The Western Magpies Reserves were defeated by Morningside in their first pre-season match at Yeronga on Saturday, going down 10.12-72 to 6.9-45.
Coach Quentin Johnson had the following to say.
" The Reserves match on Saturday was the first time we had a chance to have a look at a few new players to the club and also give some more younger players an opportunity to be exposed at a higher level.
The theme for the game was to see how all players adapted to the new attacking game style so what I was looking for was skill execution.
It clearly showed for the whole group to play this style is every player needs to work on their kicking efficiency and decision making.
Our endeavour and pressure was fine but we just couldn't finish off the hard work. With a few more games under their belt and work on skills I see good things happening. I was happy with all players' efforts.
The depth of young players at the club is very healthy and we'll continue to build on the development program and give all the younger players committed to the program every opportunity to succeed."
David Lewis dropped back to Reserves to get a full game and he also had some game time in Seniors as he replaced an injured Billy Johnson who was slated for a bench role in Seniors. Johnson impressed before copping an head knock.
Young tall Geoff Gibb from Toowoomba also impressed and Mitch Stallard showed why he is regarded highly with some class touches in his comeback game after missing all but one quarter in 2015.
Todd Billing was also solid on his return after a year off.
The Pies Reserves will play again this Saturday vs UQ at Coorparoo at 1:30pm
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