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Coopers AFLQ Wrap

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Coopers AFLQ Wrap

Andrew Thomson

Western Magpies vs UQ Red Lions (Credit: Andrew Wiles AFLQ)

Hear that? That’s the sound of the Magpies attack looking for a bit of the limelight, because it’s definitely as impressive as their defence.

When we think of the Magpies, we think of their team ethos this year, ‘defence first’, but what is just as impressive, is their ability to score on the rebound as well.

Stopping UQ has been no easy feat lately, but the Magpies were able to set up in a way that choked them in through the middle, and limited their inside 50’s by taking away their short kick.

It was a tight tussle early, with both teams locked on 13-points at quarter time, but the scoring opening up in the second.

The Magpies kicked five, but UQ’s two goals kept them within touch.

Matt Davis was racking up the touches for the Magpies, and Darren Pfeiffer seemed to be everywhere for the Red Lions.

The third quarter was when the Magpies showed why they are second on the ladder, and why they are a real show at pinching a flag this year.

They hunted in packs, with their targets in red and blue, and then put the hammer down once they got the ball in their hands.

They piled on seven unanswered goals to blow the game to smithereens, and put the result beyond doubt with a 61-point three quarter time lead.

It wasn’t the overall result they wanted, but the Lions were able to send the year off with a last quarter win, kicking four goals to three, to cut the deficit to 57-points by the end of the game.

It’s show time now for the men in black and white. First act is the Gorillas next Saturday.

Like a thief on a Friday night

12-minutes into the third quarter, 16-points down, with things not going their way, the Woodsmen were staring down the barrel of a straight sets finals exit. Instead of rolling over and waving the white flag in 2015, they went on to kick six of the last seven goals of the game to storm home 13-point winners, and book a spot in this Friday night’s QAFA (B) grand final against Kedron at Zillmere. If they can play for four quarter this week like they did in the last quarter last week, they are a real chance of an upset.