RESERVES IN MUST WIN MATCH AGAINST THE TIGERS
The sixth placed Western Magpies Reserves have a vital match against the fourth placed Labrador at Labrador on Saturday. The Pies trail the Tigers by one game and percentage and a win in this fixture would get the Pies on level terms and in a position to continue a strong run toward a finals appearance.
The Pies are walking a tightrope and a loss in this match does not end their finals hopes but means there is no more wriggle room and also have to rely on other results going their way.
The Pies have made 7 changes to last weeks team, all of them forced as they lose 4 to the Seniors and three to illness and injury.
To the Seniors go Lachie Dennis and Sam Parker for reward for consistent good form, Jack Austin who had a good game last week to fill a key forward position and Brenton Saunders earns a recall after a two goal performance last week. Gareth Crawford is nursing a sore knee, Zach Collison is ill and Gabe McKinnon has a broken finger.
The big ins are ruckmen Gerard Moore and Nathan Congram who will both also push forward, experienced half back Peter Kilroy and young midfielder Sam DeNys returns after his fill of a big AFL match in Melbourne last week.
Also coming in are three exciting Colts players in Queensland Under 17 representative Sean Ryan, classy midfielder Zane Lovell and strong defender Chris Moloney. Young Colts player Jordan Bonney also keeps his spot in the back pocket.
Ryan is a classy rover with pace to burn, Lovell is clean in the clinches and Moloney reads the play well across half back.
The Vine brothers Monty and Kurt have been in good form and Chris Hunt and Harry Marshall have led a solid defence
Coach Des Lashman has seen the error of his ways and moved Sean McEvoy to the back pocket where he does his best work and he will bolster the last line of defence.
Despite the change in personnel, the Pies still have a strong side and will be keen to continue the charge towards a finals berth against a side they should have defeated earlier in the season.
QAFL Round 16: Western Magpies Reserves v Labrador at Labrador on Saturday August 4th, at 11.30 am.
B: Sean McEvoy (vc) Harry Marshall Jordan Bonney
HB: Kurt Vine Chris Hunt Peter Kilroy
C: Sean Mewing (Capt) Brodie Easton Sam Hartog
HF: Matt Mazarolle Jeremy DeRooy Val Pope
F: Sempitake Kwizera Nathan Congram Zane Lovell
Foll: Gerard Moore Tristan Dowdy Sam DeNys
I/C: Rory Johnson, Sean Ryan, Monty Vine, Chris Moloney
In: Peter Kilroy, Gerard Moore, Sam DeNys, Nathan Congram, Sean Ryan, Chris Moloney, Zane Lovell
Out: Brenton Saunders, Lachie Dennis, Sam Parker, Jack Austin (all Firsts), Gareth Crawford (knee), Zach Collison (ill), Gabe McKinnon (Finger)