Pies win in tight contest
The Western Magpies Reserves made it 2 out of 3 with a hard fought 21 point victory over Sandgate on Saturday.
The Pies won 11.9-75 to 7.12-54 in a tight contest with little separating the teams until the Pies hit their straps in the last quarter.
The Pies dominated possession in the first half but once again poor decision making and missed targets cost them dearly. Coach Quentin Johnson lamented his team's overuse of the ball and called it "pretty football" which broke down often. The Pies were more direct in the last quarter and started to hit their targets and as a result were able to gain a three goal break early in the quarter and hold on for an important win.
Redlands listed Jack Goodall had a fine game at CHF and finished with a match-winning 5 goals and showed he has the attributes to be a key forward--he has played the majority of his matches for the Pies across half-back.
Mitchell Stallard gets better with each match and with growing confidence is showing why he is highly regarded at the Pies.
Ricky Dudley and Jae Humphrey were good in defence and Brodie Easton won plenty of midfield ball. Young ruck man Geoff Gibb stood up as well and improved as the match progressed.
The Pies had quite a few new players on show and as they get more used to the team structures can only improve in coming matches.
Magpies 3.3 - 21 | 5.4 - 34 | 7.8 - 50 | 11.9 - 75
Hawks 1.3 - 9 | 4.5 - 29 | 6.8 - 44 | 7.12 - 54
Best: Goodall, Stallard, Dudley, Gibb, Easton, Humphrey
Goals: Goodall 5, Stallard 2, Dennis, Workman, Pershouse, Mazerolle 1