DO OR DIE FOR THE RESERVES - FINALS PLACE AT STAKE
The Western Magpies Reserves must win vs Surfers Paradise today to secure a finals berth in 2018.
The Pies appear stronger 'on paper' this week than when they lost to the Demons mid year and but more importantly, the Pies are on a roll and their form is solid.
The Pies this week welcome back skipper Sean Mewing, ruckman Nathan Congram and half forward Matt Mazarolle after a week's rest and Aaron Maricic boosts the midfield after being omitted from the senior side.
Out are Brenton Saunders to the Seniors, Logan Murray injured, Chris Hunt (unavailable) and Sempatike Kwizera (Omitted). The ins largely counteract the outs but the loss of Hunt hurts the Pies as he has controlled the key defensive position. Sean McEvoy moves to CHB and has the inform Peter Kilroy on the flank and Harry Marshall again fills another important key post.
Congram adds to the Pies ruck stocks with Gerard Moore giving the Pies first use of the football in recent matches which has enabled Val Pope, Brodie Easton and Gareth Crawford to drive the Pies forward.
Crawford should relish the potentially wet conditions and will be a key player for the Pies, while De Rooy and Austin will provide solid targets regardless and Sam Parker will be electric at ground level.
The Magpies will be primed for a big effort to make sure they win to secure a finals berth.
QAFL Round 19: Western Magpies Reserves v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, August 25th at 11.30 am
B: Tristan Dowdy Harry Marshall Kurt Vine
HB: Zach Collison Sean McEvoy Peter Kilroy
C: Rory Johnson Brodie Easton Sam Hartog
HF: Val Pope (vc) Jack Austin Sean Mewing (Capt)
F: Nathan Congram Jeremy De Rooy Sam Parker
Foll: Gerard Moore Aaron Maricic Gareth Crawford
I/C: Lachlan Dennis, Matt Mazarolle, Sam DeNys, Monty Vine
Emerg: Jordan Bonney
In: Sean Mewing, Nathan Congram, Aaron Maricic, Matt Mazarolle
Out: Brenton Saunders (Firsts), Logan Murray (injured), Chris Hunt, Sempatike Kwizera (both unavailable)