The Western Magpies have let another one slip through their hands when they were defeated by a very good Broadbeach side on the weekend. In another high standard contest the Pies were right in the contest well into time on in the last quarter but as was the theme of the day, some controversial decisions gifted the Cats goals and blew the margin out to 18 points in what was a tough loss.
Broadbeach shot out of the blocks early, kicking with the breeze to open up a 20 point lead in the first 10 minutes of play. The Magpies began to assert themselves at the contest and peg the lead back to 14 points at quarter time.
The Pies continued to control the flow of the game in the 2nd quarter, but failed to take their opportunities with 9 scoring shots to 3 and a strong inside 50 ascendancy, only to hold just a 7 point half time lead. It could have been more but for some wayward kicking, and a strange overrule from the field umpire after Corrie kicked a clear goal that had the goal umpire in no doubt.
Kicking with the breeze in the 3rd quarter, the Cats managed to square up the contest and were playing some good football with some transitions from half back leading to scoring opportunities and a 3/4 time lead of 4 points.
After a thrilling Round 1 finish the Magpies were again in it up to their eyeballs in another close encounter, but with the breeze at their backs, and the opening 2 goals to take a 10 point lead they perhaps needed to put the foot down and make sure of it as Broadbeach managed to come home with 4 late goals to steal the win by 18 points.
Jaenke-Cain was again busy through the midfield and Adkins had a superb match in the ruck after being well beaten in Round 1. De Winter returned to the forward line and had 5 goals to midway through the 3rd quarter, yet still retains room for improvement with so much talent to burn. Doug Lawrence was again solid across half-back, while David Lewis continues to show he is one of the elite players in the competition with his drive off half back, reading of the play and pin point disposal.
The Pies are now 0-2 and face a must win match against 2017 Premiers Palm Beach at Palm Beach on Saturday week after a bye on the long weekend. The Magpies had a good practice match win 3 weeks ago against the Lions but that means nothing when 4 premiership points are up for grabs.
2.2-14 | 6.7-43 | 9.10-64 | 11.11-77
4.4-28 | 5.6-36 | 10.8-68 | 14.11-95
Goals: J. De Winter 5, K. Reed 2, R. Harwood, A. Corrie, B. Saunders, T Ielasi
Best: R Harwood, J. Macanawai, D. Adkins, J. De Winter, D. Lewis, T. Ielasi