PIES RESERVES SUFFER ANOTHER BIG LOSS
The Western Magpies Reserves were given a football lesson by Labrador at Labrador on Saturday. The Pies were competitive for about half of the first quarter before being overwhelmed by a strong and bigger Labrador team containing several regular senior players returning from injury. Labrador won 21.11-137 to 3.5-23, inflicting the Magpies biggest defeat for over 10 years.
The Pies were thrown into some disarray before the match with promising youngsters Charlie Pershouse and Lachie Dennis called into the Brisbane Lions NEAFL team for their match in Sydney and Todd Billing called into the Senior team.
The Pies had a crack early in the match but were beaten in the midfield and were back pedaling from then on.
There were some good inclusions for the Magpies but the Pies' intensity dropped off quickly and they were second to the football from quarter time onwards.
Joel Workman continued his good form with plenty of effort and Jamie Page tried hard on a wing and he is being rewarded for regular training with improved form after not making the side earlier in the year. Ricky Dudley continued to try hard to stem the tide across half back, Brodie Easton again picked up plenty of possessions in the midfield and drifted forward to boot 2 goals and Jadan Morton worked hard to plug the gaps.
Regular 2015 Senior player Sonny Aneet played his first match in 2016 for the Pies and quickly gained touch in a pleasing display.
The Magpies are still only 4 points out of the five and have a chance to get their season back on track when they host the winless UQ at Chelmer on Saturday. However, the Pies will have to lift significantly after 2 disappointing matches in a row as the Red Lions will no doubt smell blood and will throw everything at the Magpies.
Labrador 4.5 - 29 | 10.7 - 67 | 14.9 - 93 | 21.11 - 137
Magpies 1.1 - 7 | 2.2 - 14 | 2.2 - 14 | 3.5 - 23
Best: Workman, Page, Dudley, Easton, Morton, Aneet
Goals: Easton 2, Hubbert 1