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STUDIO 99 - RESERVES IN SEASON DEFINING MATCH

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STUDIO 99 - RESERVES IN SEASON DEFINING MATCH

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Reserves have a season defining match when they play the second placed Palm Beach-Currumbin at Palm Beach on Saturday.

The Pies had a strong victory over the fourth placed Mt Gravatt last week and will be buoyed by this win and will go into Saturday's match with a renewed bout of confidence.

Training intensity has lifted as a result of last week's win and the Pies are set to launch a mid season assault toward a finals berth. The Lions pace ripped a sluggish Pies apart in the first round match but this game will see a more positive and stronger Magpies team run onto the ground.

Although he side will be missing Sam Copland, Nick Barling and Richard Wenham, Aaron Maricic, they welcome back Matt Hockley and in comes regular First grader Rhys Bridge.

Bridge at CHB, Vermer and Mazerolle form the nucleus of a solid and attacking half back line.

Joel Workman and Blake McClennan are both now in good form in the on-ball brigade and will need to be to curtail the run of the PBC midfielders.

Hockley and Todd Billing provide targets up forward and Jake Heard showed glimpses of his early season form before injury cause him to miss a few matches.

Coach Craig Allen will implore his team to throw everything at the Lions—after a lack lustre effort from the Pies in their first clash, simply a more committed  effort from them will make for a much closer match



Western Magpies Reserves v PBC at Palm Beachon Saturday, June 25th at 11.00 am (Note earlier start)

B: S. TaylorG.McKinnon H.Heath

HB:  M. Mazarolle, R.Bridge K. Vermer

C: L.DennisC. Devlin B. Johnson

HF: J.HeardB. WalkerJ. Farrell

F:  J.Burton T. BillingM. Hockley

Rucks:  G. Gibb, J. WorkmanB McClennan

I/C from: S. Hubbard, S. Donovan, M.Davis  

In:, H. Heath M Mazarolle, R Bridge B. Johnson, M. Hockley, J. Burton M. Davis, K. Vermer

Out S. Copland, R. Wenham, N. Barling, M. Thompson (Ainslie), J. Pukallus, (unavail)