MAGPIES COLTS WING CLIPPED IN OPENER
The Western Magpies Colts had their wings clipped and were given a strong lesson in preparation and the importance of a solid and committed pre season when they were defeated by Mt Gravatt on Saturday. Against a side that the Pies have had many intense and close battles with over the last 3-4 years, and had the better of for the last few outings, the 2016 Colts came up well short.
After a strong opening, gaining the advantage in the midfield, the young Pies just couldn't convert the good work from up the field into goals. The Pies missed 4 good chances at goal early and as often happens the Vultures swept the ball forward and converted at their first opportunity. That was the tale of the day, as in each quarter the side started well, missedopportunities, then ran out of legs and the fitter Vultures score heavily for the last 10 minutes of the term.
The positives are that the Colts were more than competitive when their legs were fresh, but a hot day, having only 2 players on the bench and a disrupted pre-season and therefore being a little underdone cost this group the chance to set a standard from round one.
Coach Justin Gore and assistants Craig Allen and Warren Vine recognise the issue and have a plan to rectify it. The Colts have already had some solid sessions to kick start the way back to being the respected , hard running and skilful squad this group has been known for.
Skipper Dom Misso, the tireless Liam Reynolds and Rory Johnson, big ruckman Aaron Highlands and the solid Ryan Vagne ( both in their first games for the club) all battled hard throughout the day.
The great thing about football is the team gets the chance to make amends this coming week against Wilston Grange. Coach Justin Gore will expect his charges to put their heads down and work hard, and iscertain his team will bounce back strongly and put in a much better performance this week
Score :Mt Gravatt17.9 - 111 Western Magpies 1.10 - 16
Best : Highlands, Misso, R Johnson, Vagne, Reynolds, Luke.