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MCCARTHY HOMES MATCH REVIEW - PIES GRIND OUT 4TH STRAIGHT WIN

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies added a tick their finals credentials with hard fought win over Labrador played in perfect conditions in front of a healthy home crowd at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday.

Labrador have played in the past four QAFL Grand Finals for two premierships and remain a formidable outfit in 2018 as key players slowly return.

In a first half where the Pies controlled the game largely and lead most of the important stats, they remained challenged on the scoreboard and on several occasions looked like they could skip away before Labrador efficiently closed the gap with accurate and clean finishing.  Midway through the 2nd the Pies controlled proceedings but missed several simple shots to have just a 15 point lead before Labrador came late with a burst of 3 goals in 3 minutes to take a half-time 1 point lead.

The Pies knew they were well and truly in a contest as the Labrador midfield gained ascendancy at the contest and their key talls at both ends were threatening, with 2017 Grogan Medalist Wade Mills a constant headache with his marking prowess in defence, both chopping off Magpie attacks but also as the linkman out of trouble. The Magpies then slipped 2 goals behind in the third quarter but fought back to take 9 point lead at three quarter time after taking advantage scoring opportunities.

Early goals were the order of the day for the Pies at the start of the final quarter but it was the Tigers who booted 2 quick goals to snatch a 3 point lead and put the Pies fans on edge. With the Tiger tail wagging and tails up it looked like the match was could be slipping from the Pies grasp. But this is a resilient group who are starting to believe and they gritted their teeth, composed themselves and actually dominated the final 20 minutes to boot 3 goals and run out 16 points winners, 12.12-84 to 10.8-68.

The match was hard fought and tough affair and no more than 3 goals separated the sides during the game--the Pies 16 point margin was the equal largest for the match. 

Coach Brydan Morgan was proud of the win as the Pies were challenged by a resurgent Tigers and he commented that sometimes you have to win ugly but as long as the 4 points are pocketed that it is all that matters--and winning ugly often wins premierships!!  Morgan pointed out that Labrador came to play and their intensity was up a few notches compared to recent matches.

Morgan as rapt in the performance of key defender Brady Allen, who after starting the season in the Reserves has repaid his coach with 3 solid performances since his recall. Allen used his strength and height to win some key battles and then used his strong left foot to roost the Pies into attack.

Morgan also singled out fullback Stephen Mills, a Redland listed player, who held key forward and ex AFL player Bryce Retzlaff to 2 goals. Mills looks to be enjoying the Magpies environment and although as all NEAFL listed players he would prefer to play for his NEAFL club, he has embraced the Pies culture and is a popular player at Chelmer. 

Billy Johnson was also a key player in his first game back at the Pies after Brisbane Lions NEAFL duties and an ankle injury.and he booted 3 goals in a fine performance on the wing. His 3 goals were vital at times when the Pies were in danger of being overrun. He was able to slot back into the Pies line-up seamlessly and looked right at home at his home club. 

Kale Reed continued his good recent form to be a busy player up forward, continually harassing the tiger defenders to create a few turnovers and he booted 2 important goals as well.

David Lewis and Luca Winton were fine defenders with Lewis again marking strongly across half back and Winton mopping up well and defusing several Labrador sorties.

Anthony Corrie bobbed at crucial times to boot 3 goals, including a vintage effort collecting a groundball to turn his opponent inside out before kicking truly from the arc. Liam Dwyer worked hard in ruck and then was busy up forward to kick 3 vital goals. It should have been 4 goals as the umpire was fooled by a Labrador player on the mark clapping as the ball went past and although the kick was true the field umpire was in a terrible rush to call touched, when the Labrador player was nowhere near it!  The Pies could argue they had 2 further goals as Corrie and Jake De Winter had kicks that appeared to clearly go through the big sticks only to be ruled as behinds by the goal umpire. De Winters was especially disappointing as it followed his latest entry to Mark of the Year with plenty of hang time much to the delight of the home crowd.

Aaron Highlands also did a workmanlike job in the ruck to be named the BG Award winner for the match and half forward Riley Easton won several crucial turnovers and his tackle pressure was important for the Magpies.

The Pies are fourth on the ladder and face another big test on Saturday at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer when they host a resurgent Morningside, who demolished the previously unbeaten Mt Gravatt by 102 points on the weekend.  

