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PLACE PREVIEW - FIVE CHANGES AS PIES TAKE ON LABRADOR

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PLACE PREVIEW - FIVE CHANGES AS PIES TAKE ON LABRADOR

Andrew Thomson

The Western magpies have had 5 forced changes for their crucial clash against Labrador at Labrador on Saturday in QAFL Round 16 action.

It is getting to the pointy end of the season and with the Pies one game out of the five, every match proves crucial in jostling for both finals spots, as well as the double chance.

Labrador are out of finals reckoning but still have some class players and at home will be a dangerous proposition for the Magpies.

The Pies forward line has taken a hit with Anthony Corrie still having one match of a two match suspension to serve, Sam Copland out with a hamstring and Jake De Winter unavailable due to family commitments.  

In comes young high leaping forward Jack Austin to full forward after a good game last week and youngster Sam Parker is rewarded with good form in the Reserves. He will add some zip and enthusiasm to the Pies up forward. Brenton Saunders also returns and Lachie Dennis gets a recall after strong form in the Reserves. Billy Johnson slots back onto a wing from the Brisbane Lions NEAFL team.

Also out are the injured Jono Macanawai who copped a blow to his knee late last week and Liam Dwyer, who tweaked an ankle (both should only miss one week) and Jack Goodall to Redlands.

The Pies on ball brigade still looks strong with Ryan Harwood, Drew Mitchell, and Tom Ielasi all in good form. 

Down back David Lewis, Luca Winton and Brady Allen were all strong last week and Luke Mitchell and Will Fletcher provided zip out of defence.

The Pies will be up for Matt "Doc" Davis' 100th Senior game for the Magpies and with so much at stake coach Brydan Morgan will stress the need for a full four quarter effort against the Tigers.  

QAFL Round 16: Western Magpies v Labrador at Labrador on Saturday, August 4th at 2.00 pm.  

B: Will Fletcher  Doug Lawrence  Luca Winton

HB:  David Lewis  Aaron Highlands Matt Davis

C:   Billy Johnson Ben Jaenke-Cain  Luke Mitchell

HF: Aaron Maricic  Brady Allen  Brenton Saunders

F:   Kale Reed  Jack Austin Riley Easton

Foll:   Dylan Adkins Drew Mitchell (Capt)  Ryan Harwood

I/C: Tom Ielasi, Lachlan Woods, Lachie Dennis, Sam Parker

In: Lachie Dennis, Sam Parker, Billy Johnson, Jack Austin, Brenton Saunders

Out: Jono Macanawai (knee), Liam Dwyer (ankle), Jack Goodall (Redland), Sam Copland (Hamstring), Jake De Winter (unavailable)