PIES RESERVES IN DISAPPOINTING LOSS
The Western Magpies Reserves had a disappointing 50 point loss to Surfers Paradise at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday.
The named side on paper was arguably the Magpies strongest team for many seasons, but unfortunately this did not transfer to the field both in output and with 2 late outs.
Admittedly their Demon opponents looked a slick outfit for Reserves and their transition from defence to the forwards was precise--the exact opposite of the Pies ball use which was generally poor.
The Pies were defeated 19.10-124 to 10.14- 74 with only 5 less scoring shots than the Demons.
The Magpies delivery by hand and foot was plagued with skill errors, missed targets and poor decision making, with at least 8 of the Surfers Paradise goals gifted by the Magpies.
The loss means the Pies are now a match outside the five with a bit of work in front of them to stay in the finals race.
Ruckman Gerard Moore was an exception to the rule with yet another fine display in the ruck, again putting his hand up for senior selection.
Harrison Kerr is getting back to form after a long layoff and gathered plenty of possessions in midfield, while Rory Johnson continued his good year to be named the "Grey Magpies" best player.
Redlands listed Matt Thomson, a regular NEAFL player returning from injury, had a good second half, half forward Kale Reed put his hand up for a Senior recall with a typical bustling display and rover Cade Scott tried hard to lift his team-mates
The Pies travel to Broadbeach after the bye with a winnable match to keep them in touch with the top teams.
Magpies 2.1 - 13 | 4.7 - 31 | 6.8 - 44 | 10.14 - 74
Demons 3.4 - 22 | 8.6 - 54 | 13.9 - 87 | 19.10 - 124
Best: Moore, Kerr, Johnson, Reed, Thomson, Scott
Goals: Kerr 3, Hampel 2, Reed 2, Arok, Jaenke-Cain, Moore