It was a dark day for the Western Magpies reserves on Saturday, with a host of injuries to experienced players and some youngsters also unavailable, the Reserves were caught struggling for a side late in the week for the first time in 2017.
A number of ‘Friday Night Warriors’ from the Woodies were called in as backup, some backing up from playing the night before – others who had sat out on Friday night due to work commitments.
Matters were made worse in the first quarter, when Fraser Bleisner went down with a freak injury suffering a torn ACL, lacerated cornea, broken eye-socket and cracked cheekbone all from the one incident, and Kiran Verma backing up from the night before had his chin opened up in a nasty headclash.
Morningside kicked away to a 9 goal lead before the Magpies could settle, and while it continued to be one way traffic on the scoreboard – the Magpies battled manfully in the midfield and across half back, but just lacked the polish and teamwork to push the ball forward an apply any scoreboard pressure.
In what turned out to be a one-sided game on the scoreboard, the Magpies should be commended for playing the game out in the right spirit and pushing to the end.
Matt Dillon in particular showed his experience in a young side, regularly mopping up across half back only to see the ball rebound back for him to go again and again alongside the tireless Jamie Page who likely has a bruised fist from his regular aerial spoils. Crossley worked hard in the midfield to do his best to slow the Panthers, while Gibb and Uebergang also formed a strong tandem ruck combination.
Morningside 19.19 – 133
Magpies 1.2 – 8
Best: Dillon, Page, White, Crossley, Gibb, Uebergang
Goals: Burgess 1