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PLACE PREVIEW - MAGPIES LOOK TO FINISH YEAR ON HIGH

Andrew Thomson

MAGPIES KEEN TO END SEASON ON A POSITIVE NOTE

The Western Magpies will be looking to emulate last week’s effort when they take on finals bound Morningside at Hawthorne on Saturday.

Recent encounters with Morningside have generally been hard fought with the game up fro grabs late, only for an inexperienced Magpie outfit to let them slip late.  However if the Pies can take the same intensity into the match that they displayed last week against ladder leader Labrador then they will give themselves a chance at an upset.

Despite the Pies now being out of the finals race, coach Brydan Morgan maintained standards and dropped Brady Allen and Jake de Winter for disciplinary reasons –  missing training without a valid excuse —and brought in strong young forward Jeremy deRooy for his first senior match and veteran Gabe McKinnon for his first senior match of 2017. Also in are Redlands listed Jack Goodall and young tall Matt Mazarolle.

Dom Beer misses with a shoulder injury and 16 year old forward/midfielder Caleb Franks returns to the Colts to prepare for finals when the young Pies meet the Panthers in a 1 v 2 top of the table clash at 9.30 am on Saturday—well worth an early start to the footy.

The injured Drew Mitchell, Charlie Pershouse and Lachie Dennis did not come up and will sit out the final match of the season. Brodie Easton passed the concussion test on Thursday night and will take his place in the side.

The versatile Goodall adds to the line up as he can play back or forward and young DeRooy gets his chance after consistent Reserves form. He can take a big grab and despite a somewhat awkward kicking style is an accurate kick for goal.

The Pies’ engine room of Gareth Crawford, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Tom Ielasi and Logan Murray were instrumental in the Pies fightback last week and with ruckmen Aaron Highlands and Liam Dwyer both in good form the Pies will need all of them on song to match the experienced Morningside on-ball brigade.  

With Franks and de Winter both out, the goalkicking options will fall to Goodall, Riley Easton, DeRooy and Brenton Saunders with the dangerous Val Pope always able to bob up with a few majors.

The Morningside tall forwards posed a major problem for the Pies late in the game a month ago and Mr Reliable Harry Marshall and the resurgent Matt Dillon will have a big job curtailing the Panthers key forwards.

The move of stand-in skipper Matt Davis and Luke Mitchell to the wings has rejuvenated both and they have been key players in recent weeks for the Pies and offer another route to goal.

The task in front of the Pies is daunting but with only pride to play for the Pies will be keen to end the season on a winning note and put a dent in the Panthers confidence leading into the finals. 

Western Magpies v Morningside at Hawthorne on Saturday, August 19th at 2.00 pm

B: Billy Johnson Harry Marshall Rohan Smith

HB: Mitchell StallardMatt Dillon  Gabe McKinnon

C:  Matt Davis ©  Ben Jaenke-Cain Luke Mitchell

HF: Brenton Saunders Liam Dwyer Jack Goodall

F: Riley Easton Jeremy DeRooyVal Pope

Rucks: Aaron Highlands Gareth Crawford

Rover: Tom Ielasi

I/c: Logan Murray, Matt Mazarolle, Brodie Easton, Kurt Vine

BodyKey Chiropractic - Ressies Preview

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Reserves are on the receiving end of a long injury list in the club and will go into their final match against top side Morningside with an understrength team.

While the Pies were well beaten on the scoreboard last match it was only one poor quarter that brought them undone.

With a young and inexperienced team lapses in concentration are bound to happen and it won’t get any easier on Saturday.

The Pies do have senior player in Brady Allen in the side  which should give them a lift. Also in are Sean McEvoy,  and Luke de Nys, Jesse Pukullus, James Nightingale and Todd Billing all for their first games this year

Out are skipper Gabe McKinnon, young forward Jeremy deRooy and half back Matt Mazarolle  all to the Seniors, ruckman Geoff Gibb with a hand injury,  half forward Rory Johnson (knee) and Tom Cooper and Reid Dobson.

