PIES RESERVES BOOSTED WITH BIG NAMES RETURNING
The Western Magpies Reserves have made 9 changes to the side that lost in disappointing fashion last week with several big inclusions.
Aaron Maricic returns after missing 2 matches due to illness and he had been in superb form in the first 2 rounds so will be keen to regain touch and improve match fitness. Gerard Moore returns after a week out, 200 gamer Gabe McKinnon is in for his first Reserves match this year after regaining fitness with some quality displays for the Woodsmen after a late start to his pre-season, Sam Hartog comes back from Seniors, and Sean McEvoy and Nathan Congram come back in after missing a week to bolster the midfield. Also in for his first game for the Pies is tall defender Zach Collison. Collison injured a groin in the pre-season and makes his long awaited Magpies debut on Saturday. Another youngster in Jordan Bonney also gets his chance in the Reserves.
Brady Allen gets a much deserved recall to Senior ranks, Bryce Crossley tweaked a knee, Rohan Smith injured a finger, Jeremy DeRooy has a Uni exam and Sempitake Kwizera is ill.
With Moore in the key forward post the pies have a big target and youngsters in Max Webber and Tristan Dowdy might enjoy some crumbs. Chris Hunt moves to CHB and Sean Mewing to the flank and then there is tall utility McKinnon on the bench to cover any eventualities.
Nathan Congram was missed last week and is a big inclusion to give the Pies control of the ruck and will give the consistent Sam Denys, Sam Hartog and Brodie Easton first use of the ball.
Sandgate have struggled this year and the Pies will start warm favourites to win their second match of the season, but playing in difficult twilight conditions and will need to be on their game.
After indifferent early season form, Coach Des Lashman will want a four quarter effort from his side and with positions on the line will expect all his players to play hard consistent football.
QAFL Round 6: Western Magpies Reserves v Sandgate at Sandgate on Saturday May 26th at 4:00pm.
B: Zach Colllison, Harry Marshall Sam Parker
HB: Peter Kilroy Chris Hunt Sean Mewing
C: Sean McEvoy Brodie Easton Tristan Dowdy
HF: Jordan Bonney Monty Vine Finn Collison
F: Aaron Maricic Gerard Moore Max Webber
Followers: Nathan Congram Sam Hartog Sam DeNys
I/C: Angus Wyllie, Gabe McKinnon, Chris Jenkins, Matt Mazarolle
Emerg: Alec Parsons, Tom Roderick
In: Gabe McKinnon, Gerard Moore, Nathan Congram, Sean McEvoy, Sam Hartog, Aaron Maricic, Zach Collison, Chris Jenkins, Jordan Bonney
Out: Brady Allen, Jack Austin (both Firsts), Rohan Smith (finger), Bryce Crossley (knee), Jeremy DeRooy (exam), Sempitake Kwizera (ill), Zane Lovell (concussion), Alec Parsons, Tom Roderick (both Woodsmen)