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Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Colts will need to bounce back hard if they are to overcome Wilston Grange in the QAFL Preliminary Final at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday. The Pies were well beaten last Saturday by Palm Beach-Currumbin but they left the form  they displayed when they defeated Wilston Grange the week before behind and could not re-produce the tough hard football they displayed in the Qualifying Final victory. In the last match against the gorillas the Pies were tough at the contest and played hard no frills football and they will need to bring the same approach to Saturday’s match if they are to win and progress to the Grand Final.

There is one forced change with winger Rory Edwards out with an ankle injury and in comes tall Oscar Murphy and Brodie Gardner will go to the wing.

The Pies will need their midfield to apply the pressure they did when the sides last met and it will be to Cade Scott, Noah Resuggan and Darcy Prest to return to the  the ferocious attack on the ball and the Grange ballcarriers that won them the game 2 weeks ago. 

Lawson Campbell and Whitlam Bishop worked overtime last week in defence and will be hoping the midfield pressure will make it easier for the Pies' defenders.

The Pies key forwards were well held last week but the likes of Jackson Painter and cam Ferguson ned to attack the ball and either mark it or bring it to ground to allow smalls Sean Ryan, Sam Mehari and Jonty Macdougall an opportunity to swoop on the loose ball.

The Pies must get down and dirty and apply the pressure that won them the game a fortnight ago otherwise they will be spectators on Grand Final Day.

The Pies will be boosted by a big home crowd support base and it may be that 23rd man that could get them over the line for another crack at PBC. 


 QAFL Preliminary Final--  Western Magpies Colts v Wilston Grange at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer  on Saturday, September 7th  at 10.00 am

B: Jack Spry  Lawson Campbell Tom Evans

HB: Charlie Thorpe Whitlam Bishop  Jacob Aurisch                                            

C:   Brodie Gardner Noah Resuggan  Ritti Batilimoyo

HF:   Cade Scott  Jackson  Paynter  Cooper Crowell 

F:  Sam Mehari  Cam Ferguson  Jonty MacDougall 

Rucks:  Lachlan Davies

             Darcy Prest

Rover:  Sean Ryan   

Int: Abu Kante,  Kelly Siemer, Morgan Smith, Oscar Murphy

Emerg: Ethan Mooney, Byron Kohler

In: Oscar Murphy

Out: Rory Edwards (injured)

Gut Feelings - brought to you by Regis Aged Care Chelmer

Andrew Thomson

  • The Colts came back to earth with a jolt last Saturday, being well beaten by Palm Beach-Currumbin in the Second Semi Final at Currumbin last Saturday. They were unable to re-produce the intensity from the previous weeks final vs Wilston Grange and some inefficiency also cost them.

  • They  missed tackles and fumbled more and while they were accurate the week before, the goalkicking yips  saw them trail 7.1 to 1.7 at half time , 5 goals down with the same scoring shots. The Pies worked hard in the third quarter to narrow the gap but could not get reward for effort after having more inside 50s then tailed off in the last quarter.

  • The Colts get another chance this Saturday and in good news the match has been transferred from Surfers Paradise to McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer this Saturday, to commence at 10 am.  A great common sense decision from AFLQ!

  • The pies get the home ground advantage due to defeating Grange  last week. It would be good for a big contingent of Magpies supporters to get down to the ground to support the boys in their quest to have another crack at PBC in the Grand Final. The Pies will need to bring the same intensity and attack on the ball they displayed in defeating the Gorillas in the Qualifying final

  • The Magpies Colts have defied the odds to even get to the finals let alone reach a Second Semi-Final then the Preliminary Final. With injuries in the senior ranks a number of Colts players filled the gaps in both Seniors and Reserves early in the year but with their return to the colts plus some players returning from injury and various representative duties their stocks picked up to be at the stage they are still in the finals and challenging for back-to-back flags.

  • Coach Dallas Gallagher has an astute football brain and he has been able to marshall his players throughout the year. He is not afraid to make game day moves and can note trends in the game early and make changes to either press home an advantage or manage a part of the Colts game that is not working well.

  • Well, the sun, planets, moon and stars all got the wobbles in the last round and the Pies could not get the job done, falling at the last hurdle yet again. In a case of deja vu again (if you doing mind the tautology!!), the Pies had to win over the Demons and then hope Mt Gravatt didn't catch them on percentages.  When Mt Gravatt were 7 goals in front  of Labrador and the Pies 4 goals down all looked forlorn but the Pies closed the gap to under 2 goals and Labrador rallied but in pushing hard the Pies leaked three late goals to Surfers Paradise to blow the final margin to 5 goals, which did not reflect the tightness and closeness of the contest for most of the match. 

