PIES RESERVES IN MUST WIN MATCH
The Western Magpies Reserves have a must win match against a team level pegging on the ladder in the race for a finals berth.. The Pies are currently sixth on the ladder with a 3-3 record and Labrador are fifth with a 3-4 record.
The Magpies looked to be starting to play more consistent football last round, and getting use to their teammates and adjusting to frequent changes to the lineup. The Pies were still a bit slow to get started against Grange and in all their losses to date have given their opponents a start and then played catch up football-- and unsuccessfully so...
So coach Des Lashman will implore his team to be on-song from the first bounce.
In comes Val Pope after his annual UK sojourn and Matt Mazarolle and Alec Parsons also come into the side.
Out go skipper Sean Mewing and Aaron Maricic to the Seniors and Luke Brennan has decided work and study commitments preclude him from playing any further this season.
The backline which includes Harry Marshall, Sam Hartog and Chris Hunt looks strong and Nathan Congram in ruck has been a good recruit for the Pies.
In the middle, Lachie Dennis will be keen to gain some form to push for a return to the Senior side and Logan Murray will only get better with increased match fitness.
Big key forward Gerard Moore will line up next to his premiership teammate Pope across half forward and with young high flyer Finn Collison, the strong marking Jeremy DeRooy and nippy small forwards Sam Parker and Sempatike Kwizera all in good form the Pies have the ability to kick a big score.
A win in this match will go a long way to cementing the Pies in the five and with some tough matches coming up every win is vital.
QAFL Round 9: Western Magpies Reserves v Labrador at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday June 16th at 11.30 am.
B: Sam Hartog Harry Marshall Gabe McKinnon
HB: Zach Collison Chris Hunt Kurt Vine
C: Sean McEvoy (Capt) Lachie Dennis Peter Kilroy
HF: Val Pope Gerard Moore Jeremy DeRooy
F: Sam Parker Finn Collison Sempatike Kwizera
Foll: Nathan Congra Logan Murray Tristan Dowdy
I/C: Monty Vine, Alec Parsons, Sam DeNys, Matt Mazerolle
Emerg: Angus Wyllie