The Western Magpies Colts came back to earth with a thud after being well beaten by Palm Beach-Currumbin in the QAFL Second Semi Final at Salk Oval on Saturday.
The Pies poor kicking for goal proved costly as they booted 1.7 to the Lions 7.1 in the first half and that was the tale of the match. The Pies created opportunities but unlike last week, when they kicked 6 straight, were off target and had a huge task at half time to come back from 5 goals down against the minor premiers on their own turf.
The Pies had as much of the ball as the Lions in the first half but they were missing their A game of the week before. The Pies may have been a bit over-hyped and were guilty of uncharacteristic fumbles and missed tackles. The Pies missed good chances at goal while PBC were more clinical in their finishing.
The Magpies rallied in the third term and had plenty of ball in their forward half but the Lions pushed back hard to bottle the ball up and nullify scoring chances and were able to do when protecting a strong lead. The Pies were unable to close the gap and then several late goals in the final quarter saw the final margin blow out to 68 points, 15.9-99 to 3.12-30.
Best players were defender Lawson Campbell who worked hard too keep the Pies in the match, ruckman Lachlan Davies who competed hard in the trenches, winger Rory Edwards and on-ballers Darcy Prest, Sean Ryan and Cade Scott.
The Colts will have to re-group quickly when they take on Wilston Grange, who won by 2 points in an extra-tim thriller over Broadbeach on Sunday. They will do so without the injured Rory Edwards, but in positive news the Preliminary Final has been relocated to McCarthy Homes Oval, commencing at 10am. The Pies need to re-produce the intensity they displayed in beating the Gorillas a week ago if they are to advance to the Grand Final.
Be sure to get down to the club on Saturday morning to cheer the last Magpie side standing in 2019 home to their 3rd consecutive Grand Final!