RESERVES SUFFER DISAPPOINTING LOSS
The Western Magpies Reserves went from chocolates to boiled lollies in a week when they went down to Morningside by 74 points.
The Pies left last week's form in the change rooms as they looked like they thought it was all going to happen again by just running on the ground but they were blown away in the first quarter. The Panthers had the aid of a strong blustery wind in the first quarter but the Pies did not apply pressure and were 43 points down at quarter time. and had failed to hit the scoreboard.
To their credit they did even up the contest after quarter time and although the scoreboard showed a big loss the Pies matched the Panthers after quarter time and had 60 % of the football in their forward half but just could not kick goals, with 3.10 as the final tally telling the tale of the lack of accuracy.
Macauley Lonergan on the ball put in a strong display to put his hand top for an immediate senior recall, veteran Ben Jaenke-Cain worked hard in the middle of the ground and Harry Marshall was solid in the last line of defence. Liam Dwyer and Jack Austin were tireless in ruck and Val Pope also looked to be getting back to some strong form despite carrying a cold into the match.
The Magpies are three games out of the five and are out of finals contention but can still enjoy the rest of the year starting with a win on Saturday against Sandgate at McCarthy homes Oval at Chelmer.
Panthers 16.6 - 102 defeated Magpies 3.10 - 28
Best: Lonergan, Jaenke-Cain, Marshall, Dwyer, Austin, Pope
Goals: Lonergan, Hampel, F.Collison