RESERVES BOLSTERED BY SEVERAL KEY INCLUSIONS
The Western Magpies Reserves will be bolstered by several quality inclusions as the Pies field arguably the best Reserves side they have fielded for many a year when they take on ladder leader Mt Gravatt at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday.
The inclusion of three players back from the Senior side in Gareth Crawford, Liam Dwyer and Brenton Saunders, the return of Tom Ielasi after a 4 week trip to Finland and the World Cup in Russia and big forward Gerard Moore back in after missing with work commitments last week means the Pies have a quality side. Add regular senior players of last year in Val Pope, Logan Murray and Lachie Dennis and the Reserves have a quality feel about them. However, this has been said before during this season but has not translated to many wins so a footy side that is a sum of its parts rather than a team rarely wins.
Mt Gravatt are on top of the ladder due to having some good consistent players but also they play a good team brand of football and if the Pies think they can just run onto the ground and defeat the top team they will be sadly disappointed.
Coach Des Lashman will no doubt labour the point there is no “I” in TEAM and if the Pies can put it together then they will be more than a match for the Vultures.
Outs are Aaron Maricic promoted to the Seniors, Sam Denys has a niggle and is rested, while Sempatike Kwizera and Monty Vine were squeezed out and Matt Thomson returns to Redlands.
The Pies defence headed by Chris Hunt, Harry Marshall, Zach Collison and Tristan Dowdy has been good with Marshall and Dowdy playing their best games for the season last week.
Dwyer into the ruck to support Nathan Congram gives the Pies a midfield boost and with Ielasi and Pope across half forward, Jack Austin and Moore lurking deep and Rory Johnson at ground level the Pies have a forward line capable of kicking a winning score.
In reality, this is the best chance for the Pies to knock off one of the top teams and in doing so re-ignite their finals chances.
This will be also be a cracking game and will be of a standard not out of place in most other Senior competitions below state league level around the country—well worth getting to McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer a bit early to enjoy a great day of high standard local football.
QAFL Round 12: Western Magpies Reserves v Mt Gravatt at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday July 8th at 11.30 am.
B: Kurt Vine Harry Marshall Tristan Dowdy
HB: Zach Collison Chris Hunt Peter Kilroy
C: Brenton Saunders Lachie Dennis Sean McEvoy (vc)
HF: Tom Ielasi Liam Dwyer Val Pope
F: Jack Austin Gerard Moore Rory Johnson
Rucks: Nathan Congram Logan Murray Gareth Crawford
I/C: Sam Hartog, Sean Mewing (Capt) , Jeremy DeRooy, Ethan Sivijs
Emerg: Sempitake Kwizera, Monty Vine, Matt Mazarolle
In: Gareth Crawford, Liam Dwyer, Brenton Saunders, Tom Ielasi, Gerard Moore
Out: Aaron Maricic (Firsts), Sam De Nys (inj), Monty Vine, Sempitake Kwizera, Matt Thomson (Redlands)