The Western Magpies had a 4 goal victory over UQ in their final pre-season match at Coorparoo on Saturday. The match was played in oppressively hot conditions and after trailling early the Magpies were able to put together some cohesive football to take control late in the match. The Pies kicked 10 goals to UQ 6 goals, however a final exact score was not recorded.
The Pies were disorganised early due to numerous changes to the line up and were not helped when the match was halted late in the first quarter for 30 minutes due to lightning in the vicinity. After half time the Magpies started to develop some teamwork and better efficiency with disposal as well as gain control at the stoppages to wrest the match away from UQ.
Inclusions to the team from last match were Callum Carseldine, David Lewis , Cory Hopkins, Lachlan Woods, Blake McClennan and youngster Jake Farrell who showed some good touches across the half back line.
McClennan (ankle) and Lewis (head knock) both were injured but with the Easter break should be fit for Round 1 against a resurgent Mt Gravatt on Saturday, April 2nd.
Much like 2015, the Pies pre-season form has been indifferent while Mt Gravatt were defeated in a close tussle by Labrador in the pre-season final so on pre-season form, Round 1 should be a tough contest.
However, pre-season form is a minimal guide to the season proper andthe Pies were definitely experimental in their matches with a number of new players to the club as well as trying several players in new positions. With a full list to choose from coach Glenn Humphrey is confident the Magpies will meet the Mt Gravatt challenge with confidence to get their 2016 season off to a good start.