COLTS CONSOLIDATE SECOND PLACE ON LADDER WITH GRINDING WIN
The Colts continued to bank some critical premiership points on the weekend picking up a four goal win against a plucky Surfers Paradise Demons on Saturday. Whilst the young Magpies were in control for the majority of the game they didn't get things all their own way coming up against a physical and determined Demons outfit who were much better than their ninth position on the ladder would indicate. The four goal win consolidates the Pies in second place on the ladder a game clear of the third placed team.
Beaten around the contest and struggling to put their set structures into place in the first half, the Colts came out after the long break and improved their attack on the ball to start winning the contested football.
The midfield picked up its work rate and tackling pressure around the contest providing some much needed spark. This allowed the game to open up for the young Pies; however, the boys need to be more consistent in their application of the game plan and movement of the football. Work rate to set up in attack and defence is sure to be a focus this week at training as the team was caught out of position far too often.
Whilst unsatisfying, a win is a win and the Magpies are happy to take the points. Finn Collison continued his goal kicking form again this week bagging another 4 and Jack Austin was exciting across the half forward line presenting well all day and looking dangerous in the air. Harry Keenan and Jye Enever worked hard in the ruck and midfielders, Noah Resuggan, , Max Webber and Caleb Franks worked their way into the game in the second half. Once again the Colts back line lead the way with Sam Hartog and Tristan Dowdy winning critical one-on-ones and then rebounding on transition. Jacob Sheath moved into CHB and didn't miss a beat and was ably supported by Zac Stegmeyer who worked tirelessly at full back.
The Colts now travel to PBC to take on the fifth placed Lions on Saturday, which should be another terrific match up.
Western Magpies 10.6-66 def Surfers Paradise 6.6-42.