COLTS EARN THE DOUBLE CHANCE :
In the last home and away game for the year, our young magpie colts ground out a win over a game UNI side. The win means the side has finished the regular season with 12 wins and 4 losses, equal with Southport and just missing 3rd spot on percentage.
Early on in Saturdays game it seemed the side had other things on their mind, and as is always the way, Uni , who were playing to secure a spot in the DIV 2 finals, had come to play and through hard work and having a bigger thirst for the contest, earned a 5 point lead at qtr time.
After a wakeup call and a commitment to focus on the task at hand, things swung the Magpies way. I lift in defensive intensity saw the midfield create turnovers which allowed the forward line to convert the dominance into scoreboard pressure. Big Jeremy DeRooy returned to form with a bang, with his contested marking a highlight, and the small forwards in Chae Lawson, Ash Gore, & Phil Stumer made sure any loose ball scooped up and delivered back into the forward line. The result was a 5-point deficit turned into a 4 goal lead by half time. It was a stark display of why mindset and effort are so important to this side.
The second half was much the same, and some passages of play were very smooth, but as we were trying things position wise for our finals campaign, some defensive lapses and overuse of the ball can be understood. Still the commitment to put as much pressure as possible at the contest was pleasing, but we will need to continue to work at applying full field pressure and communication as UNI did get through the press a few times and could have been much closer had they converted some golden chances. Skipper Dom Misso, and the returning Dom Morrison we very impressive along with midfield co-horts Johnson and Reynolds. Jimmy Gainford again showed his enormous courage in attacking the contest knowing a collision was certain, collected one grab, and got a kick away as he was getting smashed. The result meant he played no further part in the game, but the lift it gave the side was significant.
In the end it was a danger game, and one that early on this year they may have dropped, but this side is maturing nicely and the boys would not let this one slide. A solid 40pt win was enough to guarantee top 4 and a shot at ladder leaders and fierce rivals Mt Gravatt this Saturday.
Magpies-13.13 - 91 defeated Uni 7.9 - 51
Goals: DeRooy 5, Stumer 3, Senescall , Lawson, Grant, Reynolds, Morrison 1
Best : Misso, Morrison, R. Johnson, Gore, DeRooy, Stumer