MAGPIES TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING
The Western Magpies will look to keep the momentum of a good victory last week going as they host the last placed Sandgate at Chelmer in Saturday.
Coach Brydan Morgan and his selectors have again been forced to make several changes to the side with Charlie Pershouse unavailable and Lachie Dennis and Billy Johnson selected for GWS NEAFL team to play at Southport and Cal Carseldine back to Aspley.
In comes Riley Easton after regaining touch in the Reserves last week, Joe Murphy back from injury, Matt Thomson from Redlands and Matt Mazarolle promoted to add height to the defence.
Pershouse is a big loss after a 6 goal display last week and a QAFL Syd Guildford Award nomination to go with his Rising Star Award in round one , also against Mt Gravatt. Johnson played his best match for the Pies last week and Dennis has been in solid form on a wing in recent weeks.
Murphy, Easton and Thomson are similar players to Johnson and Dennis but Pershouse's shoes are big to fill.
Brady Allen warmed to the task last week and will be better for the outing and he can be a valuable swingman if needed, able to play forward or back.
Jack Goodall and Liam Dwyer have been strong performers in past weeks and will be called upon to carry a bigger load in Pershouse's absence.
Will Fletcher and Luke Mitchell both slotted nicely into the back half last week in polished displays and Harry Marshall is Mr Consistent.
Val Pope looked dangerous last week without getting the rewards on the scoreboard and with Jake de Winter form a dangerous forward pairing.
Aaron Highlands just keeps putting in and the grunt of Gareth Crawford and Drew Mitchell in midfield should give the Pies plenty of drive.
The Pies cannot afford to take the Hawks lightly as they have pushed a number of teams in recent weeks. The prospect of consolidating in the five should be enough incentive for the Magpies to work hard to ensure the four points are pocketed.
Western Magpies v Sandgate at Chelmer on Saturday, July 8th at 2.00 pm
B: Tom Ielasi Harry Marshall Luke Mitchell
HB: Matt Davis (vc) Liam Dwyer Will Fletcher
C: Joe Murphy Drew Mitchell (c) Brodie Easton
HF: Brenton Saunders Jack Goodall Val Pope
F: Riley Easton Jake de Winter Brady Allen
Rucks: Aaron Highlands Gareth Crawford
Rover: Ben Jaenke-Cain
I/c: Logan Murray, Matt Mazarolle, Matt Thomson, Aaron Maricic,