RESERVES IN ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING LOSS
The disappointments keep adding up for the Western Magpies Reserves after another loss in a match that got away. Once again the Pies did not come to play and were behind the eight ball for the first half then when they got into gear to level the scores late in the game put the cue in the rack and the Demons kicked away again to win by 21 points. The Pies went down 11.8-74 to 8.5-53 and now sit in eighth place on the ladder.
The Magpies teams look far stronger on paper than in 2017 so either the standard of the Reserves competition has gone up, the Pies are not as good as they think or they are just not turning up to play--likely a bit of all three but the last is the one that frustrates coach Des Lashman the most and who has vowed after the game he will keep searching for committed players to lift the side out of the doldrums.
Lashman was happy with a number of his younger players in young high flying forward Jack Austin, ruckman Monty Vine, nippy on ballers Sam Parker and Max Webber, rover Sam DeNys and half forward Tristan Dowdy. Veteran Sean Mewing also worked hard across half back.
Austin provided a target up forward to boot 3 goals and put a case for a Senior recall, Vine worked tirelessly in ruck, DeNys was again good and has not had a bad game this season and Webber was busy in his first match in the Reserves.
The Pies have three winnable matches in the next 3 rounds and must start to get some wins on the board if finals are to be a realistic target.
2.0-12 | 3.2-20 | 6.2-38 | 8.5-53
4.2-26 | 6.3-39 | 7.7-49 | 11.8-74
Goal Kickers: J. Austin 3, T. Dowdy 2, S. Mewing 2, M. Mazerolle
Best Players: J. Austin, M. Vine, S. Mewing, S. Parker, M. Webber, B. Easton