  • In their last match of the season at Surfers Paradise  the Reserves looked like they couldn't wait until the end of the season and it was a disappointing end to a disappointing year. The Pies only fielded 20 players after a number of match eve withdrawals and finished with 16 on the ground.  The Magpies did struggle against the top side and who could blame them in the circumstances. Well done to all the players who turned up and did battle out to the end of the season but who could blame them when they looked relieved at the final siren. 

  • The Reserves will always have a number of player changes at selection but this year the Pies had a huge number of changes at selection every week and had 1 match with 10 changes and three matches with 8 changes and most matches had at least 4-6 changes. This meant they could not get any continuity to develop a fluent game plan. That said several players stood out during the season with Zac Collison having a consistent season, Jordan Bonney came on in leaps and bounds to be rewarded with several Senior games, Sam Hartog relished his time on a wing toward the end of the season and Jesse Hampel has had a consistent season.  

  • The Woodies also completed their season 2 weeks ago after a convincing win in their first final vs Morningside they failed to turn up at Maroochydoore for the first 3/4 and an embarassing exit was on the cards, then a last quarter fightback when the Woodies chased down a 7 goal lead to put a famous victory on the table before just falling short to bow out by 2 points.

  • There was a large contingent of Magpies current past players and past players and officials at Steve Mitchell's funeral last Tuesday. Included in the gathering were a large number of Steve's premiership team-mates and representatives from AFLQ and Brisbane Lions, testament to the high regard Mitch was held in throughout the AFL community in South East Queensland. 

  • In a moving ceremony the many layers of Steve Mitchell were mentioned, from the fun loving and sometimes larrikin youngster, to his love of family and friends and his love of football and the Sherwood Football Club. 

  • Eulogies were given by Steve's sister-in-law Michelle, wife of brother Rob, who spoke eloquently of the family and Steve's unconditional commitment to his large and extended family and to the fun loving bloke that he was. 

  • School friend and junior football team-mate Keith North spoke of schooldays and trips to the coast and of playing football together, mentioning that Steve was challenging the accepted rules from an early age and thinking outside the box, which he continued to do throughout his life with his thoughts on life and football. 

  • Premiership teammate John Cawcutt spoke about Mitch's football career and how we was a player who would go over hot coals for his teammates and was an integral part of three Sherwood premierships. Oh, and a mention of a suspension where coaching Sherwood Under 16s--something about not agreeing with the umpires!! 

  • Sons Drew then Luke spoke brilliantly about their Dad and the support he had given them and the sage advice he was ready to impart. They also thanked him for guiding them in their careers, in football and in their personal lives and that he had given them strong building blocks to be good citizens and good people. That both have become strong leaders in the football club speaks volumes for the legacy Steve left his sons.   

  • And of course his funeral finished with the strains of “We’re from Tigerland”.

  • The club's Presentation Night has been scheduled for Saturday, October 19th. The Bill Peirce Medal Count will be a highlight while the Reserves John Burkett (JB) Medal, Maurie McNamee Medal for Colts and the Nipperess Medal for the Woodsmen will all be watched with interest.

  • Bruce Reville and Samson Ryan played for Redland in the NEAFL last round the weekend before last in their upset win over Canberra and then this weekend they  must have their head spinning as both will line up for the Brisbane Lions in the NEAFL Finals. The Lions are undefeated but have been blessed with an almost full list all season but NEAFL rules restrict them to 14 listed players in the finals when taking on non AFL aligned clubs hence the need to top up with the likes of Reville and Ryan. It will no doubt be a great experience for the 2 Rs and good performances at this level will certainly push their names forward and attract attention from the AFL recruiters.

  • Riley Greene was also on the Brisbane Lions NEAFL radar before it was discovered Riley is aligned to the Gold Coast Suns due to residency regulations as he lives at North Maclean and was therefore ineligible to play for the Lions. It is unfortunate as Riley has had a great season for the Pies and at 17 years old would not have been out of place at NEAFL level so it is a missed opportunity to show what he is capable of. 