Stand-in skipper Bryce Crossley has had a consistent season and will be keen to finish off in style after what has been a long and somewhat disappointing season for the Reserves.

The on-ball brigade of Josh Uebergang, Sean Mewing and Josh White will need to work hard for the Pies to get first use of the football. Uebergang has been a good find for the Pies in his first year of footy and has worked hard in every game, while White has also had a consistent season.

McEvoy is looking forward to a game at last after a long period out with a back injury and a move forward will please him.

The Pies have a tough task in front of them and coach Craig Allen will ask his charges for one last effort to try to finish the season off on a positive note.

Western Magpies Reserves v Morningside at Hawthorne at 11.30 am on Saturday,  August 19th.

B: Thomas LukeJamie PageBrayden Thomas

HB: Tom RoderickBrady Allen Luke deNys

C: Matt CowtonBryce Crossley (Capt.)  James Gainsford

HF: Will Lloyd  Will Burgess Scott Taylor

F: Jesse Pakullus  Sean McEvoy (vc) James Nightingale

Ruck: Joshua UebergangSean Mewing

Rover: Joshua White

I/C:  Todd Billing, TBA

Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Colts Preview

Andrew Thomson

1 v 2 as Colts take on Morningside

The Colts travel to Morningside this weekend to take on the ladder leaders in their final home and away round of the year. These two teams have played some cracking games over the years and this one promises to be no different. The stakes a high for the young Magpies, as a quality performance on Saturday could tie up a top 3 spot.

The Colts have been bolstered by the return of Caleb Franks and Tristan Jackson this weekend and are really looking forward to the physical impact both players can have up forward and through the middle of the ground. Again, injury and illness have forced several changes but the coaches are confident that the 22 on the paddock will be able to get the job done.

This clash promises to be played at a frantic pace and so the Magpies will need to be at their defensive best if they want to keep the might of the Panthers at bay. Stingy backmen Whitlam Bishop, Zac Stegmeyer and Will Gillespie will be once again called on to be at their very best, providing the Magpies runners confidence to attack of half back.

The Colts will be without their trusty full forward Jordan Bonney this week but expect Jayden Johnson, Hamish Campbell and Jack Austin to stand up in his absence. It's a huge week for the Magpies midfield but the likes of Sheath, Hartog and Webber are always up to the task.

Get around the boys in their final game. It commence at 9:30 am at Morningside and the Colts are looking to enter the finals with a flourish and maintain the momentum built in recent weeks.

Western Magpies Colts v Morningside at Hawthorne on Saturday, August 19th  at 9.30 am

B: Will Gillespie, Whitlam Bishop, Tristan Dowdy

HB: Ethan Sivijs, Zac Stegemeyer, Sam De Nys  

C: Noah Resuggan, Max Webber, Dan Edwards,           

HF: Jayden Johnson, Jack Austin, Hamish Campbell,

F: Abdullah Haddad, Cameron Macdonald, Tristan Jackson

Rucks:  Harry Keenan, Jacob Sheath

Rover: Sam Hartog

Int: Callum Grant, Caleb Franks, Tom Slatter,  Daniel Grandy  

Coopers Friday Footy Preview - Woodies take on Zillmere for spot in Grand Final

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen head north tonight to take on the defending premiers Zillmere for a spot straight into the Grand Final and a well earnt week off next week.

While the Woodies will miss a number of key players through injury and unavailability, the pleasing thing about 2017 is that the new found depth of the squad means a very strong 22 will take the field despite the outs.

Reigning B&F winner Sam Curtis, ruckman Andrew Thomsonand Brett McEvoy are all unavailable due to other commitments, while injury has claimed some of the older stalwarts in dual Premiership skipper Toohey (hamstring), Green (calf) and Prior (shoulder) while youngster Elliott Heath has failed to get up from a hamstring suffered 6 weeks ago making his reserves debut.