Western Magpies 2.3 - 15 | 6.7 - 43 | 9.9 - 63 | 12.12 - 84

defeated

Labrador Tigers 3.1 - 19 | 7.2 - 44 | 8.6 - 54 | 10.8 - 68

Best: Allen, Mills, Johnson, Winton, Lewis, Reed

Goals: Johnson, Corrie, Dwyer 3, Reed 2, Jaenke-Cain 1

Sci-Fleet Taringa - Reserves Match Review

Andrew Thomson

SECOND HALF TRAIN WRECK COSTLY FOR PIES RESERVES

The Western Magpies had a second half to forget as they squandered a 5 goal half time lead to cough up the 4 points to Labrador in a hugely disappointing result.

The Pies second half resembled the Gold Coast Suns’  last quarter train wreck of Saturday evening as both teams forgot what had got them well in front in the first place.

Pies’ coach Des Lashman’s post match summation is unable to be repeated here but suffice to say he was not a happy camper at the end of the match.

The Pies had played direct football in the first half and were well on top in the middle of the ground and were winning the contested football to lead by 29 points at half time.

Anyone who turned up at half time and witnessed the third quarter would be led to believe the Labrador were well in front on the scoreboard. The Tigers completely turned the game on its head as the Pies retreated into themselves, were second to the football, started second guessing, started fumbling and were guilty of poor ball use as they appeared to become panicked.

The match was still anyone’s game in the final quarter and the Pies did have their chances to win but went down 8.6-54 to 8.8-56 in a 2nd costly 2 point loss that sees them slip back to sixth place on the ladder.

Zach Collison, Chris Hunt and Gabe McKinnon across half back were the source of a lot of drive in the first half and then worked hard to stem the tide in the second half.

Nathan Congram and Monty Vine both worked hard in ruck and Sam DeNys was busy around the packs, especially in the first half.

The Magpies will be bolstered by the return of several experienced players for a must-win match at home against Morningside on Saturday.

Western Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 6.2 - 38 | 6.5 - 41 | 8.6 - 54

defeated by

Labrador Tigers 1.3 - 9 | 1.3 - 9 | 6.3 - 39 | 8.8 - 56

Best: Z.Collison, hunt, Congram, M.Vine, McKinnon, De Nys

Goals: DeRooy, Pope 2, S.McEvoy, Mazerolle, F.Collison 1

Anytime Fitness - Colts Match Review

Andrew Thomson

COLTS ON TOP OF THE LADDER AFTER EMPHATIC WIN

The Western Magpies Colts are on top of the QAFL Colts ladder after a comprehensive victory over Labrador on Saturday morning.

The Pies were slow to start and the Tigers had the first 2 goals on the board before the Magpies kicked into gear. Led by key forward Cameron Ferguson, who booted 3 first quarter goals then followed up with the first 2 goals of the second quarter, the pies took control and were well on top from the 10 minute mark of the opening quarter.

The Pies won well 15.12-102 to 4.5-29.

Queensland Under 17 representative Bruce Reville showed his class with a turn of speed  and capped a fine game with 3 goals from the wing and rover Dan Edwards continued his fine season to boot 2 goals. Another Queensland Under 17 rep player in Samson Ryan gave the Pies first use of the ball from the centre in another fine display of the ruckman’s art  and centreman Jacob Sheath was as usual a busy player. Aiden D’Roza played well across half back and Sam Mehari returned from an injury he suffered in Round 1 to be a livewire across half forward and his return is a further boost to an already potent forward line.

Coaches Jake Fuentes and  Kiran Verma look to have a good spread of talent all over the ground at their disposal and they have depth as well and this puts the Colts in a good place to push hard for a top of the ladder finish and set themselves up for a successful finals series.

Western Magpies 5.3 - 33 | 10.5 - 65 | 13.6 - 84 | 15.12 - 102

defeated

Labrador Tigers 2.1 - 13 | 2.1 - 13 | 4.3 - 27 | 4.5 - 29

Best: S.Ryan, Sheath, D'Roza, Mehari, Ferguson

Goals: Ferguson 5, Reville 3, Edwards 2, Aurisch, Keenan, Johnson, Batilimoyo, S.Ryan 1

 

Coopers Friday Night Footy - Match Review

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen licked their wounds after a tough 2 point loss to Zillmere last outing to travel down the M1 to take on the winless Ormeau Bulldogs on Friday night in freezing temperatures.

