The Western Magpies Reserves face a challenge when they face the Surfers paradise on Saturday.
The Pies have been not lived up to expectations this year but with a coaching change they may get a boost as is often the case with a change. Craig Allen has assumed the Reserves coaching role from Quentin Johnson, who has taken on the role of midfield coach for the Senior team.
Nick Barling and Todd Billing come into the team from the Firsts and will add some big man strength to the Pies. Barling and Matt Hockley up forward will give the Pies something to aim at and with Jake Heard to be better for a game under his belt, the Pies have some goalkicking options.
Young ruckman Geoff Gibb continues to improve and with Joel Workman hard at the contest and Blake McClennan also running into form the Pies midfield should get a fair share of the ball.
Chris Devlin slots back into the centre to replace the promoted Brodie Easton and the backline looks solid with Ricky Dudley, Sean McEvoy and Billing forming the nucleus.
The Pies sit 4 points and percentage outside the five and will need to start winning these sorts of match if they are to make a charge toward the finals.
Western Magpies Reserves v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise at 11.30 am on Saturday, June 11th, 2016
B: G. McKinnonR. Dudley J. Page
HB: L. DeNysS. McEvoyT. Billing
C: C. Pershouse C. Devlin J. Humphrey
HF: B. JohnsonN. Barling J. Heard
F: S. HubbardM. Hockley S. Taylor
Rucks: G. Gibb, H.Heath, B McClennan
I/C from: J. Workman, J.Pukallus, L. Dennis, J. Burton, J. Farrell
Emerg: M. Mazarolle, B. Walker