However, the quality of the squad across the entire 22 can't be faulted with plenty of experience and form putting the boys in good stead for a serious crack at direct entry into the GF.

The Woodies will again be lead by a strong back 6, the cornerstone of any Woodsmen team for many years.  Paul Eaton with his closing speed, long kicking and athleticism provides a versatile option, while Andrew Bell is in career best form recently at full-back with several key scalps via his surprising speed and immovable strength.  In the other pocket, Travis Young has been a consistent performer for weeks on end since joining the side mid season, with his decision making and vision to release teammates with quality handballs a feature.  The halfback line is a picture of quality and experience, with Sam Long on one flank offering the versatility of playing tall or small, a bit of poise and 'decades' of experience!  On the other flank is the poise and pressure of Tim McEvoy who not only provides toughness and skill, but also a strong voice and will direct traffic with aplomb.  In the key post is Scotty Matthews, who hasn't missed a beat filling the enormous boots of Tim Green at Centre Half Back for large parts of the season.

The midfield engine room starts in the centre with Matt Hockley while the in form Lochie McDonald will patrol one wing with his long penetrating kicking and speed expected to hurt Zillmere.  While on the other wing, the wily old veteran Kiran Verma returns to his preferred position after a week off with injury.  Rounding out the midfield engine will be the experienced McCewen in the ruck and Lachlan Woods and Chris Davis at ground level looking to dominate stoppages in the absence of Curtis.  Davis has been in strong form recently on the flanks and will be looking to continue that form in the middle, while Woods will be getting his first look at the strong Zillmere midfield and will be looking to stamp his authority.

Across half forward the Woodsmen have class and versatility in Garland on the flank, who provides a tall marking option who can also win the ball at ground level and will no doubt spend time in the midfield.  On the other flank is Greg Matthews, who has hit good form recently as a small forward and midfield rotation.  'Moe' is known as a bit of a 'finals specialist' so will be looking to live up to his reputation again this week.  At CHF, Gerard Moore really straightens the side up and will be looking to dominate in the air and use his workrate to good effect.  Fresh off a 7 goal haul 'Big G' is ready to go and will surprise opponents with his efforts below his knees when the ball spills.

Deep forward the Woodies will be hard to match up on, with the wily veteran and league leading goalkicker in one pocket offering a leading target who can crumb off the talls and push up the ground when needed, while the electric Jake Fuentes in the other pocket adds a new dimension to the Woodies when he plays deep with his tackling pressure and ability to get front and centre a real feature.  Fresh off a B.O.G performace, Fuentes will be peaking nicely at the right time.  Last but not least is Jay Baker who has matured beautifully like a fine wine this season in his return from a serious knee injury.  The former high flyer has been slowly building in the back half of the year before kicking 21 goals in the final 4 H&A rounds and the big V8 is now purring beautifully, with 7 last week and 5 in his last outing vs Zillmere.

Always strong in the starting lineup, the Woodies this week will also get plenty of game breaking ability from the bench.  Blake Barkley was potentially the best defender in the side earlier in the year before a hamstring cost him 5 weeks.  However, having this sort of quality to rotate through defence and potentially half forward as well shows the depth of the squad.  Shayne Baldwin also offers versatility, this year having played roles on the wing, at half back, half forward and occasional stints on the ball as well.  Work rate and aerial ability no doubt his key strengths.  Rounding out the 22 will be latecomer Ben Ness who arrived at the club late in the year and was told he would be unlikely to get a start, but instead he's played quality game after quality game to force is his way into the side and will no doubt spend plenty of time in the on-ball rotation, while 2016 Rising Woody Nick Masters will look to perform a role potentially on a wing, as well as back up ruck duties with his elite disposal and composure giving him the ability to really hurt the opposition.

