The Western Magpies Reserves have been overpowered in the second half by a strong Surfers Paradise team on Saturday. The young Magpies started promisingly and led at quarter timeand were still in it at half time but were no match for the bigger and more experienced Demons outfit.
The Magpies struggled to get their hands on the ball in the midfield contests and were back pedaling after half time.
In a sign of promise for the future young CHF Charlie Pershouse kept presenting and played a good game as did another young half forward in Jake Farrell.
Blake McClennan showed why he has been a senior player in the past with plenty of midfield possessions and he is rapidly gaining form and match fitness after missing the early part of the season with injury.
Jae Humphrey worked hard in mopping up in defence as did Sean McEvoy who started on a wing but was swung into defence to help slow the Demons' attacks.
Young ruckman Geoff Gibb continues to improve and battled hard in the ruck and Chris Devlin also did some good things in the middle of the ground.
With up to ten players injured or unavailable in the club the Magpies depth has been tested in recent weeks. Coach Craig Allen will be looking for a full four quarter effort when the Pies meet Mt Gravatt on Saturday. The Magpies had a good win over the Vultures in Round 1.
Surfers Paradise 2.4 - 16 | 8.6 - 54 | 12.7 - 79 | 17.11 - 113
Western Magpies 3.0 - 18 | 5.2 - 32 | 6.3 - 39 | 7.4 - 46
Best: McClennan, Pershouse, Humphrey, McEvoy, Gibb, Devlin
Goals: Perhouse 2, Billing 2, McEvoy