RESERVES CHANCE TO PUSH INTO THE FIVE
The Western Magpies Reserves have a big opportunity to slip into the five when they play Broadbeach at home on Saturday. The Cats have only one win but have been very competitive in most matches this season so any less than their best could be costly for the Pies.
The Pies have improved in each outing this year, and with a nice mix of experience and youth are starting to play consistent football.
The leadership roles for the season have been finalised with 200 game veteran Gabe McKinnon named as captain and other well credentialled players in Sean Mewing, Bryce Crossley and Sean McEvoy taking on the joint vice-captain roles.
In from last week comes Matt Mazarolle from the Seniors, Jake Farrell and James Gainford and out are Matt Cowton (injured), Will Burgess (work) and Dom Morrison (family funeral).
The team looks solid and with key defenders in Matt Dillon and Tom Hall both to come back into the team in coming rounds after missing again with work commitments, the team is looking better every week.
McKinnon and tall youngsters Kurt Vine and Jeremy DeRooy were on fire up forward last round and will be keen to again get their names on the scoreboard.
The young half back line of Damon Allen, Tristan Dowdy and Sam Hartog was impressive last week and Dowdy and Hartog, still eligible for Colts, showing plenty of promise on debut last week.
Josh Uebergang in ruck gets better each week and Dom Beer adds ruck power to the Pies and he will be a key player on Saturday.
Jake Farrell adds strength up forward and with smart headsin Sean Mewing and Bryce Crossley and young rovers Rory Johnson and Joshua White in midfield the Pies have a strong midfield contingent.
The Pies cannot afford to let this one slip and will be keen to push further up the ladder.
Western Magpies Reserves v Broadbeach at Chelmer Saturday, June 3rd at 11.30 am
B: Rohan Smith, Sean McEvoy, Jamie Page
HB: Tristan Jackson, Damon Allen, Sam Hartog
C: James Gainford, Bryce Crossley, Matt Mazarolle
HF: Jake Farrell, Gabe McKinnon (C), Tom Roderick
F: Kurt Vine, Jeremy DeRooy, Dom Beer
Rucks: Joshua Uebergang, Sean Mewing
Rover: Rory Johnson
I/C: Thomas Luke, Joshua White, Will Lloyd, Sam Taylor