COLTS THE SHINING LIGHT UNDER LIGHTS
The Western Magpies Colts were the shining light for the Pies when they easily defeated Caloundra under lights at Chelmer on Saturday evening. The Pies won by 99 points, 18.10-118 to 3.1-19.
The first quarter started with Caloundra, with 2 wins from 2 matches, throwing out the challenge to the Pies before the Pies booted a couple of late goals to grab a 2 goal lead at quarter time.
The Pies got in top in the second quarter with a dominant midfield and a rebounding half back line to give their forwards plenty of opportunities to kick goals. The Pies dominated the second half to run out strong winners to be in the top half of the ladder after 4 matches.
While both teams went into the encounter at less than full strength, the depth of the Pies Colts squad was on display as the 20 that took the field Saturday afternoon proved far to good for the visitors. The ball movement, commitment to the team one percentersand the improvement in the players' fitness, allowed them to control the game right the way through.
After a tight first few minutes, the Magpies pressure around the contest and work to create space and time for the ball carrier saw them start to dominate through half back and the midfield. The tall forwards John Mason and Jeremy DeRooy enjoyed some good delivery and smart small forward Chae Lawson was having a field day feeding off any crumbs the talls didn't mark. The result was for the first time this year was more goals than points, a much better reward for the efforts of the team further up the field.
A slight change in how the midfield set up, with players placed there specifically to provide a physical contest and work to make sure our ball carriers , Reynolds, Misso, Stumer, Gainsford, Grant & Morrison had time and space to use their speed and skill. Credit goes Gore, Senescall, Green, Allen , and new player Tom Roderick , (who showed he will be a nice addition to the squad.) for the way they worked in close to create that space.
The backline stood up well, and while the scoreline may not show it, there was a bit to do and Tommy Luke, Pat Renner, Cam Smith, played close and tight, while also attacking when the time was right. Highlands and Fisher's ruck tandem continues to grow in strength. With Fisher showing glimpses of his exciting potential , and Highlands continuing his fine form which would have him high up in the B&F voting at present . Special mention also goes to fullback Kurt Vine and midfielder Billy Johnson for backing up after playing solid game time in the Reserves.
The Colts now head into the break with confidence , but there is still much work to be done.. Continued focus on fitness will see less injuries and provide a more stable squad to select from. There have been at least five each week and and the next month will be tough with all matches against expected finalists. It will shape the season and give the Pies Colts a true indication of where they sit in the pecking order.
Magpies Colts 18.10 - 118 defeated Caloundra 3.1 - 19
Best: J.Gainford, C.Grant, J.Mason, D.Morrison, A.Gore, L.Reynolds
Goals: J.Mason, C.Lawson, D.Allen 3, D.Morrison, L.Reynolds, J.Gainford 2, P.Stumer, K.Vine, C.Grant 1