  • Best wishes to the Magpies contingent at Aspley as they continue their finals campaign when they play Southport at Fankhauser Reserve at Southport at 1.30 pm on Saturday.  Skipper Jackson Allen and Tom Baulch (a Magpies player but not seen in the black and white very often this year) will line up while Cal Carselkdine, who missed the Hornets win last week over GWS Giants may come back in to the side, but Doug Lawrence will miss due to a late season ACJ dislocation. Lawrence was playing his best football for some time at CHB when injured and Tom Baulch has now established himself in the starting side after starting on the bench in many earlier season matches. 

  • The QAFL Grogan Medal Count will be held at the Gabba on Sunday, September  8th. As well as the Grogan Medal, the QAFL Team of the Year will be announced and the Pies Luca Winton must be a good chance to be named. Dan Edwards and Riley Greene will be right in the mix for the Rising Star Award  as both have had outstanding seasons and both have been consistent performers all season. 

  • Ipswich Eagles take on Wynnum in the QAFA Division 3 Preliminary Final on Saturday at Wynnum and will feature 3 ex-Magpies in Chris Devlin, Nick Barling and Michael Lyons. Lyons won 2 QAFL Reserves Best and Fairest Bill Clerke Medals in 2004 and 2005 and was Magpies Reserves Best and Fairest winner in 2003.   

  • Luke Scott will try to guide Mitiamo to a long awaited flag after they won through to the Loddon Valley Grand Final to be played on Saturday. Mitiamo won the Second Semi Final over Pyramid Hill and had last weekend off and play the same team in the decider. Mitiamo, located 35 km north of Bendigo,  were beaten in last year’s decider (by a side containing club President Andrew Thomson’s cousin who put them to the sword in what were absolutely horrific conditions with sleet and gale force winds blowing, not ideal conditions for FIFO players from QLD!)

  • Jonesy, a FIFO player,  has played in most games this year but Jim Rozynski only managed 4 games before suffering another tear of his ACL in terrible news for the Magpie legend. Also in the Mitiamo team is ex PBC ruckman Michael L’Anson and ex-Noosa coach Lucas Matthews.

  • The Magpies QAFL Senior side is now looking for a new coach in 2020 with the departure of Brydan Morgan after 3 seasons at the helm which featured 3 consecutive 6th places. Morgan was a dedicated coach who left no stone unturned with his incredible work rate in the role. The immeasurable time, care and unmatched preparation Brydan put into the role went above and beyond expectations and the club thansk and acknowledges Brydan for his 3 years as senior coach.

  • Other roles in the football department will be advertised in due course, as will some other exciting club announcements.

  • Junior Presentation Day is scheduled for Saturday October 12, while the Bill Pierce Medal will be held the following Saturday on October 19.

  • Sadly on the weekend the last remaining youth Magpie team were defeated by Aspley in the U14 Division 1 Northern Conference Grand Final, the boys had a wonderful season and after a bright first half were unable to hold on again a strong Aspley side who were very good on the day.

  • The Magpies will be entering a womens team for the 2020 season in the QWFA and have fielded several enquiries about both coaching the side as well as many many enquiries fro current female footballers who started their journey with the Magpies and wish to return to where it began. If you’d like to be involved as a player, coach or volunteer - get in touch president@westernmagpies,

  • In other news, the Magpies have been promoting the Toyota Good For footy Raffle in droves, with the club now ranked 2nd in the country for tickets sold - a huge effort from everyone involved! We’re not far of getting to the top, so to purchase some more tickets follow this link

CFMG Capital - Coaching Vacancy

Andrew Thomson

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The Sherwood Football Club invites applicants for the role of QAFL Senior Coach for the 2020 Season and beyond, please click on the link above to view the position description and details on how to apply.

For further information:

McCarthy Homes Match Review - Colts well beaten by Lions

Andrew Thomson

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!


Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Spring AFL9s is back for 2019!!!!

This year the comp is going to be back bigger and better. Starting October 14 on Monday Nights, AFL9s is the BEST WAY to keep fit over the off-season.

Back at McCarthy Homes Oval (Sherwood Magpies Main Oval) , there will be a mens, mixed and for the first time a junior comp for 12-16 year olds.

The junior competition will be played at 6:15pm, and the mixed and mens comp will be played at 7:00pm, 7:45 and 8:30pm, for the 8 weeks.

Registration is easy. Click the link here to register -

The cost is $800 per team.

