NEW LOOK PIES RESERVES FIGHT IT OUT
While it may have been the old brigade who featured in the best for the Pies, a swag of youngsters showed plenty of promise and fight in going down to a more polished Mt Gravatt on Saturday.
The Pies went down by 44 points, 7.5-47 to 13.13-91. There wasn’t much between the sides in the in the first half with a fluky cross breeze affecting play. The Pies trailed by 3 goals at half time after a slow start but a 7 goal to 1 third quarter from the Vultures had the Pies looking down the barrel at three quarter time.
Coach Craig Allen asked his side to keep working and was pleased with the endeavour of his team as they outplayed and outscored the home side in the final quarter, keeping the Vultures goalless.
The “veterans” of the side in skipper for the match Gabe McKinnon, full back Sean McEvoy, midfielder Sean Mewing and vice-captain for the day in Bryce Crossley were among the best. The two Macs were solid in defence and Mewing relished his new on-ball role while Crossley also won plenty of ball in midfield in his return match for the Pies.
New ruckman Josh Uebergang, from a basketball background, toiled hard in ruck and will get better with each match as he learns the nuances of the game. New player Rohan Smith was also solid in defence and does not mind playing rugged football and young USQ Toowoomba recruit Josh White showed promise on debut. Dom Morrison, still eligible for Colts, played well across half forward and he also indicated he will be a player of the future with a solid performance.
The Magpies will be keen to open their account at Sandgate on Saturday.