RESERVES DOWN LAST YEAR'S PREMIERS
The Western Magpies Reserves, with a mixture of experience and youth, won an important match against last year's Reserves Premiers Broadbeach in a high class contest at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday.
The Pies established an early 2 goal break and were able to hold onto the lead throughout but in another heart stopping period almost coughed up a 3 goal three quarter time lead before finishing strongly to boot the final 4 goals of the match to seal a vital 27 point win, 13.5-83 to 8.8-56.
The inclusion of the experienced Gerard Moore to the ruck and Peter Kilroy to the half back line and the footy smarts of Chris Hunt and Joel Workman guided the Pies youngsters to a hard fought but well deserved victory. Jesse Hampel started to demonstrate why he is rated highly with a classy display after a number of years away from the game then an early season injury slowed his progress and he finished with 5 goals as he adjusted his radar from previous weeks.
The Pies included several Colts players who were deserving of their opportunity and speedster Jonty MacDougall lit up the Magpie faithful with some scintillating football, while Lawson Campbell didn’t look out of place in his Reserves debut and Cade Scott was again a strong performer, despite being a bottom aged Colt.
Gerard Moore in his first game for the year after one training session since returning from his wedding/honeymoon didn’t skip a beat and his ability to give his team first use and provide a great outlet option in the air did not go unnoticed by the Pies faithful. With some match fitness under his belt, Moore could be a huge presence in the back end of the year for the club.
Zac Collison played another fine game in defence and he has been the Pies most consistent performer at Reserves level to date and must be knocking on the door for Senior selection. Hamish Campbell, another youngster, was moved down back after a few games up forward and he took some telling marks and was also a fine player. On baller Rory Johnson was again busy and won plenty of ball in midfield to drive the Pies goalward. While Chris Hunt showed quality footballers can play anywhere as he gave the Pies huge drive playing in the midfield.
The Magpies are now 2-2 with a chance to go into the black when they play Sandgate next Saturday at the Hawks nest at Taigum.
Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 6.3 - 39 | 9.5 - 59 | 13.5 - 83
Cats 2.3 - 15 | 3.4 - 22 | 6.4 - 40 | 8.8 - 56
Best: Hunt, H.Campbell, MacDougall, Moore, Z.Collison, Johnson
Goals: Hampel 5, Workman, McDougall 2, Kilroy, McEvoy, F.Collison, Mazerolle