The competition is run by Cam Smith (Men’s and Junior) and Max Webber (Mixed) who are former Sherwood Juniors and have been running the comp for 2 years.

For more information please email Cam and Max on


Andrew Thomson

Are you a Grade 11 or Grade 12 student who wants to work in the sports industry?

Get A Kick Start and become an AFL9s Match Day Officer for our Spring AFL9s Competition.

The Sherwood Magpies AFL9s competition has gone from strength to strength every year and this year it is expected to grow even bigger.

The competition is run by Cam and Max, two passionate Sherwood people who have a love for the club and growing the game.


This year Cam and Max want to offer the opportunity to Grade 11 and 12 students who may wish to follow a similar pathway to them after school, to assist setting up Match Days.

Although it is a volunteer role, this is a great and easy way to put something valuable on your resume. Below are some details of what the role will entail.

AFL9s Match Day Officers


  • Grade 11/12 students looking to gain experience in the sports industry

  • Team players who are willing to take initiative

  • Passionate about sport

  • Strive to do their best and are wanting to improve and grow


Sherwood AFL9s Match Day Officers will assist the Coordinators in setting up AFL9s Match Days, and learn what it takes to match manage games.

They will also get an insight and be trained into what it takes to run a successful competition.


To gain an insight in what it is like to work in the sports experience, learning from Max and Cam who are experienced AFL9s coordinators.

Put something easy and valuable on your resume.

It is a volunteer role. However, Math Day Officers will be looked after well, to make sure this is a positive/worthwhile experience.


Monday Nights. October 14 - December 2. 5pm - 7:00 pm.

How do you apply?

Email Cam and Max - answering the following questions:



How you found out about this opportunity?

What your career interests are?

Why you would like to be an AFL9s match day officer?

How you think you will benefit from being an AFL9s match day officer?

Applications are due by the 15th of September. If you have any questions please send an email or call Cam on 0459 475 817.

Place Preview - Magpie Colts Up for the Challenge

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Colts will be up for the challenge when they travel to Salk Oval at Currumbin to play Palm Beach-Currumbin in the QAFL Second Semi Final on Saturday morning.

The Pies will go into the match with one change as Lachlan Pearson comes in for Morgan Smith after Tyler Bobin withdrew with illness last week and has not fully recovered and Jack Briskey remains injured. 

Darcy Prest boosted the Pies last week with his last minute inclusion after recovering from illness.

The Magpies were fierce at the contest vs Grange and their pressure and tackling put the bigger bodied Wilston Grange players off their game as a result.

Palm Beach-Curumbin are a team with good ball movement and the Pies will need to bring the same mindset tomorrow if they are to take the direct route to the Grand Final.  

The engine room of Lachlan Davies, Noah Resuggan, Cade Scott, Sean Ryan and Prest were all instrumental in the Magpies victory last week and will need a repeat performance tomorrow. Davies in ruck and then when resting forward has had a huge second half of the season and his improvement during the year is one of the reasons for the Pies’ surge toward a premiership defence.   

Whitlam Bishop has been Mr Consistency at CHB and has a willing ally in Lawson Campbell at FB but the entire back half with those two and Jacob Aurisch, Charlie Thorpe, Jack Spry and Tom Evans have been miserly and work well together.  Up forward Cam Ferguson has taken some big grabs in recent weeks and Jackson Paynter always presents  for the contest at CHF. Sam Mehari was back to his fleet footed best last week and with Jonty MacDougall and Abu Kante will test the PBC defenders with their pace. The strong bodied Cade Scott and Cooper Crowell will create a contest across half forward so the Pies forward line has the bases covered and is more than capable of kicking a winning score.

The Magpies travel to the coast knowing they are much stronger than in the two previous encounters with the Lions, whose form line has been patchy in the latter half of the season and will be quietly confident of winning and progressing to the Grand Final.

 QAFL Second Semi Final: Western Magpies Colts v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Salk Oval, Currumbin on Saturday, August 31st  at 09.15 am  (Note earlier starting time)

B: Jack Spry  Lawson Campbell Tom Evans

HB: Charlie Thorpe Whitlam Bishop  Jacob Aurisch                                           

C:   Rory Edwards Noah Resuggan  Ritti Batilimoyo

HF:   Cade Scott  Jackson  Paynter  Cooper Crowell

F:  Sam Mehari  Cam Ferguson  Jonty MacDougall  

Rucks:  Lachlan Davies

             Darcy Prest

Rover:  Sean Ryan   

Int: Abu Kante, Kelly Siemer, Lachlan Pearson, Brodie Gardner

McCarthy Homes Match Review - Colts prevail in Qualifying Final

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Colts have had a narrow 2 point victory over Wilston Grange in the QAFL Qualifying Final at Surfers Paradise on Saturday. Going is as underdogs against a team that had defeated the Pies twice during the season, the Pies were on song from the first bounce to gain an edge in the first half to lead by 10 points at half time.  

