COLTS RUE MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO REMAIN UNDEFEATED
The Western Magpies Colts suffered their first loss of the season this weekend against a much more determined and fast finishing Labrador outfit.
The Colts jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter but failed to effectively take advantage of a strong breeze and their domination around the midfield. A poor second quarter on transition by the Pies handed the Tigers a much deserved half time lead and really laid down the challenge for the second half. The Colts were much improved around stoppages in the third quarter and used the middle of the ground to launch several forays forward that resulted in scores being all tied up at three quarter time. Unfortunately though, the young Pies were unable to capitalise in the last quarter and went down by a goal.
There were some pleasing performances this week from several players with both Tristan Dowdy and Tristan Jackson playing their best games of the year in defence, winning one-on-ones and becoming dangerous on transition. Young midfielder Caleb Franks hasn't missed a beat and was one of the best on ground in his first game back. Tough and hard at the contest, it's great to see Caleb's ball use improve over the summer and he used this to great effect. Forwards, Jordan Bonney and Jacob Sheath continued to create goal scoring opportunities for themselves and it was great to see Finn Collison and Zac Stegmeyer get amongst the goals this week. Lewis Campbell worked really hard down forward this week getting his hands on the footy and applying great defensive pressure.
Due to the bye and the Toowoomba game (the Colts round 5 match against Surfers Paradise has been re-scheduled to Saturday, June 10th at Chelmer –a general bye weekend for all other clubs), there is now a three week break between games for the Colts. Whilst not ideal, this will allow the boys to really knuckle down on their structures and ball movement, something that has been an issue for the Colts in their first four games. The boys are close to playing their best football, but maintaining concentration and work rate for a full four quarters needs to become a priority if they wish to play to their full potential.
Labrador 2.1-13 | 6.5-41 | 7.5-47 | 10.8-68
Western Magpies 4.2-26 | 5.2-32 | 7.5-47 | 9.8-62
Best: T. Jackson, C. Franks, C. Grant, T. Dowdy, J. Bonney, S. de Nys
Goals: J. Bonney 2, F. Collison 2, A. Haddad, C. Franks, Z. Stegmeyer, J. Sheath, C. Grant