The Western Magpies have nine games remaining to try and register their first win in QAFL ranks since returning to the State League in 2009.
Wednesday 16 June 2010
The Western Magpies have nine games remaining to try and register their first win in QAFL ranks since returning to the State League in 2009, and coach Jarrod Thorpe has already shown his troops will attack the task in a positive manner.
Thorpe has committed to kicking more goals, while at the same time trying not to leak them at the other end.
They booted 14 in his first game at the helm after replacing Paul Grentell against the Brisbane Lions, almost winning, and 11.8 against Morningside in a 98-point loss before the bye that was exacerbated by a nine goal to nil third term.
The black-and-whites face Broadbeach at Merrimac on Saturday, host the might of Southport the following week, then have Aspley visit in the third week out of the bye.
They will look at the first and third matches as genuine winning opportunities, but they cannot afford any lapses that have plagued them when in a position to win contests over the last 12 months.
“It is a long journey but we are going in the right direction,” Thorpe said.
“We had a hiccup against Morningside but we have the capacity to kick 20 goals in a game – of that I’ve got no doubt.”
Thorpe has got key position player Mark Dowley hitting form after a long injury lay-off and the former State centre-half-back can also help as a target forward.
Thorpe is excited by the young players coming through the system, with Alex Kitching, Tim Colburn, Conrad Hudghton and Billy Moorhead all earning his praise in recent weeks.