The Western Magpies Reserves started their 2016 season with a hard fought but deserved history over Mt Gravatt.
The Pies fielded one of their strongest Reserves team for some time but it was only in the third quarter that the Pies were able to stamp themselves on the game. The Pies ran out relatively comfortable 22 point victors in the end.
Coach Quentin Johnson was pleased to come away with the four points but lamented poor decision making in the first half which cost the side a bigger lead at the long break.
The Pies were challenged in the second quarter but broke away with a dominant third quarter and led by 5 goals at one stage before allowing Mt Gravatt to kick 2 late goals.
Johnson says the tackle pressure and inside 50s were down on the team's goals and says there is still plenty of improvement in the team.
New player Reece Bridge was the Pies best with a strong showing across half back with good reading of the play. Youngster Jake Farrell also showed he will be a player for the Pies in the future with plenty of the ball. Brodie Easton was also prolific ball winner and Jadan Morton provided a target at CHF.
Redlands listed and ex-Magpie Brenton Saunders also showed his class against one of his old sides and will push for senior selection next week.
The experienced Matt Hockley booted 4 goals for the Pies from full forward and was a steadying influence when the Pies were challenged.
Another new recruit in Chris Devlin gwon plenty of possessions in the midfield and fed the ball to the runners, half forward David Lewis also did some good things and youngsters Lachie Dennis and Charlie Pershouse showed that the future at the Pies is in good hands.
Western Magpies 11.7 - 73
Mt.Gravatt 7.9 - 51
Best: R.Bridge, J.Farrell, B.Saunders, B.Easton, J.Morton, C.Devlin
Goals: M.Hockley 4, J.Morton 2, L.Dennis, J.Heard, R.Dudley, D.Lewis, C.Pershouse
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