ANOTHER CHALLENGE FOR PIES RESERVES
The Western Magpies Reserves face another challenging match when they play fourth placed PBC at Palm Beach on Saturday.
The Pies are currently sixth on the ladder with a 2-4 record while PBC have a 4-2 record. So this match is crucial for the Pies if they want to push toward a finals berth.
On the selection front it is good news and bad news with the inclusion of Brady Allen into a forward pocket 9 months after rupturing his ACL in last year’s Senior Preliminary Final and Sean McEvoy returns after missing last game with a virus. Also included is impressive young Colts midfielder Caleb Franks for his Reserves debut.
Outs include veteran Sean Mewing with an ACJ dislocation, Jake Farrell unavailable and Rory Johnson has a uni exam!!!
McEvoy’s inclusion will strengthen the backline which struggled last match against a taller Broadbeach team and Franks and Dom Morrison also add some height to the team.
Dom Beer gets better each week in ruck and young full forward Jeremy DeRooy is also learning the forward craft and provides a tall forward option.
The usual suspects in vice captain Bryce Crossley and skipper Gabe McKinnon will work hard all game but it will be the young developing players in the team which includes Damon Allen, Kurt Vine, Matt Mazarolle, Sam Hartog and Tristan Dowdy who will need to play well for the pies to gain the four points
Zimbabwean Tadiwa Parirenyatwa is due to fly home soon and this is one of his last matches. “Hot Sauce” has been a fantastic addition to the Magpie family and his interviewing skills on the trip to Toowoomba indicate he has a big future in the media! All at the Pies wish him good luck in this match and in the future when he returns to Zimbabwe.
Western Magpies Reserves v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Palm Beach on Saturday, June 17th at 11.30 am
B: Rohan Smith, Sean McEvoy (vc) Jamie Page
HB: Tristan Dowdy, Damon Allen, Kurt Vine
C: Sam Hartog, Bryce Crossley (vc) Matt Mazarolle
HF: Caleb Franks, Gabe McKinnon (C), Tom Roderick
F: Brady Allen, Jeremy DeRooy, Dom Beer
Rucks: Joshua Uebergang, Joshua White
Rover: Dom Morrison
I/C: Matt Cowton, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Will Lloyd, Sam Taylor