A fit and firing Ryan Harwood booted 7 goals as the Western Magpies kept their finals hopes alive with an emphatic 74 point victory over Wilston Grange before a healthy crowd at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer Saturday week ago in Round 16 QAFL action.
After a slow start when the Gorillas made a contest in the first quarter and a half, the Pies clicked into gear midway through the second quarter to boot 14 goals to the visitors 1 goal from the 16 minute of the second quarter to go on to a percentage boosting 19-7- 121 to 7-5-47 victory.
With Palm Beach-Currumbin kicking a last second goal to defeat Mt Gravatt by 1 point, the door is still ajar for the Magpies to make the finals.
Harwood and CHF Brodie Lumber got the Pies going with 3 goals each before halftime then Harwood added four goals in the final quarter, one a superb check-side goal from near the scoreboard which was every bit a good as any Eddie Betts special!!
Wilston Grange came out firing in the opening stanza with the first 2 goals then Pies got going with the next 4 goals followed by a goal early in the second quarter to lead by 3 goals. The Gorillas hit back with the next 4 goals to take the lead but this stirred the Magpies into action who replied with 4 goals of their own to have a 21 point buffer at half time.
The Magpies stamped their authority on the game after half time and with percentage to play a key part in finals aspirations the Pies opened up play and with the best forward movement for the year were able to outscore the gorillas by 10 goals to 1 goal in the second half.
The Magpies dominance began with a superb display in the ruck by Gerard Moore who won the ruck contest then marked all-around the ground. Moore's footy smarts will be crucial in the next 2 matches. Riley Easton was, well, Riley Easton, with a typical bustling display, winning the ball from the centre as well as laying plenty of tackles, one late in the third quarter caused an eyebrow laceration which needed a few sutures after the match. The Magpies were not happy with how his cut occurred and there was a fair bit of niggle in the final quarter as a result of this.
Claye Beams showed his obvious class with a polished display, starting at half back then rolling through the middle and also spending time up forward.
His foot and hand skills were a delight to watch.
David Lewis led from the front with great generalship across half back with numerous intercept marks and Brenton Saunders also continued his great form , starting in defence but also pushing forward at times. He also had the head swathed after also copping an eyebrow laceration early in the match.
Will Fletcher in midfield was up and about early before fading slightly and Lumber provided a strong leading target once again. Liam Dwyer was his usual busy self up forward and Jordan Bonney had a solid game and enjoyed his first Senior goal, a long kick from 50 metres in the last quarter.
The Pies can rest some sore bodies this week with the bye before resuming in another virtual elimination final when they host Mt Gravatt at McCarthy homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday.
4.1-25 | 9.5-59 | 14.5-89 | 19.7-121
2.2-14 | 6.2-38 | 7.4-46 | 7.5-47
Goal Kickers: R. Harwood 7, B. Lumber 3, C. Beams 2, H. Kerr 2, L. Dwyer, W. Fletcher, J. Bonney, M. Lonergan, J. Goodall
Best Players: G. Moore, D. Lewis, R. Harwood, R. Easton, C. Beams, B. Saunders