The Western Magpies Reserves broke through for a well deserved win when they overcame UQ by 2 points on Saturday, winning an exciting contest 9-9-63 to 8-13-61 to open their account for 2015.
Constant improvement throughout the season meant the Magpies knew they would be in the game against the 4th placed UQ side and there was never much separating the sides throughout the day, with the lead changing several times in the second half. The Pies hit the front half way through the final quarter, let the lead slip, then fought back with a late goal before hanging on for a nervous final few minutes.
The Pies again showed their strong form and improvement from the rest of the season, but this time were much more consistent across the four quarters, eliminating the costly lapses from previous outings that have often been the deciding factor in some close losses.
Young defender Matt Mazarolle showed good maturity especially in the tight finish to be best on ground for the Magpies. The return of Gabe McKinnon and Hunter Heath was vital to the victory and Joel Workman and Kiran Verma (backing up from the Woodsmen) worked hard all over the ground to be good players.
Jaden Morton in ruck and at CHB was strong with timely marks and possessions and young small forward Jake Fuentes used his pace to advantage to kick 3 goals.
Coach Quentin Johnson was understandable pleased and believes now his team has broken through for their first victory and managed to minimise the lapses in concentration, that several more victories in the second half of the season will be the reward.
Western Magpies 2.3 - 15 | 4.4 - 28 | 6.5 - 41 | 9.9 - 63
UQ Red Lions 3.4 - 22 | 4.7 - 31 | 6.11 - 47 | 8.13 - 61
Best: M.Mazerolle, H.Heath, J.Workmand, G.McKinnon, K.Verma, J.Morton
Goals: J.Fuentes 3, M.Hockley 2, K.Verma, J.Workman, A.Spasovski, J.Morton 1