PIES RESERVES DISAPPOINTING
The Western Magpies Reserves were disappointing in their big loss to Mt Gravatt on Saturday. With expectations high for a strong performance the Pies were out of the blocks early to boot the first two goals of the match. Unfortunately that is where it stopped as from then on a more committed, skilful and faster Vultures team took control to boot 13 unaswered goals before the pies got 2 late goals in the final quarter.
Coach Des Lashman was disappointed with the manner of the loss with the intensity of the side down after the first 10 minutes. It seemed the Pies collectively thought that after a spirited opening with 2 goals they were going to have an easy afternoon of it. When the home side bounced back hard the Pies had no answer and all of a sudden were chasing for most of the game.
Basic skill errors of dropped marks, missed targets by hand and foot including several missed golas from directly in front all proved costly.
Best players were Luke Brennan on debut who played on a wing and tried all day, young half back Tristan Dowdy, another three debutantes in ruckman Nathan Congram, defender come on-baller Angus Wyllie and young rover Sam Denys, and veterans in centreman Bryce Crossley and half back Peter Kilroy on his first match back at the Pies after a few years in Sydney.
Another tough match on Saturday against Broadbeach, who defeated last year's Reserves Premiers Morningside on Saturday.
Coach Des Lashman will no doubt ensure his players will come to play for the full 100 minutes.
Mt Gravatt 4.3-27 | 8.7-55 | 13.10-88 | 14-12-96
Western Magpies 2.2-14 | 2-4-16 | 2.6-18 | 4.7-31
Goal Kickers: L. Jackson, R. Colclough, B. Crossley, A. Parsons
Best Players: L. Brennan, T. Dowdy, B. Crossley, N. Congram, S. de Nys, P. Kilroy