The Western Magpies have had a 64 point win over Wilston Grange at Stafford on Saturday. Both teams were down on key personnel, but it was the Magpies who showed their superior depth in a dominant display.
At half time the Pies had kicked 4.13 with the coaching staff tearing their hair out at missed opportunities, with not many of those rushed or touch shots as a string of simple set shots were burned. However, on the positive side - the Magpies had picked up where they left off the previous week, absolutely dominating general play and field position, with the inside 50 disparity significant.
Luckily for the Pies, their invitation to the Gorillas to get back into the match through a strong 2nd half was ignored and a dominant 6 goal to 2 goal third quarter put the Magpies well on top with the 4 points in their keeping by three quarter time.
The Pies then also put the foot on the throat in the early parts of the last quarter to lead by 12 goals late in the game but to Coach Brydan Morgan's disappointment the Pies eased off and allowed the home team three late goals. The Pies won 15.21-111 to 7.5-47 to move to fourth place on the QAFL ladder.
Drew Mitchell regained his Bill Peirce winning form from last year to be a powerhouse in the centre and he kicked 2 early goals to get the Pies going. It was important for the captain to show strong composure to bang home important goals off either foot in general play as teammates were missing simple set shots. Meanwhile Jono Macanawai continued his great early season form to also add to the Pies midfield dominance, where he was dominant in tight despite close attention from his opponent who tried to put him off his game repeatedly, only for the reply to be yet another clearance or hard ball get from Macanawai.
Another midfielder in Ben Jaenke-Cain celebrated his 150th Senior match for the Magpies with another non stop workmanlike performance, something Magpies supporters have come to expect from him.
Brady Allen was again solid across half back in his 2nd game back for the Senior side with his raking left foot opening up scoring opportunities for the Pies and his ability to slip forward and knock one through the big sticks from outside the paint also a handy attribute!
Anthony Corrie only kicked 2 goals but he worked hard up forward on the lead to create scoring opportunities, and was again solid with his inside 50 ruckwork and Kale Reed hustled at ground level to put pressure on the Grange defenders to create several turnovers and he kicked three goals himself after being a regular hit up target to the surprise of many!
Jake De Winter also kicked three goals as the Pies shared the goal kicking around, and despite a hanger of his featuring in 'marks of the week' - it was inexplicably called back for a push by the umpires!
The Magpies have another bye next weekend and while goalkicking practice may be on the agenda, they will have a light week this week to recharge the batteries before hosting Labrador in another big game at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday 16 June
Western Magpies 2.8-20 | 4.13 - 37 | 10.19 - 79 | 15.21 - 111
Wilston Grange 1.0 - 6 | 2.1 - 13 | 4.1 - 25 | 7.5 - 47
Best: D.Mitchell, Macanawai, Allen, Corrie, Jaenke-Cain, Reed
Goals: DeWinter 3, Reed 3, Goodall 2, Corrie 2, Allen, Saunders, Franks