COLTS FAVOURED AGAINST WINLESS VULTURES
The second placed Western Magpies Colts are favoured to take the four points against a winless Mt Gravatt side at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Sunday morning.
That said, coach Jake Fuentes will stress to his side that any laxity could prove dangerous as the Vultures will be up for a big game against one of their traditional rivals over many years.
The Pies welcome back their Queensland Under 17 representative Sean Ryan but will miss livewire Lachlan Pearson and bigmen in the two Harrys , Keenan and Radcliffe. Still out on Queensland Under 17 representative duties are ruckman Samson Ryan and speedster Bruce Reville.
The Pies are still remain strong with centreman Jacob Sheath displaying his Maurie McNamee Medal winning form of last year as he has not had a bad game this year and has racked up plenty of possessions in every match.
Cameron Ferguson and Finn Collison provide the forward targets and Sam Mehari and Jayden Johnson are smart players near goals, while Jordan Bonney is also back for his first game of 2018 after a long injury layoff.
Down back Aiden D’Roza has hit good form and with Chris Moloney, Charlie Thorpe and Chris Jenkins consistent players, the Pies defence should be able to keep the Vultures to a low total - especially if Whitlam Bishop continues his great form.
Captain Noah Resuggan was strong in his move to the middle last week and will be looking to continue that form, while Oscar Prior comes into the side after weeks of 'knocking on the door' to get his opportunity in the ruck. Lachlan Pearson has been flying under the radar almost averaging a goal per game this season and Jacob Aurisch is playing some good football and will be one to watch this weekend as he grows as a player.
The Pies can consolidate in second place on the QAFL Colts ladder and while 4 points is the main aim, a strong win will also boost confidence as they head toward the business end of the season .
QAFL Round 12: Western Magpies Colts v Mt Gravatt at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday July 8th, at 9.30am
B: Jacob Aurich Chris Moloney Charlie Thorpe
HB: Chris Jenkins (vc) Whitlam Bishop (vc) Aiden D’Roza
C: Ritti Batilimoyo Jacob Sheath Sean Ryan
HF: Sam Mehari Cameron Ferguson Abdullah Haddad
F: Mitchell O’Dea Finn Collison Jayden Johnson
Foll: Oscar Prior Dan Edwards Noah Resuggan (Capt)
I/C: Ryan Cherry Jordan Bonney Deng Arok Lachlan Pearson