The Western Magpies Colts will be keen to return to the winners list on Saturday morning when they host the eighth placed Mt Gravatt in the second last round of the home and away season.
The Pies are currently in 5th place on the ladder but play lower sides in Mt Gravatt and Surfers Sharks and wins in both matches puts them on track for a 3rd place finish and the double chance. Currently they trail 3rd placed Broadbeach and 4th placed Morningside by 4 points and with Broadbeach having the bye this round and then playing the top placed Palm Beach-Currumbin in the final round the pies could go a game ahead while Morningside play second placed Wilston Grange tomorrow and if they lose then the Pies better percentage will see them ahead of the Panthers.
That all rests on the young Magpies winning their final two matches.
Coach Dallas Gallagher has his side playing good football at the business end of the season and despite a loss to Wilston Grange last week, there was plenty to like about the Pies. They matched the Gorillas for large parts of the match and did not get reward for effort.
They regain speedsters Jonty Macdougall and Ritti Batilimoyo and big forward Cam Ferguson, who they missed last week. They will miss the hardness of Darcy Prest in the midfield as he represents Queensland under 17s against Vic Metro at Ikon park on the weekend and tall forward jack Briskey, who is out with an injury. The Pies have a strong midfield led by Noah Resuggan, Cade Scott and Sean Ryan and Lachlan Davies in ruck has been in good form. The defence has been solid all year with Whitlam Bishop, and lawson Campbell being consistent defenders all year and up forward ferguson and Jackson Paynter are the big forward targets.
The Pies must win this match if they want to secure the double chance and at home have the incentive to pocket the four points.
QAFL Round 18: Western Magpies Colts v Mt Gravatt at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday, August 10th at 09.30 am
B: Lawson Campbell Jacob Aurisch Tom Evans
HB: Charlie Thorpe Whitlam Bishop Jack Spry
C: Rory Edwards Noah Resuggan Brodie Gardner
HF: Sam Mehari Jackson Paynter Ritti Batilimoyo
F: Jonty MacDougall Cam Ferguson Cooper Crowell
Rucks: Lachlan Davies
Rover: Sean Ryan
Int: Abu Kante, Morgan Smith, Tyler Bobin, Kelly Siemer
Emerg: Byron Kohler, Kai Tierney
In: Jonty MacDougall, Tyler Bobin, Ritti Batilimoyo, Cam Ferguson
Out: Darcy Prest (Qld Under 17), Jack Briskey (injured), Lachlan Pearson, Ethan Mooney