PIES RESERVES CHANCE TO GET SEASON ON TRACK
The Western Magpies reserves have the chance to get their season back on track when they meet the bottom placed Surfers Paradise at Toowoomba on Saturday. However, nothing is certain this QAFL season and coach Craig Allen will emphasise that to take the Demons lightly could be very costly.
Once again the Reserves are a revolving door with multiple changes. Key ins are Rory Johnson from the senior side , Bryce Crossley back from injury, Joshua White from illness and two young guns from the Colts who have showed promise in Tristan Dowdy and Sam Hartog get a chance to strut their wares.
Key outs are Riley Easton and Matt Mazarolle promoted to the seniors, and defenders Matt Dillon and Tom Hall who have work commitments, Tom Michael who pulled up sore after playing last game after a long layoff and younsgster James Gainford who is still recovering from a head knock last week.
The Pies are 1-3 this year but pushed both Wilston Grange and Labrador all the way and a win in this match will be vital to the Pies seeing some September action later in the year.
Craig Allen will again stress the importance of a good start as the pies were slow starters in their past two outings.
He will look to the returning Crossley, Johnson and White to get the Pies going from the midfield and young ruckman Joshua Uebergang in his first season of AFL gets better each match as he learns the nuances of the game. He will learn from Dom Beer who will get more game time this match.
Youngsters Dowdy and Hartog have impressed in the Colts and join another youngster in Damon Allen to form a youthful half back line that could be the catalyst for Pies attacking thrusts. They will have some experience behind them in Sean McEvoy and Rohan Smith to help tidy up as necessary.
The experienced Sean Mewing and Gabe McKinnon have both found the elixir of youth and both will be key players for the Pies.
Young forward Jeremy DeRooy is still developing his game and he is a strong mark and is getting better each match in the key forward role.
The Pies must secure the four points in this match and a good start and four quarter effort is a must to achieve the much needed victory.
NOTE that the Colts round 6 match against Surfers Paradise is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 11am at Chelmer. That weekend is a general bye weekend for all other clubs.
Western Magpies Reserves v Surfers Paradise at Rockville Oval, Toowoomba on Saturday, May 27th at Midday
B: Rohan Smith, Sean McEvoy, Jamie Page
HB: Tristan Dowdy, Damon Allen, Sam Hartog
C: Dom Morrison, Bryce Crossley, Tom Roderick
HF: Sam Taylor, Gabe McKinnon, Matt Cowton
F: Kurt Vine, Jeremy DeRooy, Dom Beer
Rucks: Joshua Uebergang, Sean Mewing,
Rover: Rory Johnson
I/C: Joshua White, Will Lloyd, Will Burgess Thomas Luke