SECOND HALF TRAIN WRECK COSTLY FOR PIES RESERVES
The Western Magpies had a second half to forget as they squandered a 5 goal half time lead to cough up the 4 points to Labrador in a hugely disappointing result.
The Pies second half resembled the Gold Coast Suns’ last quarter train wreck of Saturday evening as both teams forgot what had got them well in front in the first place.
Pies’ coach Des Lashman’s post match summation is unable to be repeated here but suffice to say he was not a happy camper at the end of the match.
The Pies had played direct football in the first half and were well on top in the middle of the ground and were winning the contested football to lead by 29 points at half time.
Anyone who turned up at half time and witnessed the third quarter would be led to believe the Labrador were well in front on the scoreboard. The Tigers completely turned the game on its head as the Pies retreated into themselves, were second to the football, started second guessing, started fumbling and were guilty of poor ball use as they appeared to become panicked.
The match was still anyone’s game in the final quarter and the Pies did have their chances to win but went down 8.6-54 to 8.8-56 in a 2nd costly 2 point loss that sees them slip back to sixth place on the ladder.
Zach Collison, Chris Hunt and Gabe McKinnon across half back were the source of a lot of drive in the first half and then worked hard to stem the tide in the second half.
Nathan Congram and Monty Vine both worked hard in ruck and Sam DeNys was busy around the packs, especially in the first half.
The Magpies will be bolstered by the return of several experienced players for a must-win match at home against Morningside on Saturday.
Western Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 6.2 - 38 | 6.5 - 41 | 8.6 - 54
Labrador Tigers 1.3 - 9 | 1.3 - 9 | 6.3 - 39 | 8.8 - 56
Best: Z.Collison, hunt, Congram, M.Vine, McKinnon, De Nys
Goals: DeRooy, Pope 2, S.McEvoy, Mazerolle, F.Collison 1