RESERVES STILL STRONG DESPITE CHANGES
The Western Magpies will still field a strong Reserves team for their clash with Palm Beach-Currumbin at Palm Beach on Saturday in Round 4 of QAFL action.
The Pies have been forced to make 6 changes to the team that had a strong win over Broadbeach a fortnight ago. Lachlan Woods succumbed to a foot injury--a shame as he was potentially on the verge of a senior recall-- while Rory Johnson and Lucas Jackson both miss with injury, Brodie Easton unavailable and Rohan Smith is ill..
In comes Gerard Moore, a former senior captain for his first match at Senior or Reserves level after 3 seasons with the Woodsmen , young livewire Sam Parker and exciting young forward Jack Austin, who returns from Brisbane Lions Academy duties and after a Round 1 QAFL Rising Star nomination, he will be eager to press for a senior recall. Also in are three youngsters in Braydon Thomas, Angus Wyllie and Sempitake Kwizera. Thomas was superb for the Woodsmen the last 2 weeks and Kwizera also had a run in the Woodsmen last week and showed good touch to underline the value of the Woodsmen side returning under the Magpie banner as the 3rds outfit.
Brady Allen and Aaron Maricic returned to form last match and would have been close to a senior recall but the bye did not help them and they get another opportunity to press their claimsthis week against strong opposition. The half back line of Allen, Chris Hunt and the rejuvenated Peter Kilroy is strong and will be a springboard for the Pies attack. Up forward Val Pope poses a threat to the Lions defence and with strong marking Jeremy DeRooy and Jack Austin in the key forward posts the Pies have some serious goal kicking power. Riley Easton booted 4 goals last week and he will be keen to press his senior claims as well.
Nathan Congram in ruck has been a key driver for the Pies and with the consistent Bryce Crossley and young rover Sam DeNys in the middle the Pies will match their opponents.
The Pies face a tough challenge especially on the Coast but a win at Salk Oval can set up their season.
QAFL Round 4: Western Magpies Reserves v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Salk Oval, Palm Beach on Saturday May 12th at 11.30 am.
B: Sam Parker Kurt Vine Braydon Thomas
HB: Peter Kilroy Brady Allen (C) Chris Hunt
C: Sean McEvoy Bryce Crossley Luke Brennan
HF: Matt Mazarolle Jeremy DeRooy Val Pope
F: Sempitake Kwizera Jack Austin Riley Easton
Rucks: Nathan Congram
Rover: Sam DeNys
I/C: Angus Wyllie, Tristan Dowdy, Gerard Moore, Monty Vine
Emerg: Sean Mewing
In: Gerard Moore, Braydon Thomas, Angus Wylie, Sempatike Kwizera, Sam Parker, Jack Austin
Out: Lachy Woods (foot), Rory Johnson (hamstring), Lucas Jackson (ACL), Rohan Smith (illness), Brodie Easton (Unvailable)