25 metre arc as well as playing possession football when the game dictates.
With Jack Austin developing with each game and Brody Lumber getting back to form the Pies have a couple of key targets to either mark the ball or force it to ground. Lumber in particular has been taking plenty of strong marks, but will need to bring his kicking boots back to have a greater impact. Posessing a beautiful smooth kicking action, he’s stabbed at a few in recent weeks and his accuracy suffered - however, taking strong marks is the hard bit and Lumber is a beautiful set shot when relaxed.
The defence has been miserly all year and with Beams on half back playing a distribution role, Luca Winton having not lowered his colours since Round 1 and skipper David Lewis back to control proceedings across half back the Pies look solid in the back half. Brenton Saunders has-re-invented himself as a back pocket and Riley Greene has been strong for the Pies all year and must surely be close to a Rising Star nomination before too long.
The Pies must win this match if they want to play finals football this year and with a bounce in the step in the past 2 weeks they will be up for the challenge.
QAFL Round 12: Western Magpies v Broadbeach at Broadbeach on Saturday, June 29th at 2.00 pm
B: Luke Mitchell Luca Winton Brenton Saunders
HB: David Lewis (Capt) Riley Greene, Claye Beams
C: Bruce Reville Ryan Harwood Tom Baulch
HF: Aaron Highlands Brody Lumber Dan Edwards
F: Macauley Lonergan Jack Austin Harrison Kerr
Rucks: Samson Ryan
Rover: Gareth Crawford
I/C: Ethan Sivijs, Will Fletcher, Riley Easton, Kale Reed
In: Kale Reed, Harrison Kerr, Aaron Highlands
Out: Drew Mitchell (inj) , Zane Lovell (Reserves) , Lachie Dennis (unavailable)
PIES RESERVES NEED TO BOUNCE BACK
Unlike their Senior counterparts, the Western Magpies Reserves will have been champing at the bit to get back into it and try for some redemption after a disappointing loss a fortnight ago.
The Magpies had a strong team last round and did not produce, though there were several late changes to the side before they ran out. This Saturday's team is arguably stronger with key inclusions in Joel Workman, Zach Collison, Gabe McKinnon, Monty Vine and Ky Anderson. Another new name on the team list is Brady Allen who has returned after an early season sabbatical and he also adds to the Pies firepower and it is good to have him back. Previously a regular senior player he will add depth later in the year.
Anderson is a strong type and has been named in the best players in every match he has played for the Woodsmen and his one Reserves match.
The Pies have swung Harry Marshall forward and Jesse Hampel moves to CHF and with Workman and Matt Mazarolle on the flanks the Pies half forward line looks strong.
Gerard Moore leads the ruck alongside Monty Vine and will be looking to build on his quality run of good form, being named best on ground in his most recent 3 appearances. Jayden Gallagher gets a chance in the midfield and his strong body and raking left foot could be crucial for the Pies.
Rhett Lloyd will be better after his first match last game after crossing from Southport. He took time to settle in but will be better for the run and the experienced Ben Jaenke-Cain adds to the midfield depth and he will want to play well to push his claims for a senior recall.
Collison comes back to make up a strong half back line with youngster Hamish Campbell and the experienced Chris Hunt.
Broadbeach are struggling this year after a Grand final appearance last year and the Pies won their earlier encounter comfortably but the ladder has Broadbeach 6th and the Pies 8th, so to keep their finals hopes alive the Pies will need a repeat result of Round 4.
QAFL Round 12: Western Magpies Reserves v Broadbeach at Broadbeach on Saturday, June 29th at 11.30 am
B: Peter Kilroy Gabe McKinnon Sam Hartog
HB: Chris Hunt Hamish Campbell Zac Collison
C: Aiden D’Roza Jordan Bonney Ben Jaenke-Cain
HF: Joel Workman Jesse Hampel Matt Mazarolle
F: Zane Lovell Harry Marshall Rhett Lloyd
Rucks: Gerard Moore
Rover: Rory Johnson
I/C: Isaac Bongaarts, Monty Vine, Ky Anderson, Brady Allen
A very strong looking Colts lineup heads down the highway to take on 3rd placed Broadbeach in a game where the Magpies will be looking to show their progress and improvement from earlier in the season when Broadbeach stunned them by 12 goals after a 7 goal to zip opening quarter.
The Magpies are a different looking side to Round 3, with huge inclusions such as Sean Ryan, Cade Scott, Charlie Thorpe, Jack Briskey, Jonty McDougall, Lawson Campbell and Darcy Prest to name a few!
It’s an incredibly strong looking engine room with Briskey, Prest and Ryan on the ball and Resuggan in the centre, with some serious midfield depth to push through the midfield including Cade Scott who has played several seniors games in 2019.
It’s a smaller looking forward line with the hugely impressive Jackson Paynter out and the big 2018 Premiership hero Cameron Ferguson who are both unavailable, but with the explosive pace and spring of Jonty McDougall, the marking power of Lachlan Davies and the experience of Lachlan Pearson who knows where the big sticks are, its a potent forward-line with plenty of avenues to goal.
Down back, the dash of Charlie Thorpe with his running power and penetrating kick will be a huge in for the Pies, while Whitlam Bishop will fill the key post in the goal square. The hard nut Lawson Campbell will no doubt find his way back there at some point, but has been released to a wing to start the game, and will come hard off the line.
Broadbeach shocked the defending Premiers back in Round 4 with an opening quarter that put the game almost completely to bed, so the Pies will need to be switched on from the opening bounce to avoid a repeat. With a raft of quality inclusions, the Pies are primed for the 2nd half of the season and will be looking to start their run here.
QAFL Round 12: Western Magpies Colts v Broadbeach at Broadbeach on Saturday, June 29th at 9.30 am
B: Brodie Gardner - Whitlam Bishop - Tyler Bobin
HB: Rory Edwards - Charlie Thorpe - Jacob Aurisch
C: Ritti Batilimoyo - Noah Resuggan (C) - Lawson Campbell
HF: Cade Scott - Lachlan Davies - Jonty McDougall
F: Lachlan Pearson - Cooper Crowell - Abu Kante
Foll: Jack Briskey - Darcy Prest - Sean Ryan
Int: Kelly Seimer - Byron Kohler - Jack Spry - Coleman Cornford