With another 5 or 6 changes to the side, and percentage likely playing a role late in the year in the jockeying for finals positions it was important the Woodies went down and showed some intent and kept their foot on the throat, as in recent years the side has failed to put sides away and the lack of percentage has been costly.

It was a bright start as the boys piled on 7.5 - 47 to 0.0 - 0 in the opening quarter, with Matt Hockley bagging 5 in the opening term and perennial defender Chris La Burniy sneaking forward for his first goal since approximately 2013!

However, it was a bridge too far to maintain the intensity as the match slowly dwindled into an exercise in avoiding the odd cheap shot and experimental positioning.

New recruit Adam Pedler was tried in the ruck where he enjoyed aproximately 85% game time and showed plenty of promise, Tom Roderick continued his good form on a wing and Chris Judson, Ben Ness and Sam Curtis were at their best in the midfield continually driving the ball forward and dominating stoppages.

Matt Hockley finished with a solid bag of 9 goals, while Jason Evans and Chris Mihalopoulos were the other multiple goal-kickers while David Jackson and Scott Matthews were solid across half back.

Final score:

Woodsmen 16.12 - 108 defeated Ormeau 2.5 -17

Best: Hockley, Judson, Ness, Davis, Pedler, Jackson

Goals: Hockley 9, Evans, Mihalopoulos 2, La Burniy, Davis, Judson 1

The Woodsmen take on Morningside this Saturday at 4:45pm after the Seniors host the Siders in what will be an exciting day between the 2 clubs featuring 4 hard fought matches.

PLACE PREVIEW - MAGPIES TAKE ON WOUNDED TIGERS

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies should be fresh after another bye as they host a Labrador team that has potentially lost some of its lustre from recent seasons, but remain a dangerous opponent.

However. which Labrador team will the Pies play? --the Tigers had 9 team changes 2 matches ago and then 10 changes to their team last round and with a quality list, will be searching for consistency.

Labrador have 2 wins against the bottom 2 teams in Sandgate and Wilston Grange and have been well beaten in other losses. Two of the Pies wins have been over the same teams plus a resurgent Surfers Paradise and the Pies losses have been close so the home team's form line looks a lot better, but 4 points are harder to come by than that!

Labrador have featured in the last 4 QAFL Grand Finals, for 2 wins and despite their luke warm start to the year, they are a formidable opponent with talent on every line.

The Western Magpies have had to make six forced changes and as expected Ryan Harwood slots back into the team as a straight swap for Tom Ielasi, who is in Europe visiting relatives.  The Pies also lose Jack Goodall (Redland) and Doug Lawrence (Aspley), both  back to the NEAFL and Caleb Franks also to Redland in the NEAFL after joining them this week as a rookie. Gareth Crawford is also on an overseas trip and Brodie Easton is unavailable with a uni exam. 

Also in are Will Fletcher after missing with unavailability last match, Liam Dwyer returns from an injury he sustained at Redland, Billy Johnson is back for his first game for the Pies this year as the Brisbane Lions NEAFL, where he has been playing, have a bye and it will be his first run for 3 weeks after sustaining an ankle injury.  Meanwhile, experienced veteran Sean Mewing earns a recall to Senior ranks through weight of form and Aaron Maricic is also promoted after good Reserves form.

The Magpies forward line looks potent with Jake De Winter, Anthony Corrie and Ryan Harwood  all capable of plenty of goals but the pies will  need their kicking boots on as inaccuracy in this match could prove costly.

Drew Mitchell was back to his best last week and leads the midfield with another bull in Jono Macanawai, who has been superb in the clinches this season. 

Brady Allen has been good at centre half back since his return and David Lewis has been his usual composed self in every match.

If the Magpies are to consider themselves genuine premiership contenders then it is these matches they must win and with the Tigers a bit of an unknown quantity coach Bryan Morgan will need his charges switched on from the first bounce. 

