The Woodsmen will be looking to bounce back this week when they take on UQ under lights at Coorparoo in a double header at the 'Friday Night Bites' event. Bouncing back is not just about getting the win, its going to be about restoring some of the pride that somehow went missing in the last outing.
Once again, as is often the case with this outfit - 7 forced changes have been made with some big ins as well as some big outs to balance the ledger.
Into the side comes the ever green defender Chris 'Stink' La Burniy, ruckman Andrew Thomson, key forward Jason Evans and former Magpie junior Brenton Hocking for his Woodsmen debut. That takes care of the 'older inclusions' while it will also be exciting to see young Tom Roderick back for his 2nd game for the Woodsmen, important inside midfielder Will Lloyd also returns and Brendan Garvey will make his Woodies debut.
Out go Brodie Easton, Max Webber and Gabe McKinnon to the Magpies Reserves, while Greg Matthews, Tim McEvoy, Travis Young and Simon Purkiss are all unavailable.
UQ sit 8th on the ladder, but are more than capable of taking a few scalps - including knocking off the Woodsmen in their last outing in 2017, so its expected to be a tight tussle and exactly what the team needs is a good solid hitout against quality opponents.
It will be exciting to see 2 fresh debutants in the side, as well as some familiar Magpies faces like Jason Evans coming out of the square and Tommy Roderick working up and down one wing.
the on-ball division will be bolstered by the return of Thomson i the ruck and will bat deep at ground level through the likes of Judson, Lloyd, Hocking, Curtis and Ness rolling through, as well as Davis, Baldwyn and Mihalopoulous if required.
The Woodies will look a little short down back, but make up for it in strength and desire. Bell at fullback is like an immovable object and Young at CHB can play tall without too much trouble, just as La Burniy can as well despite his short stature.
Come down to Coorparoo to enjoy the great atmosphere, good tunes, amazing food and scintillating (!) footy 7:30pm, Giffin Park Fri 25 May
B: Prior - Bell - Fehr-Smith
HB: Verma - J.Young - LaBurniy
C: Parsons - Judson - Roderick
HF: Davis - Hockley - Baldwyn
F: Mihalopoulos - Evans - Merritt
Foll: Thomson - Lloyd - Curtis
Int: Garvey - Hocking - Mudge - Ness
EMG: Ormesher - Enright - Krause