COLTS DOWN IN LACKLUSTRE DISPLAY
The Western Magpies Colts slumped to their second loss in a row on the weekend when they went down to a fast finishing Wilston Grange outfit away from home. The Magpies were quick out of the blocks kicking the first goal of the day in a matter of seconds; however, they quickly fell behind and were playing catch up for the rest of the day.
The Grange boys simply had more energy around the contest for the young Colts and were able to whip the ball away from congestion far too easily. Small skill errors, poor kicking for goal and issues with decision making cost the Magpies dearly on the weekend, whilst the Grange boys were efficient and clinical on transition making the Magpies pay at every opportunity.
After half time the Magpies coaches threw the magnets around searching for a spark that might help lift the group out of their slump. Ethan Sivijs went back in defence and provided some outstanding rebound off the half back line and regular half forwards Jacob Sheath and Jack Austin moved into the middle and provided some drive in the third and fourth quarters. Captain Max Webber had a run in the forward line in the second half and his work rate and footy smarts set up several goal scoring opportunities.
Recent losses make this Saturday’s match up a must win affair against local rivals Mt Gravatt and the Colts look sure to atone for some poor showings over the past few weeks. However, they will need to bring a much stronger mindset to the game to ensure they aren't being left behind, as natural talent can only take you so far at this level of footy. Making sure they match this skill with energy, intensity and a hardened mind set will be a key focus for the team as they look towards the next round.
Goal Kickers: J. Austin, D. Edwards, J. Bonney, J. Sheath
Best Players: J. Austin, S. de Nys, W. Bishop, J. Sheath, Z. Stegmeyer, M. Webber