The Western Magpies are looking for a more competitive effort when they travel to Victoria Point to meet Redland on Saturday.

Tuesday 6 July 2010

The Western Magpies will continue to persist with youth and are planning to ambush Redland at Victoria Point on Saturday.

The Magpies disappointed themselves with their scrappy performance at home against Aspley last weekend that resulted in a 12-goal loss in a game many gave them chance of victory.

While they have now lost 30 games straight since their re-entry to the QAFL, the Magpies have not plumbed the same depths as Redland did in 2006 when they conceded 40 goals in a game on three occasions.

The Bombers should provide some inspiration for the Magpies, having recovered from that horror period through developing local youth and astute recruiting to be a more than competitive outfit.

While the Bombers need a percentage-booster against the Magpies to enhance their finals prospects, the black and whites have other ideas.

“We’ll stick tight,” Magpies coach Jarrod Thorpe. “Footy is a fine line.

“I’m confident we’ll come out at Redland and be very competitive.”

The Magpies suffered last week with injuries to important State squad member Luke Scott, who injured an ankle early and is unlikely to play this week, while big utility David Hamill injured a hamstring.    

“We’ve got a lot of good young talent but we’re just lacking a few more senior players,” Thorpe said.

“For the last few games we’ll be all about working out who fits into our team next season and will be encouraging young kids to come through and find out who out can play where and do what.”

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