The Woodsmen would appreciate all the support we can garner from the Magpie Faithful as they look to secure a spot in the 2017 Grand Final.  Friday 18/8 - 730pm, Zillmere Eagles - Zillmere Road, Zillmere:

B: Eaton - Bell - Young

HB: Long - S.Matthews - T.McEvoy

C: Verma - Hockley - McDonald

HF: Garland - Moore - G. Matthews

F: Mihalopoulos - Baker - Fuentes

Foll: McCewen - Woods - Davis

Int: Barkley - Baldwin - Ness - Masters

MACK TRUCK MATCH REVIEW - BRAVE PIES FALL SHORT BY A TIGERS WHISKER

Andrew Thomson

UNDEFEATED LABRADOR 'SAVED BY THE BELL'

A brave and undermanned Western Magpies came very close to inflicting undefeated Labrador’s first defeat since 2016in a tough encounter at Chelmer on Saturday.

The Pies staged a remarkable comeback in the last quarter after trailing at three quarter time by 22 points. The Pies booted 6 unanswered goals, 4 in the first 6 minutes of the last quarter to take a 15 point lead but were unable to hold on and went down in a nail biter by 5 points.

At twist in the tail occurred when Pies small forward Brenton Saunders roved a hurried kick into the forward line at the 32 minute mark of the final quarter and as the siren sounded snapped truly for a goal to give the Pies a 1 point win. However the kick was correctly deemed to have occurred a split second after the siren and the goal did not count.

The luckless Pies went down 13.12-90 to Labrador’s 14.11-95.

Down to 20 men by half time after midfielder Brodie Easton was concussed at the 15 minute mark of the game after being felled late after taking a mark and ruckman Dom Beer battled on gamely until half time with a shoulder injury, the young Magpies showed remarkable toughness and resilience to fight back and nearly cause the upset of the season to keep their finals hopes alive.  It was a gutsy performance also given the Pies long injury list which has decimated them recently.

Unfortunately for the Magpies they are now out of the finals race with their last match against Morningside being academic before a last round bye.

The first ten minutes of the match was a case of how far the Tigers as they got away to a fast start, booting 4 goals before the Magpies knew what hit them.

The Pies then settled and were able to contain the more fancied rivals and an arm wrestle then ensued for two and half quarters.

It was tough uncompromising football and Pies 200 gamer Val Pope said if it was one of the hardest games he has played in the black and white.

By quarter time the Pies were 5 goals down but from half way through the first quarter until ¾ time the Pies matched the Tigers with 6 goals each and kept Labrador goalless in the second quarter.

The start of the last quarter saw the Pies explode out of the centre with young ruckmen Aaron Highlands and Liam Dwyer getting on top and Gareth Crawford and Logan Murray pushing the ball forward with bullocking play. The Pies were able to scramble early goals from packs then with their confidence up were well on top to go to a 15 point lead at the 20 minute mark of the quarter. With a huge upset on the cards the experienced Tigers lifted and were able to transition the ball forward for 4 goals to wrest the lead back to 11 points.  Some of the more experienced Tigers showed their class to create goals from half chances, which was telling in the end. A late Pies goal closed the gap and then the exciting last 30 seconds saw the disallowed Saunders goal.  

Gareth Crawford continued his good form with plenty of tough contested possessions in midfield and 16 year old Queensland representative Caleb Franks showed maturity and toughness beyond his years to boot 3 goals and be a livewire up forward. Logan Murray was tough in the clinches and won plenty of contested possession in midfield to have his best game of the season.

Mitchell Stallard showed he is all class with a polished display off half back in his return match following further foot surgery and Harry Marshall largely kept a tight rein on the Tigers key forward Bryce Retzlaff, conceding four goals but for the most part matching his highly credentialed opponent despite an obvious size differential.

Brady Allen, out of sorts early, responded to a quarter time serve from coach Brydan Morgan to become a key defender and was instrumental in shutting down many Tiger forward thrusts.  Highlands and Dwyer worked hard in ruck and then across half forward to both be fine contributors.

