PIES RESERVES DEFEAT TOP OF THE LADDER VULTURES
The Western Magpies Reserves have had their best win for the year with an 8 point win over ladder leader Mt Gravatt in a high standard contest on Sunday. The Pies fielded arguably their strongest Reserves team for a number of years and in a seesawing contest it was the home team who finished the stronger to run out 12.10-82 to 11.8 -74 victors.
Despite the late withdrawal of Tom Ielasi with illness, the Pies still fielded 16 players with recent Senior experience and were topped up by a group of keen and talented youngsters.
Matt Mazarolle came in for Ielasi after booting 4 goals for the Woodsmen on Friday night and did not let his teammates down with a solid game and a crucial third quarter goal.
The lead changed numerous times but for long periods of the first three quarters Mt Gravatt were in front and threatening to run away but the Magpies worked hard to stay in the contest and were then able to gain control in the final quarter to win a high class contest.
Chris Hunt continues his good form at CHB and with Harry Marshall playing his best game off the year the Pies backline was solid and in the end was a key to the victory. Liam Dwyer did as he always does and played the game with gusto after being unluckily left out of the Seniors for team balance and his run and enthusiasm kept the Pies in it early in the match.
Jack Austin kept on presenting up forward and took several good grabs and he showed he is learning the art of forward play. He had a good mentor in Gerard Moore who had his best game at CHF then also played well when asked to pinch hit in the ruck.
Logan Murray was a hard nut in the middle of the ground along with Lachie Dennis who provided plenty of spark and run and Val Pope also played a key role with the sealer late. Brenton Saunders found some touch and looked to be enjoying himself and bagged 3 goals to go straight back into Senior contention, particularly 2 late clutch goals with the game up for grabs.
The Pies Reserves have another winnable match in a fortnight against the Lions who sit currently third on the ladder and will be seeking to avenge their controversial loss earlier in the year. The Pies are every chance to force their way into the finals and ironically boast wins against the Top 2 sides on the ladder and a 1 point loss to 3rd place, showing them where they could be if they played consistent footy.
Magpies 2.2 - 14 | 4.5 - 29 | 7.8 - 50 | 12. 10 - 82
Vultures 2.2 - 14 | 4.5 - 29 | 9.6 - 60 | 11.8 - 74
Best: Hunt, Dwyer, Marshall, Austin, Murray, Saunders
Goals: Saunders 3, Pope 3, Dennis 2, De Rooy, Austiin, Congram, Mazerolle