A dominant opening 20 minutes by the Western Magpies which had the Pies with a 40 point lead blew old rivals Palm Beach-Currumbin away as the home team then went on to a 12 goal victory over the fifth placed Lions.
It was a comprehensive victory against what could have been a dangerous opponent as the Pies won 19.10 - 124 to 7.10 - 52. The win moves the Pies to second on the ladder a game clear of Morningside and Wilston Grange
Coach Glenn Humphrey thought it was the best first half the Magpies had played this year with a half time lead of 62 points over a fellow finals contender.
The Magpies have been lauded this year for their work in close and for the contested ball but not so much for their running game. The Pies won the contested footy but then opened up play early and were more direct in forward entries so key forwards Alex Dickfos, Sam Copland and Matt Garland were able to exploit the quick entries to all hit the scoreboard with early goals.
The Pies rested on their laurels somewhat in the second half but PBC did lift their work rate to make the second half more of a contest.
Callum Carseldine continued his good form, winning the ball and feeding it to his runners and Richard Wenham was another racking up plenty of disposals.
Doug Lawrence and Luke Scott were pillars in defence yet again and the backline were successful in restricting the opposition to a total below 10 goals once again. The Pies have only had 10 or more goals kicked against them on four occasions this year and have the second lowest points against after ladder leaders Labrador.
Up forward Dickfos and Copland were a handful for the Lions defenders with their leading and marking and a pleasing aspect of the Pies game was the space they created for their leading forwards.
Brady Allen was also constructive from a wing and his form has been pleasingly consistent this year.
The Pies travel to Mt Gravatt next Saturday for another danger game. The Vultures have found good form recently and will not be the pushover the first round 134 point win to the Pies might suggest.
Glenn Humphrey – Senior Coach
"We were very happy with the outcome, particularly the first half - we broke them right open and ran the legs off them
We won the stoppages, got first use of the footy and were able to share it really well. I wasn't overly happy with our second half, but the job was already done by then.
Their (PBC's) attack on the footy and their work rate was a lot better in the third quarter, but we continued on with what we were doing, but weren't as clean as we were in the first half"
Western Magpies 6.5 - 41 | 13.5 - 83 | 17.8 - 110 | 19.10 - 124
Palm Beach Currumbin Lions 2.1 - 13 | 3.3 - 21 | 6.6 - 42 | 7.10 - 52
Best: C.Carseldine, R.Wenham, D.Lawrence, L.Scott, A.Dickfos, S.Copland
Goals: A.Dickfos 4, S.Copland 3, L.Woods, R.Wenham, M.Thompson 2, L.Mitchell, A.Maricic, B.Jeanke-Cain, D.Lawrence, B.Allen, M.Garland 1