The Western Magpies had what is possibly a season defining victory when they defeated fellow finals rival Surfers Paradise by 62 points at Surfers on Saturday. The Pies were also accurate in front of goal to win 21.7-133 to 11.5-71.
The Pies have traditionally struggled at Surfers Paradise but in a rarity at Sir Bruce Small Oval the conditions were perfect with no wind and the Pies won the contested football and hand and foot skills were good to lead at every change.
The Pies were better at the spread around the contested ball than in recent matches and then spun the ball out to willing runners and in their best game of the year hit targets with Alex Dickfos in his best game for the year with 4 goals and Brent Staker contributing 3 goals from CHF.
The midfield was back to its brillant best with skipper Callum Carseldine returning from Queensland state duties to win plenty of football, Ben Jaenke-Cain kept running all match and Drew Mitchell and Gareth Crawford also won plenty of the ball around the ground and both sneaking forward to boot 3 goals each.
The Pies half back line was dominant with Brady Allen having over 30 telling possessions from half back in possibly his best match for the Pies and had the Pies supporters in raptures with a 60 metre goal.
CHB Luke Scott controlled the backline and 17 yo debutante Will Fletcher soaked up physicalattention from his opponent and showed plenty of composure in the clinches at half back to have the last laugh with a good first Senior game--the first of many!
Co-captain Lachlan Woods also had his best game for the year with plenty of hard ball, shepherds and tackles to open up play and his disposal was accurate all match.
The Pies now sit in fifth place with third place and the double chance still a prize in reach.
Nathan Clarke, Senior Coach
"It was a good win, we got a bit of ball movement happening, and a lot more pressure around the ball.
“I don’t think it was one thing in particular, but the last two weeks have been good for us and what we have been working on. I think we were able to make the most of our opportunities.
“Our ball movement was a focus, we spoke about having the courage to have a crack at our kicks and move it quicker.”
The Magpies host close rivals and third placed Mt Gravatt at Chelmer on Saturday in another challenging match. The Pies will be up for a big match as Sherwood/Western Magpies celebrate the club's 60th Anniversary with a reunion and dinner on Saturday.
Western Magpies 5.3 - 33 | 11.5 - 71 | 17.6 - 108 | 21.7 - 133
Surfers Paradise 2.2 - 14 | 4.3 - 27 | 8.3 - 51 | 11.5 - 71
Best: Carseldine, Allen, Scott, Fletcher, Crawford, Jeanke-Cain
Goals: Dickfos 4, Staker, Crawford, D.Mitchell 3, Lewis, Bridge, Copland, Allen, Davis, Saunders, Woods, Morton 1