Big Cam Ferguson kicked the first of the 3rd quarter in the opening minutes, before Wilston Grange clicked into gear to kick 6 straight in just a 12 minute period to open up a 21 point lead after a noticeable lift in intensity to match the ferocious Pies who had set the standard in both tackling and attack on the footy. Ferguson hit the scoreboard in time on to reduce the 3/4 time margin to 15 points and it was game on going into the last

The Pies booted an early last quarter goal through Lachie Davies to reduce the margin to single figures and manged to keep the Grange outfit goalless. Jonty McDougall then goaled to make it a 4 point margin with 10 points to play and it became a frantic affair with the young Pies showing outstanding spirit to continue to put their body on the line in the contest and apply ferocious tackling pressure.

The Pies then pushed forward with less than 2 minutes to play before Charlie Thorpe kicked truly to put the Pies in front by 2 points with the siren sounding some 30 seconds later.

The Magpies received a pre-match boost when Queensland Under 17 player Darcy Prest recovered from illness to take his place in the side and he was a fine player in the midfield for the Pies.

The Magpies were well led by key defenders Whitlam Bishop at CHB and Lawson Campbell as they stood up against the Gorillas, especially in the last quarter.

Sam Mehari obviously loves the finals action as last year’s BOG in the Grand Final again won plenty of the football in midfield and across half forward and used his pace to advantage. Lachlan Davies in ruck gave the Pies midfeld a fair share of the ball which centreman Noah Resuggan used to gain plenty of clearances for the Magpies

The Magpies will again travel down the highway this Saturday to play Palm Beach-Currumbin in the Second Semi Final at Currumbin, with the winner progressing to the Grand Final.

Western Magpies 3.0 - 18 | 6.0 - 36 | 8.0 - 48 | 11.2 - 68


Wilston Grange 1.2 - 8 | 4.2 - 26 | 10.3 - 63 | 10.6 - 66

Best: Bishop, Mehari, Campbell, Davies, Prest, Resuggan

Goals: Ferguson 3, Macdougall 2, Thorpe, Crowell, Paynter, Davies, Prest, Scott


Harvey Norman Oxley - QAFL Colts Qualifying Final Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts will fly the flag for the Pies in the finals when they meet Wilston Grange  in the QAFL Qualifying Final at Surfers Paradise on Saturday. The Magpies have been in good recent form but uinfortunately will be missing two very good players in QLD U18s on-baller Darcy Prest, who is ill, and tall forward Jack Briskey with injury.

All other players are up and running and have displayed good form in the past 2 matches, playing their best football for some time in the big win last week over the Surfers Sharks. The Magpies, who finished third, face a tough opponent in the second placed Wilston Grange who beat the Magpies in two tight and hard fought contests this season. Finals football is different and the pressure may be more on the Gorillas than the Pies and the Pies are more than capable of reversing the home and away results on Saturday.  

Leading the way in recent matches has been centreman and premiership captain Noah Resuggan who will know what finals football is all about and he also has premiership teammates in Whitlam Bishop, Cam Ferguson, Jacob Aurisch, Sean Ryan  and Sam Mehari (BOG in 2018 GF) to lead the way for the pies. Bishop at CHB has had a good month and he and Lawson Campbell at fullback have led a tight and miserly back half with Aurisch, Tom Evans and Jack Spry all playing well in recent weeks.

Lachlan Davies in ruck has got better as the season progressed and with the return of Cade Scott and Sean Ryan to the on-ball brigade mid-year the Pies midfield has a strong look about it.

Rory Edwards on a wing has also been consistent all year and is expected to be a key player for the Pies.

Up Forward the strong marking Jackson Paynter and Cam Ferguson have been excellent in the marking duels, with Paynter at CHF a good lead and he does possess a leap while Ferguson uses his big body to advantage. Cooper Crowell is another solid player who knows where the goals are and with Charlie Thorpe across half forward the Pies have a few other options going forward.

