COLTS CONSOLIDATE SECOND ON LADDER
The Western Magpies Colts consolidated in second place on the QAFL ladder when they comfortably disposed of the third placed Wilston Grange on Saturday evening at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer.
The Pies were on song from the first bounce , kicking 5 first quarter goals to establish a good early lead which was never really challenged by the Gorillas. The only negative was the Pies poor kicking for goal after quarter time as they won 9.17-71 to 6.4-40, kicking 4.12 after 1/4 time.
The Pies impressed with their ball use except in front of goal. They moved the ball quickly by hand and foot and their use of handball in close then to spread the ball was impressive. Of particular note was their ability to lower their eyes and find shorter targets when available, whilst finding the talls on the move or one out with a kick to advantage.
The Pies mosquito fleet of Ritti Batilimoyo, Sean Ryan, Dan Edwards, Bruce Reville and Sam Mehari created plenty of havoc and opened up space for the Pies. Midfielder Zane Lovell continued his recent good form and defenders Aiden D'Roza and Chris Moloney held the Grange forwards in check. Ryan Cherry had plenty of the ball in midfield to also continue his recent good run of form and ruckman Samson Ryan again had a good game. .
The Pies are now in the box seat to finish on top of the ladder if they hold their current form and win their remaining matches.
Western Magpies 5.5-35 | 6.12-48 |8.14-62 | 9.17-71
Wilston Grange 1.3-9 | 5.3-33 | 5.4-34 | 6.4-40
Best: Z. Lovell, A. D'Roza, R. Cherry, S. Ryan, C. Moloney
Goals: S. Ryan 2, R. Batilimoyo 2, D. Edwards, C. Ferguson, F. Collison, S. Ryan, L. Pearson