The Western Magpies went down by 28 points to Morningside at Morningside in their first practice match on Saturday.
Getting out on the track for a competitive hitout for the first time in 6 months the new look Pies showed they will again be competitive this year in the QAFL.
The Pies best was the irrepressible Val Pope who kicked 3 goals and should have had a few more. Pope was the shining light up forward.
Youngster Lachie Dennis found plenty of the ball on a wing and looked right at home in Senior football.
Joe Murphy in his first Senior match for the Pies also had plenty of touches and on baller Gareth Crawford worked his way into the match after half time.
Young ruckman Aaron Highland also showed he will be right at home in senior football and David Lewis also worked hard in defence for the Pies.
The Pies had more of the ball early but could not hit the scoreboard and the Panthers capitalised with goals from limited forward entries
The Magpies trailed by 3 goals at quarter time and the lead see-sawed from 2 to 5 goals during the match and the young Magpies worked hard throughout.
Coach Brydan Morgan was happy with his teams' endeavour but lamented some poor disposal and that Morningside were able to kick some easy goals.
The Pies have a break for Easter then meet Mt Gravatt at Mt Gravatt the following Saturday in Round 1 of the QAFL.
Morningside 5-29-3 11-5 13-5-83
Western Magpies 2-2 5-3 6-4 8-7-55
Goals V Pope 3 B Saunders 1 D Mitchell 1 J Murphy 1 T Ielasi 1 M Mazarolle1
Best V Pope L Dennis A Highland J Murphy G Crawford D Lewis