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Sir Doug Nicholls Round @ The Magpies

Andrew Thomson

The Magpies host Morningside at home on Sunday 26 May to celebrate Sir Doug Nicholls Round in what promises to be a fantastic community event!

The Senior game will be preceded by a “Welcome to Country” from the traditional custodian of the land Uncle Des Sandy and then the players, umpires and coaches will take part in a traditional ‘Smoking Ceremony” conducted by Greg Duncan, also a traditional custodian.

The Magpie Senior side will wear special one-off guernseys based on original art created by artist Jarred Lawton and commissioned by current player Chris Hunt.


The meaning of the art is nicely presented inside the neck of the guernsey with the following:

Culture: The centerpiece with the Magpie is surrounded by the yellow golden dots represents the sun rising, the magpies proud singing in the mornings is to remind the people of their important role in creation. The mining town of Coolgardie means "magpie" in the Goldfields Aboriginal dialect.  The yellow dotted circle is used to indicate the meeting place were our ancestors got together. Around the outside there is U shape symbols represent women and men meeting together.

Honour: The black and white dotted design represents the Western Magpies Powenyenna Oval. The footprints walking towards the field represent the fans, friends and family coming to watch the Magpies. Footprints coming from the left and right

Emotion and connection: The four black single feathers represent our ancestors, even though they are gone we are ready to take on the responsibility of sharing culture in some way or form. The Magpies position is that it is about to take flight, it is painted this way is to represent the teachings passed down to us and what we take with us.

Journey and respect: The white curvy patterns with diagonal lines crossing on the inside coming from the left and right side of the design to the yellow dotted circle are the billabongs where our generations before us shared their stories, educated their young, fed our people and raised our people. An important part of culture is respecting those past, present and emerging.

The host MC will be Magpie stalwart Wil Ivinson, a man of immense integrity and history with the Pies and in keeping with the day he has both Aboriginal and Islander blood with his mother from the Wakka Wakka tribe whose traditional lands were from just north of Brisbane up to the Gayndah area and his father also having both Aboriginal and Islander heritage with his ancestors from the Murrinh Patha tribe from near Wadeye in the NT and from Mer Island (Murray Is)  in the Torres Strait.  ‘Tracker’ as he is often known has played for the Magpies since the late 90’s and as recently as 2014, has coached Colts to Premierships, been a long term trainer for various senior sides (and AFL clubs as well) and is a current junior coach at the club.

The Australian Rules Football community celebrates the Sir Doug Nicholls Round this weekend across the country. Nicholls was a pioneering indigenous player who played in the 1930s and was somewhjat of a trail blazer but he suffered racial vilification playing football. He was a great Austrlaian and was the Governor of South Australia in the 1970s, AFL clubs have embraced this round in spectacular fashion with the wonderful Dreamtime at the G a headline cultural event, not just a game of footy. It must also be said that the guernsey designs and the stories behind them are also a wonderful part of the weekend.

The Magpies home ground has also been prepared beautifully for the occasion thanks to our winderful band of volunteers who prepare the surface week in week out, all former players in Des Adams, Lindsay Jefferson, Rob Lawson, Bruce O’Neill, Greg Adams and Kevin Kluver.


It’s not just the senior games celebrating the round either, with the Magpie juniors hosting games on Saturday with some fantastic celebrations.

Yeronga & Sherwood U11’s

Yeronga & Sherwood U11’s


Former champion player and Best & Fairest winner Dean Parkin is also doing wonderful things for Sir Doug Nicholls Round, attending the Dreamtime at the G game with club legend Chris Mihalopoulous.

Parkin is heavily involved in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for a first nations voice in the constitution. Dean is a Quandamookam man from Minjerribah (aka North Stradbroke Island) and represented the Magpies with distinction in the early 2000’s. An article on his efforts featured in the Australian Financial Review on Thursday.


Place Preview QAFL Round 8 - Key Inclusions Bolster Pies for Sir Doug Nicholls Round

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies have made several key inclusions for their crucial QAFL Round 8 clash against Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday. 

In the QAFL Sir Doug Nicholls Round (Indigenous Round) the Pies welcome back key playmakers Claye Beams, Riley Easton, Luke Mitchell and Ben Jaenke-Cain. Beams has yet to hit his straps as yet but after an early season thigh injury restricted his mobility he has returned to full fitness and is ready to put his stamp on a big game for the Pies.

