Key forward Matt Garland booted 8 goals after quarter time to lead the Western Magpies Reserves to a big 109 point victory over Sandgate on Saturday. The Pies won 22.8-140 to 5.7-31.
The win is bitter-sweet for the Pies and coach Quentin Johnson as it shows what might have been for his side as their recent form indicates they are up with the best teams in the competition but unfortunately they won't be playing finals.
A 0-8 start to the season when the Pies depth was severely tested has proved a step too far. The Pies have won 6 of their past 9 matches and will be favourites against UQ in the final round, but have run out of time to make up lost ground.
Garland started in the ruck in the first quarter and was moved forward in the second and with the Pies on top in midfield and enjoying good delivery and space to lead, he marked strongly and kicked accurately for goal.
The Pies had many good players with Redlands based youngster Jak Williams having his best game for some time with an energetic display in the midfield, Matt Green won plenty of possessions and capped his game with 3 goals and Brodie Easton had leather poisoning playing in the centre.
Ben Hooper has played well in recent games and he had another good match, highlighted with a 60 metre chase and tackle in the last quarter when the match was well won. Coach Quentin Johnson was also happy with his 2 young ruckmen in Monty Vine and Jesse Rigsby-Jones who have both improved throughout the season.
The only disappointment was that full back Sean McEvoy was moved forward in the last quarter but he was unable to snaffle a goal!!
The Pies host UQ next Saturday and will be ken to finish the season on a high note and to celebrate at the Mr Magpie function after the game.
The Pies are in the strong position to have the likes of Garland, Easton and Williams in the wings as all have played well in Seniors this year.
Young ruckman Liam Dwyer, centreman Bryce Crossley and key big man Jadan Morton also add depth to the Pies squad.
It was also good to see Tadiwa Parirenyatwa watching the match after recent surgery for his ruptured patellar tendon he suffered at training 6 weeks ago.
Western Magpies 4.0 - 24 | 9.4 - 58 | 14.7 - 91 | 22.8 - 140
Sandgate Hawks 2.1 - 13 | 3.2 - 20 | 4.4 - 28 | 4.7 - 31
Best: J.Williams, M.Green, M.Garland, B.Easton, B.Hooper, M.Vine
Goals: M.Garland 8, L.Dwyer, B.Crossley, M.Green 3, J.Williams, B.Walker, B.Thomas, C.Grant, J.Morton 1
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