RESERVES DOWN IN TIGHT CONTEST
The Western Magpies Reserves were defeated by 12 points by Broadbeach in a tight contest at Chelmer on Saturday. The Pies again had to re-jig the side from the selected side and there have been significant changes every week, impacting on continuity for the team.
The Pies also had to make late changes with half back Ricky Dudley not coming up after tweaking a leg at training and Luke de Nys getting a call up to the Seniors, with skipper Matt Hockley coming in after passing a fitness test and booting 3 goals for the match.
The Pies, like the Seniors, had plenty of the ball in the first half but also did not capitalise on their possession and Broadbeach took advantage.
The Pies still had a chance to win the match late in the last quarter but the Cats made the most of their chances to kick a couple of goals on the rebound after turnovers across the Pies half forward line.
Vice captain Sean McEvoy was strong in the last line of defence and had support from Jamie Page, who continues to get better in his second season of AFL, with Richard Wenham getting plenty of ball in midfield on his return from injury.
Joel Workman also worked hard in midfield and across half forward and with Wenham will be better for the game after interrupted starts to the season.
Brodie Easton continues to get plenty of the football in the centre and works hard backwards and Hunter Heath also played well on a wing. Youngster Lachie Dennis also did some good thingsto be one to watch for the future.
Coach Quentin Johnson was happy with his team's efforts but again lamented the missed opportunities early. He said getting consistency with his team having multiple changes each week has been a challenge.
Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 5.4 - 34 | 8.5 - 53 | 10.8 - 68
Broadbeach 2.5 - 17 | 5.11 - 41 | 8.12 - 60 | 11.14 - 80
Best: S.McEvoy, B.Easton, H.Heath, J.Workman, R.Wenham, J.Page
Goals: M.Hockley 3, L.Dennis, C.Pershouse 2, S.Hubbert, C.Devlin, J.Workman