Easton will lift the midfield intensity and Mitchell impressed with his clean ball skills a fortnight ago after missing 7 weeks with injury then out last week with work commitments. 

Out are Samson Ryan who joins the Allies for the Australian Under 18 Championships and Jesse Hampel, Rory Johnson and Harry Marshall to the Reserves after all did well in their Senior stints. 

Brody Lumber will be better for the run last week after missing for 3 weeks and is finally settled into Brisbane and training regularly, which will only help his form. With Jack Austin and Jack Goodall in good form present a strong tall forward line which should trouble the Morningside defence. Drew Mitchell returned to form in the past 2 matches and Gareth Crawford was again a workhorse in the middle of the ground and will be called on again to win the contested ball. 

Aaron Highlands has been selected at CHB but could also shift forward if needed and Beams off a back flank could be a key launching pad for the Pies. Luca Winton does not play a bad game and Riley Greene has been a consistent performer and shows maturity beyond his 17 years. 

This is a crucial match for the Pies as they will want to stay in touch with the double chance and be in a position to push for a top two finish when they get back to full strength in the latter half of the season

 QAFL Round 8: Western Magpies v Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday,  May 26th at 2.00 pm 

B: Jayden Gallagher Luca Winton  Riley Greene

HB:  Claye Beams Aaron Highlands  Brenton Saunders

C: Macauley Lonergan Drew Mitchell  Dan Edwards

HF:  Lachie Dennis Brody Lumber Kale Reed 

F: Luke Mitchell Jack Goodall (Capt) Jack Austin

Rucks:  Liam Dwyer

             Will Fletcher

Rover:   Riley Easton

Int: Gareth Crawford, Ethan Sivijs, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Cade Scott

Sci Fleet Taringa - Reserves Round 8 Preview

Andrew Thomson


Coach Kiran Verma has been able to bolster his side with eight inclusions for the Reserves clash with Morningside on Sunday

The Pies suffered a large defeat last week at a hands of a red hot Palm Beach outfit, but this side looks stronger physically and also with added football nous and experience.

Key inclusions  are the trio returning from the Senior side after performing well at Senior level, but forced out by returning regular senior players.

Jesse Hampel is still in the top three leading goal kickers despite limited games and will make a big difference up forward as will the inclusion of Redlands aligned Harrison Kerr, who comes back in after  missing over a month with a hand injury.

Also back in are key defender Harry Marshall and midfielder/forward Rory Johnson both having good seasons this year.

Other key inclusions are Premiership ruckman Gerard Moore and midfielder/defender Chris Hunt, who both add physical strength and footy smarts to the side, invaluable commodities in an otherwise relatively young side. 

The Pies will be keen to put last week out of their minds and there is no better way than put in a good performance and defeat a finals rival in the process.


QAFL Round 8: Western Magpies Reserves v Morningside (Indigenous Round) at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Sunday,  May 26th at 11.30 am.


B:  Aiden D'Roza  Gabe McKinnon Hamish Campbell  

HB:  Peter Kilroy Harry Marshall  Zac Collison

C: Charlie Thorpe Jordan Bonney Lawson Campbell

HF:  Finn Collison Matthew Mazarolle Chris Jenkins

F:  Rory Johnson Jesse Hampel  Harrison Kerr 

Ruck:  Gerard Moore

           Chris Hunt

Rover: Zane Lovell

Int: Sean McEvoy, Deng Arok,  Monty Vine , Harrison Radcliffe  

Harvey Norman - Colts Round 8 Match Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts have been bolstered by three key inclusions for their all important clash with traditional rival Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Sunday morning.

The Pies sit 3-3  this season and are fourth on the ladder with the Siders gaining momentum after a slow start to the season, with 2 wins on the trot and sit in sixth place on the ladder.  

Into the team comes tall key position player Jack Briskey with Darcy Prest and Jonty MacDougall to add some zip around the packs and across half forward. Out go solidly built ruck rover Jacob Aurisch, nippy winger Ritti Batilimoyo and back pocket Lachlan Pearson, all injured or unavailable.

This is  match the Pies must win as it will put them 2 games clear of the Panthers and entrench themselves in the five.

It is a good opportunity to get one back on a long time rival and put a dent in Morningside’s finals chances as well. 

Coach Dallas Gallagher with stress to his young Magpies the need to be switched on from the first bounce to get on top early and then control proceedings.


