COLLISON BOOTS 7 AS PIES WIN WELL
Key marking forward Finn Collison booted 7 goals as the Pies Colts had a comfortable victory over fellow finals contender Palm Beach-Currumbin. Reversing the early season result, the Pies saw off the PBC challenge with a dominant second half to have an emphatic 43 poin win over the fourth placed Lions. The win consolidates the Colts in clear second place on the ladder, trailing Broadbeach on percentage.
Collison showed the benefit of a few matches in the Reserves to take some good grabs and kick a season high 7 goals. He had good support on the goalkicking front from ruck rover Lachlan Pearson, who kicked 4 goals.
The Pies midfield dominated after half time and with the defence also on top the Magpies were able to take control and have a 5 goal lead at the final change.
Sean Ryan continued his good form to win plenty of the ball roving and half forward Bruce Reville used his pace to advantage to drive the Pies goalwards on numerous occasions. Ryan Cherry has come into good form with his second good match in a row to underline the Pies depth.
The Colts now face third placed Wilston Grange on Saturday morning in another test of their premiership credentials—a win in this match could set them up for a top place finish on the ladder.
Western Magpies. 2-5-17. 5-6-30 10-9-69 14-12-96
Palm Beach Currumbin. 2-1-13. 4-3 27 6-4-40. 8-5 53
Goal Kickers: F. Collison 7, L. Pearson 4, S. Ryan, Z. Lovell, D. Edwards
Best Players: F. Collison, L. Pearson, S. Ryan, B. Reville, R. Cherry