The Western Magpies enjoyed an emphatic win over Sandgate on the weekend with an incredibly colourful side featuring young and old and everything in-between.
Due to extensive injury and unavailability, the Reserves included coach Kiran Verma, regular Woodsmen player and former senior Premiership player Chris Judson (who rose from his sick bed), Club Director Mitchell Merritt (backing up from the night before), 2 permit players in Jacob Zingelmann from Beenleigh and John Harding from Jindalee as well as 3 Colts lads in Charlie Thorpe, Sean Ryan and Darcy Prest backing up from the prior game.
It was an especially special day for Merritt who made his long awaited debut for the Magpies on a Saturday after starting the the club close to 20 years ago as a junior!
Harding acquitted himself extremely well in the step up from Division 3 Senior Football, while young Zingelmann also found plenty of the footy.
However, it was the older brigade that shone brightly on the day with Ben Jaenke-Cain dominating through the middle with former Senior premiership teammate Judson, while Gabe McKinnon in the ruck was tireless and Val Pope turned back the clock up forward with a bag of 5 goals.
The Pies were slow started, not hitting the lead until midway through the 2nd quarter but ran away with the victory in the 2nd half piling on 13 goals to 3.
Former senior players finding their way back after injury and absence in Brady Allen and Sam Hartog were also good performers.
Magpies 17.13 - 115
Sandgate 6.6 - 42
Best: Jaenke-Cain, Judson, Pope, Hartog, Allen, McKinnon
Goals: Pope 5, Verma Collison, Jaenke-Cain 2, Austin, Jenkins, Gallagher, Marshall, Hampel, Arok 1