QAFL Round 9 - Western Magpies vs Labrador - 2pm Sat 16 June @McCarthy Homes Oval

B: Will Fletcher - Luca Winton - Billy Johnson

HB: David Lewis (VC) - Stephen Mills - Brenton Saunders

C: Luke Mitchell - Ben Jaenke-Cain - Aaron Maricic

HF: Jake De Winter - Aaron Highlands - Matt Davis

F: Brady Allen - Anthony Corrie - Riley Easton

Foll: Jack Austin - Drew Mitchell (C) - Ryan Harwood

Int: Liam Dwyer - Jono Macanawai - Sean Mewing - Kale Reed

In: Will Fletcher, Ryan Harwood, Liam Dwyer, Sean Mewing, Aaron Maricic, Billy Johnson

Out: Tom Ielasi, Gareth Crawford (both overseas), Doug Lawrence, Jack Goodall, Caleb Franks (all NEAFL), Brodie Easton (exam)  

One 2 One Plumbing - Reserves Preview

Andrew Thomson

PIES RESERVES IN MUST WIN MATCH

The Western Magpies Reserves have a must win match against a team level pegging on the ladder in the race for a finals berth.. The Pies are currently sixth on the ladder with a 3-3 record and Labrador are fifth with a 3-4 record.

The Magpies looked to be starting to play more consistent football last round, and getting use to their teammates and adjusting to frequent changes to the lineup. The Pies were still a bit slow to get started against Grange and in all their losses to date have given their opponents a start and then played catch up football-- and unsuccessfully so...

So coach Des Lashman will implore his team to be on-song from the first bounce.

In comes Val Pope after his annual UK sojourn and Matt Mazarolle and Alec Parsons also come into the side.

Out go skipper Sean Mewing and Aaron Maricic to the Seniors and Luke Brennan has decided work and study commitments preclude him from playing any further this season.

The backline which includes Harry Marshall, Sam Hartog and Chris Hunt looks strong and Nathan Congram in ruck has been a good recruit for the Pies.

In the middle, Lachie Dennis will be keen to gain some form to push for a return to the Senior side and Logan Murray will only get better with increased match fitness.

Big key forward Gerard Moore will line up next to his premiership teammate Pope across half forward and with young high flyer Finn Collison, the strong marking Jeremy DeRooy and nippy small forwards Sam Parker and Sempatike Kwizera all in good form the Pies have the ability to kick a big score.

A win in this match will go a long way to cementing the Pies in the five and with some tough matches coming up every win is vital.

QAFL Round 9: Western Magpies Reserves v Labrador at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday June 16th  at 11.30 am. 
 

B: Sam Hartog  Harry Marshall Gabe McKinnon

HB: Zach Collison  Chris Hunt  Kurt Vine

C: Sean McEvoy (Capt)  Lachie Dennis  Peter Kilroy

HF: Val Pope Gerard Moore Jeremy DeRooy

F:  Sam Parker  Finn Collison Sempatike Kwizera

Foll: Nathan Congra  Logan Murray  Tristan Dowdy

I/C:  Monty Vine, Alec Parsons, Sam DeNys,  Matt Mazerolle

Emerg: Angus Wyllie

Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Colts Preview

Andrew Thomson

COLTS TO SET FOR TOUGH MATCH-UP

The Western magpies Colts can at last get their teeth into their footy as they embark on a run of 4 matches in a row after an interrupted season to date.

The Pies sit third on the ladder but have only played 5 matches to ladder leaders Broadbeach’s 7 matches--the Pies have one loss to the Cats 2 losses—so the ladder can be misleading in the light of a lot of byes in the disjointed competition.

Labrador sit in seventh place with 2 wins but will still provide a tough challenge for the young Magpies.

The Pies will look to Queensland under 17 representatives Zane Lovell, Bruce Reville, Sean Ryan and Samson Ryan to lead the side and the two Ryans and Lovell have been in good form recently.

Reville looked a class player in his first game back to the Colts this year after being on Academy duties.

Down back the Pies have been solid led by CHB Whitlam Bishop, Chris Jenkins and Chris Moloney and Jacob Sheath is back to his Maurie McNamee Medal winning form of last year to lead the midfield.

Samson Ryan and Harry Keenan lead the ruck divisio  and up forward skipper Noah Resuggan, Deng Arok  and Cameron Ferguson are always dangerous.

The Pies can set themselves to finish top of the ladder with a good 4 weeks and they will need to start with a strong performance against a dangerous Tigers outfit.

