PIES RESERVES SEND MESSAGE TO TOP TEAMS
The Western Magpies Reserves have sent an emphatic message to the rest of the competition with a 114 point victory over sixth placed Broadbeach on Saturday
A near full strength Pies were dominant from start to finish and a 9 goal second quarter blew the game wide open before finishing off the Cats as 20.17-137 to 3.5-23 victors.
Just five weeks ago the Reserves had not won a match but three wins in their last 5 matches and have them eyeing off a late run to the finals.
With a recent influx of players with Senior experience re-joining the team from injury and unavailability, the young players in the side who helped carry the team early in the season are improving each match and as a result are playing with confidence with the support of their experienced senior teammates. Coach Quentin Johnson has a smile on his face at last and while acknowledging he now has a good side was quick to praise the improvement of his younger group of players.
Luke de Nys was in everything in midfield and he gets better each week as he gets more match fitness after an injury interrupted start to the season. Brodie and Riley Easton were both busy in midfield with Brodie being a key linkman and Riley's pace and tackling pressure winning him plenty of footy.
Jake Heard in his second game back from long term injury injected pace in the midfield and he booted 4 goals, the highlight a 50 metre goal on the run with his non-preferred right foot.
Another youngster in Matt Mazarolle in midfield was good both in the air and at ground level and young ruckmen Monty Vine and Jess Rigsby-Jones both did well against taller opponents to give Bryce Crossley, Ben Hooper and Logan Murray even chances at the footy and they all won plenty of the ball in the centre.
Up forward Matt Garland presented all day and took plenty of marks to continue his impressive form since returning from injury. Matt Thompson was creative but will be disappointed with a return of 3.5 for the match.
The Pies face another test this weekend when they again meet Wilston Grange, still third on the ladder, a must win match if the Pies Reserves want to stay in the hunt for a late charge to the finals.
Western Magpies 4.4 | 13.6 | 15.11 | 20.17 - 137
Broadbeach Cats 1.3 | 2.3 | 2.4 | 3.5 - 23
Best: L.De Nys, R.Easton, B.Easton, J.Heard, M.Mazerolle, B.Crossley
Goals: J.Heard 4, M.Thompson 3, B.Crossley, M.Garland, B.Thomas, J.Morton 2, A.Spasovski, G.McKinnon, L.Murray, R.Easton, M.Mazerolle 1
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