Another round of 4 v 5 sees the Pies up against the Broadbeach Cats at Broadbeach. The competition is so close this year with plenty of teams all vying for a spot in the 5, making every win vs a fellow contender incredibly valuable.
The close home loss to Broadbeach in earlier in the year will be one the Pies will want to reverse this round to keep that finals spot firmly in sight.
The Pies will miss Tom Ielasi this week but in good news, will bring back Val Pope into the side.
Big congratulations to Kurt Vine who will play his first senior game for the club after strong performances in the reserves. Congratulations also to Matt Dillon a 2012 premiership player at the Magpies who has worked his way back into the seniors this week in the back six to replace Jack Goodall who returns to Redland. 'Crackers' will bring plenty of experience to a young side and should be a good addition this week.
After a strong performance last week that didn't quite get the result, the Pies will be looking to reverse their fortunes with a win on the road.
Quick movement of the ball into the forward line will be key to ensure the combination of Pershouse, De winter and Pope can operate and score in the forward 50.
The midfield battle will again be very important and they again will need to be at their best this week to get over the line. Murphy has moved back to the back flank and will prove hard to beat . Saunders on the wing has been outstanding of late and we are hoping to see that form continue again this week. The old dog Crawford has found a fountain of youth in recent weeks, finding the ball in the clinches and giving the Magpies plenty of drive with his superb inside work.
The back six will again need to be strong, and lead by Doc and the consistent Marshallwith great supporting run from Murphy, Dillion Johnson and Easton should be able to limit the Cats scoring options.
The important of this game can't be overstated as the Maggies will be looking to put the foot down and get a win.
Western Magpies vs Broadbeach Cats - Sat, July 22, 2pm @ Broadbeach
B: Billy Johnson Harry Marshall Riley Easton
HB: Joe Murphy Matt Davis (vc) Matt Dillon
C: Brady Allen Ben Jaenke-Cain Brenton Saunders
HF: Lackie Dennis Liam Dwyer Val Pope
F: Luke Mitchell Jake de Winter Charlie Perhouse
Rucks: Dom Beer Gareth Crawford
Rover: Logan Murray
I/c: Brodie Easton - Drew Mitchell (c) - Aaron Highlands - Kurt Vine