QAFL Round 9: Western Magpies Colts v Labrador at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday, June 16th 2nd at 9.30am

B:    Aiden D’Roza Chris Moloney  Ethan Sivjis          

HB:  Chris Jenkins (vc)  Whitlam Bishop (vc)  Charlie Thorpe

C:  Ritti Batilimoyo  Jacob Sheath  Jacob Aurich  

HF:  Sean Ryan  Cameron Ferguson Bruce Reville

F:  Sam Mehari?  Samson Ryan  Noah Resuggan (Capt)  

Foll: Harry Keenan Zane Lovell Dan Edwards  

I/C:  Deng Arok,  Jayden Johnson, Mitchell O’Dea, Tom Slatter,

Gut Feelings VI - A weekly collection of thoughts from influential minds deep inside the nest!

Andrew Thomson

"Gut Feelings VI"

Some deep thoughts from deep in the nest!

  • Three out of four ain’t bad for the Senior Magpie contingent with the Woodsmen the only blemish in going down narrowly yet again to Zillmere on Friday night. The Seniors and Reserves had comprehensive victories and the Colts had a hard fought win over - all against Wilston Grange

  • If the QAFL had a champion club award then the Pies would be close to leading at the moment with all four teams in the top five in their respective ladders.

  • Ben Jaenke-Cain's 150th Senior Match was typical of just about every game he has played in the Black and White. Ben worked hard up and down the ground, gets back to help his teammates and racked up plenty of possessions to be named in the best players for the Pies in their strong win over Wilston Grange.  He was chaired off the ground by the Mitchell brothers to warm applause from a strong Pies supporter contingent.

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  • Skipper Drew Mitchell was back to his Bill Peirce Medal winning best to drive the Pies to their 64 point victory. He polled the maximum 10 votes in the Syd Guildford Medal voting for Most Valuable player in the QAFL voted on by opposing coaches on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. He was joined in the voting by teammates Jono Macanawai and Kale Reed (7 votes each), and Brady Allen and Anthony Corrie (2 votes each)

  • Jake De Winter now has 24 goals and trails Jarrod Douglas from PBC by 3 goals in the QAFL Goal-kicking list. De Winter is averaging 4.8 goals per game, the best in the QAFL, and his good form and ability at ground level and as a spring healed flyer adds to the Pies forward line potency.

  • Interestingly, De Winter took a cracking hanger against Grange and mysteriously had a free kick awarded against him.  Despite the officiating umpire being the only person at the ground who felt it wasn't a fair mark, it still managed to find its way into the QAFL Marks of the Week, hope the umpire saw it!

  • The Wilston Grange match had danger written all over it with a couple of key players out and the Pies then kept the door ajar for the Gorillas in the first half with very poor kicking for goal to have 4.13  at halftime. Instead of having a 10 goal lead at halftime and the four points wrapped up, the pies still had plenty of work to do in the second half to earn the victory. A six goal third quarter put the notion of a Grange victory to bed but the Pies missed an opportunity in the last quarter to win by more and build their percentage even further.

  • Mark Bosnich summed it up on Tuesday night on "Bill and Boz" when another farcical proposal was thrown up about bringing in the 9 point goal from outside the 50 metre arc. He asked why do AFL always want to change the rules? He pointed out it is a very successful game and could not understand all the angst about how the game is going. Nathan Burke also quickly poo-pooed the idea--thank God for that!!

  • Gerard Whateley on AFL 360 pointed out an article in The Age newspaper headed "The Game is in Trouble" --when was it written?--1924. 

  • Doc Thompson had a function in Melbourne on Saturday night and took the opportunity to watch his nephew play at Maribyrnong Park in Essendon DFL Premier Division in a top of the ladder clash against reigning Premiers Aberfeldie. Also playing for "Marby" is ex Western Magpie Scott Clarke who decided that after playing in Port Melbourne's VFL Premiership last year that the commitment of VFL football was too much and dropped back to suburban football. Essendon DFL is regarded as the top league in Victoria below VFL and the standard was similar to QAFL. Clarke proved his versatility starting at CHB then pushed forward where he booted 2 goals to keep his side in the match before they were well beaten. He was "Marby's" best player in a strong performance.

  • The Pies next match will be at home to Labrador this Saturday and the Pies' selectors will start developing headaches in coming weeks given the good recent form of incumbents in addition to the impending availability of players returning from injury and unavailability, at least one or two unlucky players given the return of Ryan Harwood this week and likely Will Fletcher too.

