COLTS UP FOR CHALLENGE
This week the Western Magpies Colts travel to Surfers Paradise to in what is a real danger game for the young Pies. Surfers may be sitting close to the bottom of the QAFL Colts ladder; however, they are a much better team than their win loss ratio suggests. Tough around the contest and quick on transition the Pies will have to be at their best to leave with the 4 points.
The Colts have lost tall forward Finn Collision and tough onballer Tristan Jackson to injury this weekend providing an opportunity for Sam Hartog and Cam MacDonald to come back into the team. Young mid Caleb Franks plays his first Senior game for the club this weekend, a fantastic reward for an outstanding season so far at both club and QLD level. Hopefully this week will signal the last week of significant changes as the Colts look to have a consistent run leading into the final few weeks of the season.
After a handy 3 goal haul against the Cats the Magpies will be looking to josh Commons to provide another avenue to goal this week, working in tandem with the ever reliable Jordan Bonney. The return of Abdullah Haddad provided plenty of highlights last week and he continues to prove to be a head ache for opposition defenders.
The Magpies have worked hard this week on tidying up around the contest and locking down defensively to try and avoid costly fade outs that have been costing them valuable points and percentage. Keep an eye out for the on ball brigade lead by Jacob Sheath and Dan Edwards to really step up in this area on the weekend. The back six have been working hard on their attacking structures over recent weeks and should find plenty of room on the wide expanses of Sir Bruce Small Park to attack into our forward half.
Knowing full well that the Magpies can finish anywhere from 1st to 6th this season is starting to dawn on the young Colts and they seemed focused and committed to being at their best as they attack the upcoming finals series.