Young Magpies win thriller
What a game!
This weeks game against Morningside had everything; all the drama of a tight see-sawing contest, horrible weather, a rain delay, intensity, passion and a bumper crowd at a packed out Western Magpies footy club.
The young Magpies got off to a flying start on the weekend in beautiful conditions, jumping out to a handy 4 goal lead in the first quarter. The ball was moved quickly and clinically by hand and foot catching the Panthers off guard early. After the first break a much more attacking and focused Morningside came out to play taking it up the the young Magpies and whittling the gap down to 2 goals by the main break.
Half time signaled a complete change in conditions, as the heavens opened and full house was treated to a torrential downpour, thunder and lightning. 10 minutes into the quarter the umpires called a halt to proceedings in order to let the dangerous conditions pass. Morningside adapted to the conditions much better than the Magpies and opened up a handy 3 goal buffer halfway through the last quarter and what seemed an unassailable lead.
Keen to atone for some recent close losses, however, the young Magpies dug deep and on the back of some hard grunt work from Zac Stegmeyer, Caleb Franks and Cal Grant they were able to lock the ball in deep and get multiple shots on goal. With only a couple of minutes left the Pies were able to claw their way in front and hold onto a slim 2 point lead for the rest of the game.
The backline continued to impress with Whitlam Bishop and Will Gillespie playing tight tough roles on their opponents. They were ably supported by Ethan Sivijs, Tristan Jackson and Tristan Dowdy who intercepted all day and set up quick attacking transition with their excellent foot skills and run. Young wingmen Daniel Edwards and Noah Resuggan were again in the best, setting up well and helping lock the ball into our forwards 50. Classy on-baller Jacob Sheath continues to impress through the middle, a perfect off sider to raging bull Sam deNys. This week the forwards focused on upping their pressure game and Jayden Johnson, Hamish Campbell and Jordan Bonney lead from the front in this regard, chasing hard and being quick to lock down on transition.
A fantastic win that should give the boys a lot of confidence looking towards the Broadbeach Cats this week. The Magpies have a tough run home and know that they will need to be at their best if they are to keep the wins ticking over.
4.2-26 | 5.3-33 | 5.3-33 | 8.5-53
0.1-1 | 3.2-20 | 6.3-39 | 8.3-51
Goal Kickers: C. Franks 3, J. Austin 2, C. Grant, F. Collison, J. Johnson
Best Players: T. Jackson , Z. Stegmeyer, D. Edwards, E. Sivijs, C. Franks, N. Resuggan