The Western Magpies Reserves will field their strongest team of the year when they host Broadbeach on Saturday at Chelmer.
The Pies are still a big chance of playing finals football despite struggling early in the season and now sit 12 points ( 3 games) outside the five. However, they have been building momentum in recent weeks and after last week's win over the third placed Wilston Grange and having played the top two teams twice already, the Pies run home will give them a strong opportunity to win every time they take the field.
The Reserves outfit welcomes regular senior players in the experienced Sean Mewing and Matt Thompson to the side and they will no doubt be very keen to impress and force a return to the Seniors. Others keen to push for senior selection are key forward Matt Garland, full-back Sean McEvoy, the Easton brothers Brodie and Riley, midfielder Bryce Crossley and half back Jae Humphrey. All have been added to the Reserves team in recent weeks which makes for a far stronger and more experienced looking side and provides exceptional depth for the Senior side.
Also likely to return after missing games are Jesse Pukallus and Alex Spasovski and another returnee to add depth last week was Matt Green and with youngsters Logan Murray, Matt Mazarolle and Nathan Morrow gaining in confidence each week the Magpies are well placed to continue their momentum with a late run at the finals. Murray played his best match last week and has a big upside and will be a player who the Pies believe will play plenty of Senior football in the future.
Coach Quentin Johnson will no doubt be taking it one match at a time but he will also look at the big picture and will stress each match from now on is a mini-final and there cannot be any slip-ups.
With recent inclusions the Magpies Reserves will be a big chance to notch their third victory of the year.