UNDERDONE COLTS GO DOWN IN SECOND SEMI FINAL
The Western Magpies Colts suffered their biggest loss of the year this week against a red hot Morningside at Labrador on Saturday morning. Coming off a 21 day break it took the young Colts too long to work into the game and by then the Panthers had a head of steam up and were well in control.
The game was fairly even at quarter time with the Panthers going into the break with a slender lead. Unfortunately, for the Pies though Morningside would come out firing after the break and take full control of the game. From here on in it was one way traffic with the Pies Colts struggling to gain a foothold in the game. For the first time this year the Pies copped a belting around the ball and were unable to apply enough defensive pressure to stop the Panthers moving the ball into the forward line with clinical ease. This superior ball movement and control starved the Pies of opportunity and kept our classy runners out of the game.
Whitlam Bishop, Sam Hartog and Cam Smith worked tirelessly all day in defence under a huge amount of pressure and Hamish Campbell worked hard across half forward to lead strongly up strongly and provide a real presence up forward. Whilst soundly beaten on the day Max Webber, Caleb Franks and Jacob Sheath tried hard, but expect this proud group of midfielders to bounce back hard in the Preliminary Final.
The boys will now set their sights on the Preliminary Final against Palm Beach- Currumbin at Labrador on Saturday morning. PBC defeated Broadbeach in the First Semi Final on Sunday. The Morningside game served as a stark reminder of the work rate and standard required at this level, and now with a game under their belts, the Pies coaching staff and supporters all look forward to seeing a much improved effort from the Colts this weekend.
1.2-8 | 1.2-8 | 4.4-28 | 4.5-29
3.1-19 | 8.10-58 | 13.10-88 | 17.10-112
Goal Kickers: J. Austin 2, J. Bonney, A. Haddad
Best Players: W. Bishop, C. Smith, S. Hartog, W. Gillespie, M. Webber, C. Franks