The Pies’ gutsy effort was all the more meritorious considering they came off a shellacking last week and were missing the injured skipper Drew Mitchell, Charlie Pershouse, Lachie Dennis, David Lewis, Joe Murphy, Aaron Maricic, Will Fletcher and Sam Copland with Jack Goodall back at Redlands and Chris Hunt taking some time off.

The Pies travel to Hawthorne on Saturday to meet Morningside, and while the result is academic, they will be looking to send the Panthers into the finals with a loss. Coach Morgan will be asking for one final effort from his team to finish off a frustrating season with another positive display from this young team.

Coach’s thoughts: Brydan Morgan:

“Disappointed in the final result but immensely proud of the boys considering we had a limited bench for most of the game. They responded to the challenge I put to them at quarter time to be hard at the ball and fight for every possession and I could not have asked more of them.

They were totally spent at the end of the game but could walk  off with their heads held high.

After losing Brodie Easton, Logan Murray played a tagging role on Hicks, and Aaron Highlands playing a defensive forward role on Mills and both played their role for the team which was crucial in setting up a great performance from the team as a whole. Crawford was again good in the middle, Marshall did a good job once again on a bigger opponent and young Franks showed he has what it takes at this level.

It has been tough in recent weeks with injuries but this team has showed resilience time and again and in terms of experience and games played would be by far the youngest team in the QAFL and have been in the finals race since Round 1.

Disappointed we will miss finals and some costly losses early in the year to Grange and Broadbeach seriously impacted on our season.

I am hopeful of keeping most of the squad together next year and with some promising youngsters in the Colts to come through and some bigger bodied recruits on the horizon will be well placed in 2018.”

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Western Magpies 1.3-9    3.6-24  6.11-47   13.12-90
Labrador              6.3-39  6.7-43  10.9-69   14.11-95

Western Magpies

Goal Kickers: C. Franks 3, J. De Winter 2, M. Stallard, B. Easton, B. Saunders, V. Pope, W. Johnson, R. Easton, B. Jaenke-Cain, G. Crawford
Best Players: G. Crawford, L. Murray, H. Marshall, A. Highlands, B. Allen, C. Franks

One2One Plumbing - Ressies Review

Andrew Thomson

UNDERMANNED RESERVES BADLY BEATEN
The Western Magpies Reserves were soundly beaten by a bigger and stronger Labrador at Chelmer on Saturday.
The Pies Reserves have been on the receiving end of a long injury list throughout the club and while they battled on manfully and finished with the final three goals of the game,  the more experienced and physically stronger Tigers were in control from the first bounce.

The Magpies went down 6-6-42 to 20-12-132.

The Pies weren't far off the pace in the first half but simple skill errors proved costly and they fell 6 goals behind at half timebut were overrun in the third quarter when the Tigers booted 9 goals to one to take a large lead into the final quarter. To their credit they then fought hard in the last quarter to match the Tigers with four goals each for the quarter.

Defenders in skipper Gabe McKinnon and Jamie Page had plenty of work to do and battled on manfully. Page has been a solid contributor all season and McKinnon has rarely played a bad game. Sean Mewing and Bryce Crossley worked hard on ball to stem the tide and youngsters in ruckman Geoff Gibb and key forward Jeremy DeRooy were also prominent with DeRooy kicking 3 goals in a strong display.


Western Magpies
0.2-2 1.2-8 2.4-16 6.6-42
Labrador
3.5-23 7.9-51 16.12-108 20.12-132

Western Magpies

Goal Kickers: J. DeRooy 3, R. Johnson, B. Crossley, M. Mazerolle
Best Players: G. McKinnon, J. Page, S. Mewing, B. Crossley, G. Gibb, J. DeRooy

Westpoint Autos - Colts Review

Andrew Thomson

Colts Maintain Winning Ways

The Colts hot run of form continued on the weekend as they dispatched the Labrador Tigers in the final home game of the season. Whilst the Colts lead from start to finish some inaccurate kicking and a drop in intensity kept the Tigers in the game. Throughout the second and third quarters scores were fairly tight, however, the much taller Tigers team couldn't manage to keep up with the run and gun style of the young Magpies as the game wore on.

