The Western Magpies Colts will be looking to start the day off in style in their Round 1 match up against Mt Gravatt this weekend in the new look QAFL Colts competition.
The team is excited about the opportunity to play the same teams on the same day as their Senior counterparts in what should be a really even and exciting competition this year. The first round match up promises to be a hard fought affair against a Mt Gravatt side that finished on top of the ladder last year and has some outstanding young talent and has provided the Magpies with some cracking contests over the past few years. The make up of both teams is set to be somewhat affected by Academy games and the U16 representative carnival this week, however coach Reid Dobson believes he has picked an exciting team that can get the job done.
The Pies welcome in some new faces this week for their first game for the Western Magpies Colts in Dan Edwards, Jye Enever, Abdullah Haddad, Will Gillespie, Tom Slatter and Jayden Johnson and Dobson is looking forward to see what they can bring to the Colts in 2017.
Most of the group has been on the track since November and there is a good feeling around the team as they look to put into place a fast moving and attacking game style, built on the framework set last year in the U17's. The magpies also welcome back Tristan Dowdy and Ethan Sivijs from Academy duties and Zac Stegemeyer from early retirement!! - which should provide some real poise and experience to the back line. The introduction of Abdullah Haddad and Jayden Johnson from Toowoomba promises to bring some outside run this year which should help the Pies get the ball in quickly to the tall forwards in Jordan Bonney and Whitlam Bishop.
Hopefully, the Magpies Colts can set the tone for the day for the club with a really good hit out this week against the Vultures in what promises to be a great start to the 2017 season.
Western Magpies Colts v Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park on Saturday, April 22nd at 9.30 am
B: Saxon Pobjoy, Hamish Campbell, Tristan Dowdy
HB: Sam Hartog, Zac Stegemeyer, Ethan Sivijs
C: Cal Grant, Josh Commons, Tom Cooper
HF: Dan Edwards, Jordan Bonney, Daniel Grandy
F: Jayden Johnson, Whitlam Bishop, Jacob Sheath
Foll: Finn Collison, Max Webb Noah Resuggan
Int: Abdullah Haddad, Will Gillespie, Jye Enever Tom Slatter