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PLACE PREVIEW - LIONS TO SUFFER PIES WRATH

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PLACE PREVIEW - LIONS TO SUFFER PIES WRATH

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies have 2 weeks of pent-up frustration from their fade-out last match and it will be Palm Beach-Currumbin who will suffer the wrath of the Pies at Chelmer on Saturday. 

The Pies have had 2 weeks to ruminate on the loss to Broadbeach and from all reports are champing at the bit to have a red hot crack at the Lions and not only restore their pride but also put the Pies season back on track. 

A resurgent PBC have recruited well this season and are 3-1 with their only loss to Morningside after leading late in the match.  

The Magpies usually need no extra motivation when they play the Lions but this Saturday they will be more fired up than usual.

Magpies Co-captain Callum Carseldine rated a win in this match as "critical" to the Pies season. He reassured the Pies faithful that his side will be up for the challenge and if training is to go by then they will come out firing.

The Pies were put through a hard running week last week and then plenty of contested football at training this week and Carseldine says the intensity at training had lifted several notches.

He said if the Pies put together four quarters of football then they can beat any team in the competition and is confident the Magpies will win on Saturday. 

The Magpies' changes this week see ruckman Nick Barling come in after missing last match with back pain with debutante Luke deNys out unavailable. Also in is Richard Wenham after one match in Reserves after missing with concussion and full forward Alex Dickfos goes back to the Reserves to find some form after an indifferent start to the season.

Jaden Morton goes to CHF and Luke Scott to full back but supporters can envisage these roles to be reversed at some point in the game with Scott good when up forward last match.

Redlands listed forwards Jack Goodall and Matt Sondergeld were good last game and will be keen to continue their good form in an effort to put their names in front of the Redlands selectors.

Luke Mitchell has had a great start to the season and will look to again provide intercepts and run from the backline.

The Pies were beaten in midfield last match and this would have been galling for the midfield rotations of Cal Carseldine, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Tim McEvoy, Gareth Crawford and Drew Mitchell and expect them to come out firing on Saturday. Barling into the ruck will help out Dom Beer who shouldered a heavy workload last match.

Val Pope was down a bit last game and he will be looking to get back to form again to improve the Pies forward power and David Lewis at full forward is a good lead and mark and will give the Pies a good option going forward.

This season shapes as an even competition with no easy matches and any lapses can prove costly as proved a fortnight ago.

Coach Glenn Humphrey recovered from the disappointment of that loss to oversee a team desperate to atone and expect the Pies to be ferocious at the contest for the full 120 minutes. 

Western Magpies v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Chelmer  on Saturday May 7th at 2.00 pm

B: Luke Mitchell  Luke Scott   Rhys Bridge   

HB: Matt Davis  Chris HuntLachlan Woods (Co-Capt)

C: Brady Allen  Callum Carseldine (Co-Capt.) Aaron Maricic (R)

HF: Mitchell Stallard, Jaden MortonVal Pope

F: Matt Sondergeld (R) David LewisJack Goodall (R) 

Rucks:  Dom Beer, Ben Jaenke-Cain

Rover: Drew Mitchell

I/C  Nick Barling, Tim McEvoy, Gareth Crawford, Richard Wenham