A youthful Western Magpies Reserves again let inconsistency hide their progress with a poor quarter and a half of football allowing Mt Gravatt to take control and eventually run out 27 point victors, 15.9-99 to 11.6-72.
The Pies trailed by 51 points at three quarter time before playing a good 5 goal to 1 goal final quarter to narrow the gap. The Pies allowed the Vultures to dominate from half way through the second quarter and in the third quarter to boot 9 goals to 2 in this period.
Coach Quentin Johnson again rued the lapses but understands this can happen with a young side with 12 players 19 or younger in the team.
Experienced players in Matt Hockley with 5 goals, Jaden Morton on ball and Gabe McKinnon in defence battled valiantly to stem the tide and were among the better players. McKinnon has had a fine season to date and has been a consistent player in every match.
Young brothers in Brodie and 16 year old Riley Easton and Matt Mazerolle were also good players and all have been fine contributors in most matches they have played this season.
Brodie Easton will be pushing for a senior recall as will Joel Workman who booted 3 goals.
The Pies may welcome several returning players in coming weeks as they look forward to cracking it for their fist win over another youthful team in Sandgate in a fortnight.