  • The Colts won a close match in a hard fought contest where there was little between the teams. The Pies came from behind late in the game to snatch the 4 points and it was good win against a likely finals opponent. The Colts have several challenging matches coming up with little separating the top 6 teams in the competition. The Pies are second on the ladder and are the only team to defeat the top side in Broadbeach.

  • The club hosted the Queensland Primary Schools carnival from Thursday to Sunday.  It was a great success despite some challenges with the weather, with many visitors complimenting the club on the facilities and organisation that went into the weekend.

  • A few familiar faces were involved with 'Barts' one of the event organisers and Brett McEvoy coaching the 3rd placed Met North team and also being the QLD Schools U/12 coach.  Never one to be out of the action, Kiran Verma was also spotted doing board duties and donning the pink vest to do some running.

  • Massive effort from regular club volunteers in Paul Silcox and Robert Hartley who manned the BBQ for 4 days straight, plenty of helpers dropped by including Senior Coach Brydan Morgan and current Senior Player Aaron Highlands.

  • Magpies' strength and conditioning coach Daniel Petch has the Pies in good shape. In all six matches this season the Pies have won the last quarter on the scoreboard as they have run out matches well. In the three matches they have lost they dominated the final quarter against Mt Gravatt and Broadbeach but wayward forward entries and wayward kicking for goal cost them dearly in these losses.

  • Petch is only 22 years old and is currently completing his Masters of Exercise Science. He also has an AFL pedigree, having started at Labrador and also playing at Southport and Coomera. He also did an internship at the Gold Coast Suns to see how an AFL club prepares. He decided to take a year off from playing the game to enable him to concentrate on establishing his business and also undertaking his Masters. Might be a good recruit in 2019

  • The Pies inaccuracy on front of goal was again on display in the last round against Wilston Grange but in the end did not prove too costly as the Pies were still able to win well. They cannot afford this luxury against the top sides. The Pies have a season defining run ahead when they are at home to a dangerous Labrador this Saturday then host Morningside a week later.  They then travel to Broadbeach before hosting the currently undefeated Mt Gravatt at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer in a Sunday blockbuster on July 8

  • Another "find" for the Pies this year is ex-Brisbane Lions big man Justin Clarke, who is an assistant coach at the Pies as well as the game day runner. Clarke knows what it takes to prepare for footy and his experience has been a bonus for the Magpies this year. 

  • Clarke had to retire from playing in 2016 due to ongoing issues with post-concussion symptoms. In 2016 at 22 years of age he was just starting to have a major influence at AFL level and  to be forced to stop playing was devastating for him. He took up rowing and was doing well at his new sport but continued to have headaches when he exerted himself to the maximum so had to stop this as well.

  • A connection with ex-Pies coach, ex-Brisbane Lions NEAFL Coach and current Pies Coaching Director Paul Grentell resulted in him joining the Pies as he was keen to be involved at a club and start honing his coaching skills.  Clarke was recruited to the Lions from Booleroo-Melrose-Wilmington Football Club based on several small communities north of Adelaide between Port Pirie and Port Augusta.

  • He is currently completing an Aerospace Engineering degree at UQ and plans to do a PHD in supersonics. He is also now an ambassador for UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute, where scientists are tackling some of concussion’s unanswered questions, while working to improve diagnosis and management of brain injuries - a topic he is understandably passionate about.

  • "Jase" as he is known (due a fantastic story from fellow former Brisbane Lion, Ryan Harwood) is a hugely popular member of the coaching panel and a very welcome addition to the Magpies.

Hear more about his story in this podcast

MCCARTHY HOMES MATCH REVIEW - WASTEFUL PIES ENJOY STRONG WIN

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies have had a 64 point win over Wilston Grange at Stafford on Saturday.  Both teams were down on key personnel, but it was the Magpies who showed their superior depth in a dominant display.

At half time the Pies had kicked 4.13 with the coaching staff tearing their hair out at missed opportunities, with not many of those rushed or touch shots as a string of simple set shots were burned.  However, on the positive side - the Magpies had picked up where they left off the previous week, absolutely dominating general play and field position, with the inside 50 disparity significant.

