MAGPIES LOOKING TO BUILD MOMENTUM
The Western Magpies Reserves will be looking to build some momentum this week, having played consistent footy since their poor Round 1 showing, but have been unable to string two wins together.
The Pies have made 5 changes to the side this week with the major out being big ruckman Gerard Moore who is suffering soreness after a traffic accident during the week. Sam Hartog also goes out and he was a dejected figure last week with a recurrence of a torn quad which will keep him out for an extended period of time. Youngsters Jonty McDougall and Lawson Campbell both go back to bolster the Colts and Finn Collison is injured. McDougall and Campbell most certainly didn’t look out of place at this level and acquitted themselves exceptionally well.
On the plus side the ins are Monty Vine in a straight replacement for Moore, Luke Mitchell, Dom Misso, Chris Jenkins and Gabe McKinnon. Mitchell comes back for his first game in 2019 after missing with injury from the pre-season and winger/half forward Dom Misso has returned to football after some time off trying his hand at boxing. He played 7 senior games as an 18 year old in 2017 and will be a welcome boost to the Pies depth as he finds his feet again.
The Pies mix of experience and youth was on full display last week and Chris Hunt, Peter Kilroy and Joel Workman led the experienced brigade and were well supported by the youth of Hamish Campbell, Aidan D'Roza, Rory Johnson and Charlie Thorpe to name a few.
Jesse Hampel is getting back to his best and provides a tall forward target and will be looking to add to his 5 goal tally of last week and Matt Mazarolle has proved a consistent marking target in recent weeks. .
The Pies will need to be switched on as Sandgate will smell an upset and coach Kiran Verma will stress the need for a good start on Saturday.
QAFL Round 5: Western Magpies Reserves v Sandgate at Sandgate on Saturday, May 4th at 11.30 am
B: Aidan D'Roza Harrison Radcliffe Zac Collison
HB: Peter Kilroy Hamish Campbell, Luke Mitchell
C: Charlie Thorpe Jordan Bonney Mitchell O'Dea
HF: Joel Workman Matthew Mazarolle Chris Jenkins
F: Gabe McKinnon Jesse Hampel Cade Scott
Ruck: Monty Vine
Rover: Rory Johnson
Int: Isaac Bongaarts, Sean McEvoy, Coleman Cornford, Dominic Misso