RESERVES SLOW START COSTLY
The Western Magpies Reserves have gone down down to the Cats in a high standard QAFL Reserves contest at Broadbeach.
The Pies were held scoreless in the first quarter but had a number of forward entries but could not trouble the scorer and trailed by 21 points at quarter time-- the final margin --21 points!! The Pies lost 11.9-75 to 8.6-56.
The Pies were more than a match for the Cats for the final three quarters of the match and despite closing the gap to just 7 points midway through the final quarter, simply could not reel them in as the slow start proved costly.
Coach Des Lashman was very happy with his side who played some good football and despite the slow start fought hard to get back into the match.
He was rapt in young back pocket Tristan Dowdy who held a well credentialed player quiet and another young defender in Zach Collison was solid and continues to improve each match. Chris Hunt at CHB was again a rock but he injured a thumb in the third quarter which hampered him for the rest of the match. Lachie Dennis again had a good game in the centre and he adds depth to the Pies and Logan Murray won plenty of possessions in the clinches. Peter Kilroy worked hard on a wing ranging from half back to half forward to be a good linkman for the team.
Val Pope was a late inclusion after arriving back from overseas early Saturday morning and he worked himself into the game and with more fitness could be an option for the Seniors with some continuity in his football. Redlands games record holder Matt Thomson was included after a 5 week lay off from a hamstring injury and he showed his class at times and was a good contributor for the Pies with 2 goals in just 50% match time.
Des Lashman still thinks his side can make the finals but they slip 2 games out of the five and will need a win against ladder leaders Mt Gravatt this Sunday to re-charge their season.
Western Magpies 0.0 - 0 | 3.3 - 21 | 6.4 - 40 | 8.6 - 54
Broadbeach Cats 3.3 - 21 | 4.3 - 27 | 7.7 - 49 | 11.9 - 75
Best: Dowdy, Collison, Hunt, Kilroy, Dennis, Murray
Goals: De Rooy 2, Austin 2, Thomson 2, Pope, Marshall