Luckily for the Pies, their invitation to the Gorillas to get back into the match through a strong 2nd half was ignored and a dominant 6 goal to 2 goal third quarter put the Magpies well on top with the 4 points in their keeping by three quarter time. 

The Pies then also put the foot on the throat in the early parts of the last quarter to lead by 12 goals late in the game but to Coach Brydan Morgan's disappointment the Pies eased off and allowed the home team three late goals. The Pies won 15.21-111 to 7.5-47 to move to fourth place on the QAFL ladder. 

Drew Mitchell regained his Bill Peirce winning form from last year to be a powerhouse in the centre and he kicked 2 early goals to get the Pies going.  It was important for the captain to show strong composure to bang home important goals off either foot in general play as teammates were missing simple set shots.  Meanwhile Jono Macanawai continued his great early season form to also add to the Pies midfield dominance, where he was dominant in tight despite close attention from his opponent who tried to put him off his game repeatedly, only for the reply to be yet another clearance or hard ball get from Macanawai.

Another midfielder in Ben Jaenke-Cain celebrated his 150th Senior match for the Magpies with another non stop workmanlike performance, something Magpies supporters have come to expect from him. 

Brady Allen was again solid across half back in his 2nd game back for the Senior side with his raking left foot opening up scoring opportunities for the Pies and his ability to slip forward and knock one through the big sticks from outside the paint also a handy attribute!

Anthony Corrie only kicked 2 goals but he worked hard up forward on the lead to create scoring opportunities, and was again solid with his inside 50 ruckwork and Kale Reed hustled at ground level to put pressure on the Grange defenders to create several turnovers and he kicked three goals himself after being a regular hit up target to the surprise of many!

Jake De Winter also kicked three goals as the Pies shared the goal kicking around, and despite a hanger of his featuring in 'marks of the week' - it was inexplicably called back for a push by the umpires!

The Magpies have another bye next weekend and while goalkicking practice may be on the agenda, they will have a light week this week to recharge the batteries before hosting Labrador in another big game at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday 16 June

Western Magpies 2.8-20 | 4.13 - 37 | 10.19 - 79 | 15.21 - 111

defeated

Wilston Grange 1.0 - 6 | 2.1 - 13 | 4.1 - 25 | 7.5 - 47

Best: D.Mitchell, Macanawai, Allen, Corrie, Jaenke-Cain, Reed

Goals: DeWinter 3, Reed 3, Goodall 2, Corrie 2, Allen, Saunders, Franks

Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Reserves Review

Andrew Thomson

RESERVES GET SEASON BACK ON TRACK

The Western Magpies Reserves have got their season back on track with a comprehensive 47 point victory over Wilston Grange on Saturday. 

Like their Senior counterparts, the Reserves were generous in the last quarter to allow Grange late goals to reduce the winning margin, but generally dominated the contest. The Pies won 16.8-104 to 8.9-57.

The Magpies were on the front foot from the first bounce and established an early lead which they held onto for the match and had the game well in their keeping by three quarter time. 

Young rover/small forward Sam Parker was a livewire all match and he has been a good inclusion for the Pies, while Aaron Maricic continues to push his case for a Senior recall with another polished display in midfield and up forward. His clean ball handling skills and accurate disposal are back to what they were several years ago before a spate of injuries affected his fitness. Gerard Moore was again a tower of strength at centre half forward with his marking ability and deft touches bringing teammates into the play and veterans Sean Mewing, Peter Kilroy and Sean McEvoy were almost impassable at half back and they showed there is plenty of life in the old dogs yet.

Jeremy DeRooy was a strong marking forward target and he finished with 4 goals after missing last match.

The Pies will be strengthened in coming weeks with the expected return of Lachlan Woods and Val Pope as they host Labrador and Morningside in successive weeks.

Western Magpies.  4.2-26  |  9.4-58 | 12.4-76 | 16.8-104

defeated

Wilston Grange.      2.3-15 | 3.3-21 | 3.4-22 | 8.9-57

 

WESTERN MAGPIES

Best: S. Parker, S. Mewing, A. Maricic, S. McEvoy, G. Moore, P. Kilroy

Goals: J. DeRooy 4, S. Kwizera 2, G. McKinnon 2, G. Moore 2, F.Collison 2, L. Dennis, A. Maricic, S. Parker, T. Dowdy