QAFL Round 8: Western Magpies Colts v Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer  on Sunday, May 26th at 9.30 am


B: Tyler Bobin Tom Evans Jack Spry

HB: Oscar Murphy   Whitlam Bishop  Lawson Campbell

C:  Ethan Mooney  Rory Edwards Brodie Gardner

HF:  Abu Kante  Jackson  Paynter  Jack Briskey

F:  Darcy Prest Cam Ferguson  Cooper Crowell

Rucks:  Lachlan Davies

             Sam Mehari

Rover:  Jonty MacDougall

Int:  Morgan Smith, Anthony Caprioli, Claydes Doyle, Calsey Robinson

McCarthy Homes Match Review - Baby Pies challeng Premiers

Andrew Thomson

On a day that had some warning bells ringing up against the undefeated Lions on their home ground, the under -manned Magpies missing up to 10 first choice players had to stand up and despite the final scoreline, the young Magpies did exactly that. A 43 point loss at face value looks like a bit of a thumping but the Magpies played determined football throughout and matched their opponents in most places on the ground but the Lions were more efficient going forward, particularly through star ex Fremantle & Collingwood forward Jack Anthony

The Pies featured 9 teenagers plus several other youngsters with less than 10 games to their name, but were not overawed and gave the undefeated Lions a solid workout. The Magpies took no backward steps and showed the club that the future and development is underway and will continue to see the club successful.

It is high praise for the performance and character of the Western Magpies from the  opposition coach Jess Sinclair who conceded

"the Magpies controlled the game most of the time but just could not apply scoreboard pressure.

In a frank assessment Sinclair said it was the first time this season his side had been ‘beaten up around the football’.

“We had some nice ball movement at times but I think they controlled the game most of the day and the scoreline probably flattered us a little bit"

The early clinches saw the Lions on top  and the scoreboard did not take long to start ticking over for the Lions and their star forward John Anthony certainly left a mark and it could said his 6 goal performance was the difference on the day. The Lions are a well drilled side but credit must go to the young first gamers for the Magpies who can be very proud of their first senior games for the club.

Teenage ruckman Samson Ryan did a great job in the ruck and exceeded expectations with an outstanding performance on the day in his senior debut, that confidence and performance certainly did not go unmatched by efforts of 17-year-old Cade Scott who also had an outstanding debut in the midfield and upforward, and despite his light frame the youngster was not afraid to throw his weight around in the clinches.

19 year old Jack Austin met the challenge set for the young forward and proved a great focal point in the forward line to boot 3 goals and he was well supported up forward by key forward Brody Lumber with 3 goals and around ground by Aaron Highlands, Drew Mitchell, Luca Winton and Jack Goodall .

We’re not in the business of celebrating losses, but the performance is one that sets a minimum benchmark for effort, a challenge was well and truly put on the table and the undermanned young Pies certainly bought a strong team performance that can set an standard for the remainder of the season.

However, a loss was not what the doctor ordered and the Magpies show up to every game expecting a win, so will be looking to getting players back and continue to build for the remainder of the season with the knowledge that the young Pies are up to the mark. The Magpies take on another close foe in Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Sunday in the club’s Indigenous Round and will wear a custom guernsey designed from original artwork commissioned by Chris Hunt in conjunction with Aaron Maricic and club stalwart Wil Ivinson. This is shaping as a season defining match which the Magpies must win to remain in touch with the five.

Palm Beach Currumbin Lions 7.1 - 43 | 9.8 - 62 | 14.11 - 95 | 16.14 - 110


Western Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 4.2 26 | 7.4 - 46 | 10.7 - 67

Best: Ryan, Winton, Goodall, Austin, D.Mitchell, Highlands

Goals: Lumber, Austin 3, Edwards, Highlands, Lonergan, Reed 1

Arabon Financial - Reserves Round 7 Review

Andrew Thomson

An undermanned Western Magpies Reserves were no match for the ladder leading Palm Beach Currumbin side on Saturday. Due to extensive injury and unavailability in the Senior side, several top line Reserves players were given well deserved opportunities in the Senior game leaving the Reserves slightly depleted despite the inclusion of several top line Colts players.

Some late NEAFL call-ups resulted in more ‘uphill’ flow, leaving the Magpies with just 18 players, resulting in a couple of Colts backing up and coach Kiran Verma also suiting up despite having played the previous evening.

