RESERVES STILL IN FINALS RACE AFTER ANOTHER STRONG WIN
As expected the Pies Reserves proved too strong for the eighth placed Wilston Grange with a 45 point victory, winning 16.12- 108 to 10.3-63.
The Pies started strongly despite the late withdrawals of Peter Kilroy-- with soreness and Logan Murray with illness. Their places were filled by club stalwart Gabe McKinnon, who had played for the Woodsmen on Friday night, and young Colts utility Jordan Bonney.
With young livewire forward Sam Parker creating spark across half forward and Jack Austin looking dangerous in the air the Pies were able to boot goals regularly to establish a good early lead which they consolidated throughout the match.
Monty Vine was asked to ruck all game and he did a great job to be the Pies best player and midfielder Lachie Dennis continued his good recent form to be a ball magnet, while Rory Johnson also found plenty of the ball as he continues his improvement each game since returning from injury.
Kurt Vine was solid across half back with good reading of the play and Tristan Dowdy mopped up well in the last line of defence.
The Pies must keep winning to keep their finals hopes alive and they should have defeated their next opponent Labrador earlier in the season. The Tigers will be a challenge but the Pies now have the side to continue their winning streak.
Western Magpies 4.4-28 | 7.5-47 | 11.8-74 | 16.12-108
Wilston Grange 0.0 | 4.0-24 | 6.3-39 | 10.3-63
Best: M. Vine, S. Parker, L. Dennis, T. Dowdy, R. Johnson, K. Vine
Goals: S. Parker 4, J. Austin 3, J. DeRooy 2, B. Saunders 2, L. Dennis, S. Kwizera, R. Johnson, M. Mazerolle, G. Crawford