FINALS LIKE TEST FOR COLTS
The Western Magpies Colts face an early test of their finals credentials when the Pies host the second placed Wilston Grange at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday morning.
The Pies have been bolstered with the return of key playmakers in centreman Noah Resuggan, key tall Jack Briskey, small forward Sam Mehari and centre half back Whitlam Bishop.
On the debit side they lose twin speedsters Jonty MacDougall and Ritti Batilimoyo.
The Pies are close to full strength though its hard to judge, as the squad has tremendous depth creating countless selection headaches for the brains trust.
Players in good form include ruck rover Cade Scott, ruckman Lachlan Davies and defender Lawson Campbell.
This match will provide a challenge for the young Pies and will give them a good indication of where they sit in the finals equation. A win gives them the confidence that they are in the premiership mix and will likely secure third on the ladder and the double chance while a loss will only be a temporary setback but makes it a bit more tricky to finish in the top three.
The Colts are in strong form and continue to build nicely as they regain a more consistent list of available players and build momentum with less frequent mass changes to the side.
Magpies vs Wilston Grange - 930am, Sat 27 July @ McCarthy Homes Oval
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