An inexperienced Colts outfit took on the undefeated Palm Beach side down at Salk Oval and gave a good account of themselves against a side featuring more than 10 players in their 2nd season of Colts footy and several with senior footy experience. The Magpies had just 5 players returning from the 2018 squad with 3 from the victorious Premiership side.
However, it was a good measuring stick for the young side to see what it takes against a high quality opponent and the Colts fell well short on the scoreboard, but provided plenty of effort.
It was a bright opening as the Pies were just 1 goal down at 1/4 time, however the Lions got well on top in the 2nd quarter with 11 scoring shots to 2, with inaccuracy keeping the score respectable and the Pies in with a sniff. However a strong 2nd half saw the Lions turn a 30 point half time lead into a solid 47 point win to remain on top of the ladder.
Among the best players were Jackson Paynter giving a strong account of himself in the air, Brodie Gardner on the wing and no surprised Lawson Campbell, Whitlam Bishop and Jack Spry had plenty of work to do in defence to be named in the Pies best.
The Pies can bounce back this week against Morningside with several key players expected to return in what shapes as an important match for the Colts who currently sit at 3-3 and in contention for Top 3 and the double chance.
Lions 3.2 - 20 | 7. 9 - 51 | 9.13 - 67 | 12.16 - 88
Magpies 2.2 - 14 | 3.3 - 21 | 4.4 - 28 | 6.5 - 41
Best: Paynter, Gardner, Campbell, Davies, Bishop, Spry