COLTS LOOK TO SECURE MINOR PREMIERSHIP
The Western Magpies Colts return to the fray after another week off when they take on the sixth placed Demons on Saturday morning. The Pies will be warm favourites to win and secure the Minor Premiership as they easily defeated Surfers in an evening fixture mid-year.
The Magpies are strengthened with the return of Queensland under 17 players Samson Ryan to ruck and half forward Bruce Reville and also welcome back Chris Jenkins from injury and Abdullah Haddad from family commitments.
Ryan will give the midfield brigade of Jacob Sheath, Sean Ryan and Zane Lovell first use of the football and despite the predicted wet weather the Pies big forwards in Finn Collison and Cam Ferguson will still cause the Demons’ defence some concern. However when the ball hits the deck, Sam Mehari, Lachlan Pearson and skippe Noah Resuggan will be ever ready to pounce.
Down back the Pies regain Jenkins who can mop up well with Aiden d’Rosa, Charlie Thorpe and Ethan Sivijs who all provide plenty of run out of the backline. Key defenders Whitlam Bishop and Chris Moloney have been rock solid and should keep the Demons’ key forwards under wraps.
The Pies will want a tough hit out but will be hoping for a win to lock in top spot and a week off in the first week of the finals, but that does pose its own problems for coach Jake Fuentes as the Pies will only have played 2 matches in a month.
QAFL Round 19: Western Magpies Colts v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise on Saturday August 25th at 9.30am
B: Chris Jenkins (vc) Chris Moloney Charlie Thorpe
HB: Aiden D’Rosa Whitlam Bishop (vc) Ethan Sivijs
C: Dan Edwards Jacob Sheath Deng Arok
HF: Jayden Johnson Cameron Ferguson Sam Mehari
F: Noah Resuggan (Capt) Finn Collison Lachlan Pearson
Foll: Samson Ryan Zane Lovell Sean Ryan
I/C: Jacob Aurich, Abdullah Haddad, Bruce Reville, Ryan Cherry
In: Chris Jenkins, Samson Ryan, Abdullah Haddad, Bruce Reville,
Out: Harrison Radcliffe, Harry Keenan, Mitchell O’Dea, Tom Slatter (all omitted)
Emerg: Harrison Radcliffe, Cooper Crowell, Harry Keenan, Mitchell O’Dea, Tom Slatter