Flitting around at the feet of the big forward targets are Sam Mehari, Jonty MacDougall and Abu Kante and Kante  booted 4 goals last week and will be confident of a few more in this match.

Coach Dallas Gallagher has his side playing good positive football at the right time of the year and the Pies might be better suited to the big Surfers ground than Wilston Grange, who have a big team  but may lack the pace of the Pies.

The winner gets a crack at Palm Beach- Currumbin in the Second Semi Final next week while the loser gets a second chance against the winner of the Broadbeach-Morningside clash, also to be played on Saturday.

QAFL Qualifying Final: Western Magpies Colts v Wilston Grange at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, August 24th  at 09.15 am  (Note earlier starting time)

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Coopers Friday Night Footy Review - Woodies go down fighting

Andrew Thomson

The Woodies battled Friday night Bruce Highway traffic as they trekked up to Maroochydore to take on last years Premiers in the 2nd Semi Final.

Both sides were slow out of the blocks early, with the Roos kicking the first goal while the Magpies seemingly matched it late in the quarter when Chris Davis kicked a goal to level the scores, only for a field umpire 20m away to declare it touched off the boot! (strange, considering there was no player in front or even close to to the boot of Chris when he kicked it!)

It was frantic footy, with skill levels down in slightly slippery conditions but Maroochydore took their chances in the 2nd stanza to get out to a 29 point lead with some slick play and 2 incredibly fortuitous 50m penalties from rules that don’t appear in any rule book in the history of the game, but the Pies fought yet remained goalless at half time, down by 29 points and up against it.

The Woodies had few winners at this point, with Judson tireless at the contest but fumbly at stoppages, Evans well held forward and Hockley’s radar was off on the few opportunities presented. Green and Prior were on top in defence and were keeping the Woodies slim hopes alive but the Roos dominated the 3rd quarter and spent 90% of the time camped in their forward 50 as the Woodies continually took bad options coming from defence and skill levels were down.

At 3/4 time, the Woodies trailed by 40 points and had yet to register a goal and looked like they would suffer an embarrassing end to their 2019 campaign that had faltered early, but promised so much late. So it was to be again, as the Woodies had faltered in the first 3 quarters then spring into life in the last.

Changes were swung with Hockley moved into the Ruck where Thomson had battled hard, but had been largely ineffective. Evans was moved from CHF into the midfield to get extra size around the ball, while Judson was changing on the ball with Mihalopolous.

Despite the average age of the midfield moving to mid 30’s, suddenly they were pro-active around the ball and got on top at stoppages. A long kick deep from Lachlan Woods was marked strongly by Thomson and the Woodies were finally on the board with their first goal, but still trailed by 34 points. The Woodies again won the next centre clearance and the ball fell to the wing where Curtis was able to break free and hit Thomson on the chest who then kicked truly from a tight angle and there was a glimmer of hope for the Woodies, but only ever so slight. The Woodies however were up and about and sensed the momentum shift and ran in waves forward, several repeat entries lead to Hockley marking strongly 30 out in front, but the shot sailed wide - however the Woodies were now creating scoring opportunities and the Roos were panicking.

Judson won a contested ball, again pumped it forward where Thomson again marked strongly to kick a 3rd and the margin was now less than 25 points with 10 minutes to play. Hockley and Evans by now were dominating on the ball with Hockley on top in the ruck and the ball was moved forward where Verma was able to kick a screamer from inside a congested stoppage as he was tackled and the comeback was officially on!

Unfortunately our friend from earlier in the game wanted to inject themselves in the play and a free kick was plucked from nowhere at the next centre bounce and the Roos were able to kick a quick goal against the run of play from their only forward entry on the quarter, now making the comeback a tall task as the clock ticked away!

The Woodies again won the next clearance and a long kick in from Evans hit the pack where a flying Verma crumbed the back of the pack at full pace to run into an open goal to kick another one for the Woodies to make the margin just 14 points! The mids again did their job to win the next centre bounce and the Woodies squandered several golden opportunities, including a poster from just 5 m out in the goalsquare when kicking off the ground instead of simply gathering the footy!

Curtis managed to push forward and goal again to reduce the margin and it was officially panic stations for the home side, but it was to no avail as the clock ticked down the Woodies were gallant losers by 8 points after threatening a miracle comeback.

That ended the season for the Woodies, though many were said to suggest they were so tired and sore they would likely have been unable to go another week anyway!