SECOND QUARTER BLUES COST PIES IN BOTH GRADES
The Western Magpies had a case of second quarter blues in both Seniors and Reserves as Broadbeach kicked 8 goals in in the Seniors and 9 goals in Reserves to establish match winning leads in both matches
ONE BAD QUARTER AND POOR GOALKICKING COSTLY FOR PIES
The Western Magpies squandered a golden opportunity to establish themselves in the top echelon of the QAFL when they allowed Broadbeach to run riot in the second quarter and then were wasteful when dominating the game themselves in the third quarter.
The Pies eventually went down by 15 points, 14.11-95 to 11.16-82.
The Magpies were up and about in a frenetic opening term and had most of the play but could not score the goals their pressure and dominance deserved. The Pies kicked to the northern end which was the scoring end all day in the three matches played as it was favoured by a slight breeze. In the first quarter despite the Pies having most of the play in their forward line, the Cats were able to get out the back and transition into an open forward line to keep in touch at quarter time.
The Magpies lost Sam Copland midway through the first quarter as he hurt his lower leg when tackled as he booted his second goal and his presence was missed up forward by the Magpies. He had two early goals and was proving a handful for the Broadbeach defenders.
The trend for the day had been established early as the Pies intensity at the contest and tackle pressure was first classbut not rewarded by the umpires all match, who paid only 1 or 2 freekicks for incorrect disposal the entire afternoon. This cost the Pies at least 2 goals which was significant in the final result.
Broadbeach lifted their effort in the second quarter and the Cats run and carry was impressive as they cut the Pies to ribbons with slick transition football into an open forward line. A goal after a 50 metre penalty followed by a 2 quick goals from a free kick then a Magpies player's indiscretion before the ball was bounced resulted in another goal from 30 metres set the Pies back and the impetus shifted to the Cats.
The Pies responded to Coach Brydan Morgan's half time message that they deserved to be closer and a five goal deficit was gettable if they emulated their first quarter efforts.
The home team responded with strong attacking football but a return of 2.7 for the quarter still left them with a bit of work to do in the last quarter. The Magpies peppered the goals in the third quarter but paid the price of not having a big power forward to capitalise on the forward dominance.
Jake De Winter was busy and looked dangerous when given space up forward and skipper Drew Mitchell and Tom Ielasi won plenty of contested football in this quarter to try to drag the Pies back into the contest.
The Pies again did most of the attacking in the last quarter but just could not find the big sticks often enough to haul the Cats in.
So the Pies paid the penalty for one bad quarterafter they escaped last week when they switched off for a half.
David Lewis continues his fine season with some great defensive marking and rebound football with his anticipation a highlight, Aaron Maricic was busy across half forward and Jack Goodall was strong at centre half back. Gareth Crawford, Ben Jaenke-Cain and Brodie Easton all won plenty of the football in the middle of the ground to help keep the Pies in the contest.
The QAFL have a general bye next weekend before the Pies venture to the Gold Coast to take on their old enemy in the second placed Palm Beach-Currumbin in another crucial contest.
For the Magpies' faithful who need their footy fix, they can venture down to Chelmer to see the Magpies Colts, currently second on the ladder, play bottom placed Surfers Paradise in a deferred round 6 match.
The match is on Saturday, June 10th at 11 am.
4.3-27 6-6-42 8-13-61 11-16-82
3.1-19 11-5-7112-6-78 14-11-95
Goal Kickers: J. De Winter 3, L. Dwyer 2, S. Copland 2, D. Mitchell, C. Pershouse, T. Ielasi, A. Maricic
Best Players: D. Mitchell, D. Lewis, A. Maricic, J. De Winter, J. Goodall, T. Ielasi