BIG INCLUSIONS FOR PIES RESERVES
The Western Magpies Reserves have some big inclusions for their do-or-die match against the third placed Wilston Grange on Saturday.
The Magpies are teetering on the edge and another loss will put a huge dent in their finals aspirations.
However, the inclusion of five players with senior experience will bolster the Magpies. Leading the charge will be the QAFL Grogan medallist in 2015 and the Pies Peirce Medallist in 2016 in Callum Carseldine, who comes back after missing the past month with a knee injury suffered playing at Aspley. Will Fletcher returns from Queensland Academy duties but has missed recent matches with a leg injury, Rory Johnson from uni exams and Luke Mitchell and Dom Misso come into the team to recapture some of their early season form. Matt Dillon, named in the QAFL top 50 players in 2015, returns from work commitments and he joins a half back line that would not be out of place in any QAFL Senior team with Brady Allen and Fletcher flanking him. And big forward Scott Musson comes into the side after returning to Brisbane in his employment and will providea tall target in the absence of the unavailable Jeremy de Rooy. Sean McEvoy misses with back strain and youngsters Sam Hartog and Tristan Dowdy return to bolster the Colts.
Dom Beer will get more time in ruck as Josh Uebergang in also unavailableand as Beer gains match fitness he comes into reckoning for a senior recall.
Young midfielders Joshua White and Will Lloyd have been good in recent matches and young 16 year old Caleb Franks retains his place in the side. Franks, still eligible for Under 16s, is a member of the Queensland Under 16 team and last week his clean ball handling and deft touches in traffic showed he has a big future in the game and for the Pies.
Coach Craig Allen is obviously pleased with his inclusions but says the only concern is that the new players all gel with the regulars on Saturday.
In a vital match for the Pies’ finals aspirations, the big inclusions may tip the balance in the Black and Whites favour.
Note the earlier starting time of 10.30 am.
Western Magpies Reserves v Wilston Grange at Stafford on Saturday, June 24th at 10.30 am
B: Rohan Smith, Damon Allen, Jamie Page
HB: Brady Allen, Matt Dillon, Will Fletcher
C: Matt Mazarolle, Bryce Crossley (vc), Dom Morrison
HF: Kurt Vine, Gabe McKinnon (c), Dom Misso
F: Caleb Franks, Scott Musson, Rory Johnson
Rucks: Dom Beer, Luke Mitchell
Rover: Joshua White
I/C: Will Lloyd, Callum Carseldine, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Tom Roderick
In: Matt Dillon, Will Fletcher, Luke Mitchell, Callum Carseldine, Dom Misso, Rory Johnson, Scott Musson
Out: Sean McEvoy (back), Tristan Dowdy, Sam Hartog (both Colts), Joshua Uebergang, Jeremy DeRooy( both unavailable), Matt Cowton , Sam Taylor ( both omitted)