Key forwards Jack Austin and Hamish Campbell were unstoppable in the air, leading hard, clunking marks and converting on the score board. They were ably supported by Abdullah Haddad, the returning Chris Jenkins and Max Webber who fought hard at ground level and were all able to hit the score board.

In the second half of the game the Mids picked up their intensity around the football and were able to hold sway. Jacob Sheath and Sam Hartog continued their rich vein of form and the the combination of Cal Grant, Noah Resuggan and Daniel Edwards on the wings is really starting to click.

The boys are really starting to embrace the challenge of the looming finals and are looking forward to playing the best in the business in Morningside this weekend in their final home and away match of the season. 

Western Magpies 11.12 - 78

Defeated

Labrador Tigers 8.7 - 55

Best: Austin, Dowdy, Campbell, Sivijs, Webber, Stegmeyer

Goals: Austin 3, Bonney 2, Webber 2, Campbell 2, Jenkins 1, Haddad 1

Coopers - Friday Footy Review

Andrew Thomson

WOODSMEN SECURE 2ND SPOT AS FINALS COMMENCE

Western Magpies 3rds/Woodsmen enjoyed a 100 point win in the final round of the home & away season against Ormeau last Friday night.

Resting several key players suffering from niggles, the Woodsmen were still able to show their depth with a strong 22 taking the field as players look to push for selection come finals time.

Apart from a 2nd quarter blip where only 1 goal was kicked by either side, the Woodies managed to control the tempo of the game for the most part, though the Bulldogs did enjoy a period of territorial advantage early in the last quarter that put the Woodies defenders under pressure.

Playing an unusually tall forward line at times, the Woodies were very reliant on marking power up front as if the ball hit the ground, Ormeau would expect to run it out quickly given the relative speed of most of the Woodies forwards!  However, mark the footy they did with Baker and Moore kicking 7 goals each, while other talls in Thomson & Garland also hit the scoreboard.

Darcy McCewen returned to the ruck duties after a long absence due to injury and was impressive with his work rate and his touch around the stoppages has not faded with some quality tap work.  Lochie McDonald continued his recent purple patch of form with plenty of touches and his penetrating kicking a real feature.  Greg Matthews had his best game of the year, and is hitting form at the right time with quality work on-ball as well as plenty of pressure and a good work-rate across half forward.  The only blip on the game was a potential hamstring injury to skipper Sean Toohey after kicking a classic crumbing goal, but while he may miss the first final it doesn't appear serious.

Pleasingly, Sammy Long and Blake Barkley both returned after long layoffs due to hamstring injuries and slotted in nicely to regain some touch ahead of finals.

The Woodies take on ladder leaders Zillmere at Zillmere this Friday night at 730pm with the victor earning the right to a grand final berth.  All Magpie supporters are encouraged to head north to support the boys in the big game, and with a few players away due to family commitments - volunteers for water duties and other assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Woodsmen 20.13 - 133

defeated

Ormeau 3.2 - 20

Goals: Baker 7, Moore 7, Garland 3, Thomson, G.Matthews, Toohey 1

Best: McDonald, G.Matthews, Ness, Moore, Baker, Young

PLACE PREVIEW - MAGPIES TAKE ON TIGERS IN DO OR DIE MATCH

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies senior side will take on undefeated ladder leaders Labrador at Chelmer on Saturday to keep their 2017 finals hopes alive.

While taking on the Tigers is a daunting task, the Pies were the last side to beat them in QAFL football with a 1 point win at Labrador last year, before also being the only side to push them at all in the back end of 2016 with a 3 point loss at home and a 20 point qualifying final loss.

