COLTS FLY THE FLAG AND SECURE DOUBLE CHANCE
The Western Magpies Colts flew the flag for the club as they secured third place and the double chance with an emphatic 68 point victory over the Surfers Sharks last Saturday. The Pies won 15.8-98 to 4.6-30.
The win means the Pies will begin their Premiership defence when they play Wilston Grange in the Qualifying Final at Surfers Paradise next Saturday.
The match shaped as a danger game but the Colts came out firing from the first bounce and had the game in their keeping at quarter time when they led by 31 points. The Pies were workmanlike all match and extended their lead at each change.
The Magpies are only missing Jack Briskey from their best side and are building nicely going into the finals.
Sean Ryan continues his fine form on ball and has been in the best players in every game since his return from injury 6 weeks ago while Darcy Prest adds class to the on ball brigade with clean ball handling and good decision making.
Cade Scott was strong at the contest in midfield and had another good game and Whitlam Bishop led a very sold back six from CHB. Speedster Abu Kante was busy up forward with 4 goals and tall forward Lachlan Davies finished with 3 goals.
The Magpies fell to Wilston Grange twice the season but next Saturday the Pies will field arguably their best team for the year and will be quietly confident of upsetting the Gorillas.
Magpies 5.2 - 32 | 7.3 - 45 | 11.4 - 70 | 15.8 - 98
Surfers 0.1 - 1 | 1.3 - 9 | 3.4 - 22 | 4.6 - 30
Best: Ryan, Prest, Scott, Kante, Bishop, Ferguson
Goals: Kante 4, Davies 3, Ryan 2, Smith 2, Prest 2, Paynter 2