RESERVES CHANCE TO BOUNCE BACK
The Western Magpies Reserves finals hopes are on the line when they play Wilston Grange on Saturday.
The Pies are 4 points and percentage outside the five and a win against the Gorillas, one game behind the Pies, will open up their finals prospects. The Pies however, are far from full strength with a number of injuries hurting them.
Currently unavailable for selection are key players Nick Barling, Luke DeNys and Sean McEvoy. They do regain young CHF Charlie Pershouse who played well in his first senior game last week but makes way for the returning Dom Beer.
Pershouse will be a target up forward and with the experienced Matt Hockley and the consistent Todd Billing as forward targets the Pies have the firepower to kick a winning score.
Around the packs Joel Workman and Blake McClennan have been in fine form in recent matches and rover Jesse Pukallus returns after he had his best game 2 weeks ago before missing last week with injury.
Geoff Gibb has shown a bit in ruck recently and Chris Devlin has been a workhorse in the middle all season and continues to drive the Pies forward.
Rhys Bridge will be keen to put another good game together at CHB to attract the attention of the selectors and youngsters Lachie Dennis and Billy Johnson are continuing in their development as senior players and will provide run and drive from the wings.
Coach Craig Allen will have his team primed for a big match to keep their finals hopes alive.
Western Magpies Reserves v Wilston Grange at Bendigo Bank Oval on Saturday July 2nd @ 11.30 am
B: H HeathG McKinnonJ Page
HB: S Donovan R Bridge M Mazarolle
C: L Dennis C Devlin B Johnson
HF: J Heard C. PershouseJ Farrell
F: M Hockley T. BillingJ Burton
Rucks: G. Gibb, J. WorkmanB McClennan
I/C : J.Pukallus, B. Walker