PIES RESERVES DOWN DESPITE IMPROVED EFFORT S
The Western Magpies Reserves went down to a quality Morningside team but coach Des Lashman was pleased with his team's effort despite the loss.
Morningside were cleaner with their ball use and had some big bodied and taller players that the young Pies found hard to counter, probably a factor of the Senior side having several outs thus moving the best of the Reserves into the main game this week.
The Pies were also wasteful at times with promising attacking moves coming unstuck with poor disposal or poor decision making.
The Pies went down 14.5-89 to 6.6-36 but the final score did not reflect the closeness of the game. The Pies were in the contest for long periods and at times controlled play but could not apply scoreboard pressure and then the Panthers would make the most of scarce opportunities to goal.
The Magpies were their own worst enemy at times with poor decision making when kicking into the forward line and also tried to finesse too much and eventually would cough up the ball.
The loss magnifies last week's loss to Labrador as the Pies now fall 2 games outside the five and have a mountain of work to go to fight back into finals contention.
Nathan Congram in ruck was again a workhorse and his strong marking and clean ball handling skills were a standout—only for work commitments preventing him doing full training he would surely be in contention for a senior call-up.
Chris Hunt was again solid with good reading of the play and strength at the contest at CHB amd fellow experienced Senior player Lachie Dennis did exactly as the coaches asked when he racked up 30+ disposals in a fine performance in the midfield.
Rory Johnson was busy on ball and across half forward in his first match back from injury and key defender Harry Marshall repelled many Morningside attacks and Peter Kilroy was also a fine player on the wing.
It is getting to crunch time for the Pies Reserves but they are one of two sides to defeat Broadbeach this season and there is no reason why they cannot repeat the dose on Saturday and get their season back on track.
Western Magpies 2.3 - 15 | 4.5 - 29 | 6.6 - 42 | 6.6 - 42
Morningside Panthers 5.1 - 31 | 9.2 - 56 | 12.4 - 76 | 14.5 - 89
Best: Kilroy, Congram, Dennis, Hunt, Johnson, Marshall
Goals: Kwizera 2, Mazerolle 2, De Rooy, Parsons