With everything on the line for the Pies, they will leave nothing in the tank - while the Tigers are untouchable in 1st place on the ladder and could be forgiven for tapering into finals.

Unfortunately there are more forced changes to the side this week with key outs in Pershouse and Mitchell due to injury, while Dillon, Saunders and Stallard are welcomed back into the side to offer experience and plenty of zip and skill around the footy.  Stallard is back from another long injury layoff and will no doubt raring to go for his home club.

The midfield without their injured skipper will need to be at their uncompromising best, getting first use and locking the ball down when Labrador take possession.  Smart ball use will be key to ensure the experienced and talented half back line of the Tigers aren't able to zone off and take intercept marks before setting up a Tiger counter attack from the back half.

The Pies will need to be bold and prepared to take risks to get the ball in quick and deep to a mobile forward-line.  Nothing breeds confidence and boldness with the footy like applying scoreboard pressure, so the boys will need to take their opportunities when they are presented - as a quality outfit like the back to back Premiers will hurt you if you don't put them away when you can.

It promises to be a fascinating encounter between a young side looking to prove themselves against the old tigers sitting atop the ladder who have been there and done that.  Nothing would please the Magpie faithful more than a thrilling win to keep the finals hopes alive coming into their final fixture next week.

NOTE THE MATCH STARTS AT 1PM DUE TO THE Q-CLASH

Western Magpies v Labrador at Chelmer Saturday, August 12  at 1:00 pm

B:            Kurt Vine          Harry Marshall       B Johnson                            

HB:        Matt Dillon           Brady Allen           Mitch Stallard

C:           Matt Davis            Ben Jaenke Cain   Luke Mitchell   

HF:         Brenton SaundersAaron HighlandsLiam Dwyer                        

F:            Val Pope            Jake de Winter       Riley Easton        

Rucks:   Dom Beer, Gareth Crawford

Rover:    Brodie Easton

 I/c:,        Caleb Franks, Logan Murray ,R Smith, Tom Ielasi

One2One Plumbing - Ressies Preview

Andrew Thomson

RESERVES LOOKING TO LIFT FOR LAST HOME GAME

The Western Magpies Reserves will again go into another clash with a depleted line up as the toll of injuries in the club has an impact on the playing stocks.

The Pies have struggled in recent weeks with a drop off in intensity at training having an effect on match days. Coach Craig Allen will ask his charges for a better effort in the this game at home as well as the final match of the season next Saturday to at least finish the year with heads held high.

The Magpies have been notoriously slow starters in recent matches and by the time they get into gear they find themselves behind the eight-ball.   Their opponents in Labrador have had an up and down season and currently lie fifth on the ladder.

Standouts for the year have been centreman Bryce Crossley who rarely plays a bad game, Jamie Page who has stood up in defence and been rewarded with regular effort on the track with a fine season under pressure and young on-ballers Will Lloyd and Joshua White, who will both push for senior selection next year as they continue to mature and improve.

Big improvers have been Joshua Uebergang in his first season of AFL and young forward Jeremy DeRooy,  who continues to make a contest up forward.

The Pies will look to these players to give a contest as well as the experienced Sean Mewing to lead the way.

The young Pies have a task in front of them but with a positive attitude can spring an upset against an inconsistent Tigers outfit. 

GAMES COMMENCE 1 HOUR EARLIER - PLEASE NOTE

Western Magpies Reserves v Labrador at Chelmer at 10.30 am on Saturday,  August 12th.

B: Thomas LukeJamie PageBrayden Thomas

HB: Tom RoderickJoshua WhiteMatt Mazarolle

C: Matt CowtonBryce Crossley (VC)  James Gainsford

HF: Rory Johnson  Gabe McKinnon (Capt) Scott Taylor

F: Will BurgessJeremy De RooyGeoff Gibbs

Ruck: Joshua UebergangWill Lloyd

Rover: Sean Mewing

I/C: TBA