COLTS DOWN IN LAST KICK OF THE DAY
The Western Magpies Colts slumped to their third loss in a row this week in an upset loss to eighth placed Mt Gravatt by a goal. The young Magpies led at half time and three quarter time, but were unable to hold out a fast finishing Mt Gravatt in the final few minutes of the game.
With the scores level late in the final quarter Mt Gravatt kicked the winning goal as the siren sounded. The young Pies still hold onto third place on the ladder despite the 7-6-48 to 8-6-54 loss.
The game was played under lights in front of a good crowd and was a tough encounter, fiercely fought around the contest, skilful when the ball was out in the open and neck and neck from start to finish. The Colts worked hard on transition to move the ball quickly through the middle when opportunities arose and sought to play-on forward of centre when ever possible. However, poor delivery into the forward 50 arc was easily cut off by the Vultures defenders providing them with too many opportunities to rebound and transition from defence. The Pies still need to work harder around the contest to ensure they are not giving the opposition an easy exit from stoppage situations.
When the game was in the balance it was great to see a few players stand up, work hard and try and will the team over the line. Onballers Max Webber, Sam Hartog, Jacob Sheath and Sam deNys worked tirelessly all evening and were well supported by Noah Resuggan on the wing. As always the half back line led by Whitlam Bishop and Zac Stegmeyer held their own, keeping the Vultures forwards at bay and providing run and carry when the ball was in the Pies hands. Jayden Johnson was a shining light up forward, leading up hard at the ball carrier and clunking some great one grab marks.
You could hear a pin drop in the rooms after the game and it was obvious that this loss really hit home hard. Whilst the boys still maintain third sport they realise now that they have let a few opportunities slip and it's time to knuckle down at training, work hard as a group and improve their deficiencies if we they are to maintain a top three position on the ladder.
Sandgate this week will be another tough game but expect a much more committed group to take the paddock in a must win game for the Western Magpies Colts.
1.3-9 5.3-33 6.5-417.6-48
T. Jackson 2, S. Hartog, M. Webber, J. Bonney, F. Collison, C. Jenkins
J. Sheath, N. Resuggan, M. Webber, Z. Stegmeyer, W. Bishop, S. Hartog