In contrast, the Lions side were up and about on their home deck in front of a Premiership reunion crowd and featured many quality players with senior experience displaying a depth that would be the envy of many clubs, and many Lions were quick to point out that until this point in the year, their senior side had enjoyed minimal injury interruption allowing their Reserves to settle into a cohesive unit.

A cohesive unit they were, running out 106 point winners after a 10 goal to nothing first half. The Magpies did compete well around the ball, and the inside 50 count was likely not as the scoreline suggests, but the young Pies outfit had no answer to the experienced forwards of Palm Beach who took full advantage of quality forward entries.

The Pies best performers were 16 year old Jack Briskey who again showed he has a big future despite the scoreline, while 3 other teenagers in the midfield worked hard to stem the tide in Jordan Bonney, Zane Lovell and Chris Jenkins.

Special mention also to Lawson Campbell and Luke Beetham who backed up from the Colts for their 2nd match of the day.

Lions 6.6 - 42 | 10.9 - 69 | 15.11 - 101 | 21.17 - 143


Magpies 0.1 - 1 | 0.5 - 5 | 4.6 - 30 | 5. 7 - 37

Best: Briskey, Jenkins, Vine, Bonney, Lovell, McDougall

Goals: Not recorded

Anytime Fitness - Colts Round 7 Match Review

Andrew Thomson

An inexperienced Colts outfit took on the undefeated Palm Beach side down at Salk Oval and gave a good account of themselves against a side featuring more than 10 players in their 2nd season of Colts footy and several with senior footy experience. The Magpies had just 5 players returning from the 2018 squad with 3 from the victorious Premiership side.

However, it was a good measuring stick for the young side to see what it takes against a high quality opponent and the Colts fell well short on the scoreboard, but provided plenty of effort.

It was a bright opening as the Pies were just 1 goal down at 1/4 time, however the Lions got well on top in the 2nd quarter with 11 scoring shots to 2, with inaccuracy keeping the score respectable and the Pies in with a sniff. However a strong 2nd half saw the Lions turn a 30 point half time lead into a solid 47 point win to remain on top of the ladder.

Among the best players were Jackson Paynter giving a strong account of himself in the air, Brodie Gardner on the wing and no surprised Lawson Campbell, Whitlam Bishop and Jack Spry had plenty of work to do in defence to be named in the Pies best.

The Pies can bounce back this week against Morningside with several key players expected to return in what shapes as an important match for the Colts who currently sit at 3-3 and in contention for Top 3 and the double chance.

Lions 3.2 - 20 | 7. 9 - 51 | 9.13 - 67 | 12.16 - 88


Magpies 2.2 - 14 | 3.3 - 21 | 4.4 - 28 | 6.5 - 41

Best: Paynter, Gardner, Campbell, Davies, Bishop, Spry

Place Preview - Baby Pies Take on Unbeaten Premiers in Big Test

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies selectors have again had to make several changes to the make-up of their team to take on the rampaging and  undefeated defending QAFL premiers Palm Beach-Currumbin on their home turf in QAFL Round 7 action on Saturday. 

Besides a couple of ageing warriors in Gareth Crawford and Drew Mitchell (apologies to Drew!!), the Pies side is very youthful and they will hold no fear of the Lions on Saturday.

AFLQ talks up the rivalries in the QAFL but the Pies v Lions is as good as any of them  as they developed a fierce rivalry over a fifteen year period from 2004 onwards when they met in many finals clashes and in three grand finals for a 2-1 result to the Pies. There was never any love lost between the teams and the Pies premiership wins in 2008 and 2012 over the Lions live long in  the memories of many a rusted on Pies supporter.

The Pies lose Claye Beams, Ben Jaenke-Cain and Luke Mitchell to unavailability and Riley Easton to injury. 

In exciting news in comes classy young ruckman Samson Ryan for his senior debut, whose ruck work harks back to the days of the tap ruck men of yore  who directed the ball to the chest of their rovers. Ryan has been on Brisbane Lions Academy duties in the first half of the season.

17 year old Cade Scott also comes in for his senior debut after impressive pre-season form and a solid first 5 rounds of Reserves footy to earn his chance and Jesse Hampel makes it a trio of debutants when he comes in after excellent reserves footy with consecutive bags of 5 goals and he found his feet after 4 years away from the game.

Despite the ageing warrior epitaph, Crawford and Mitchell were instrumental in the Pies comeback against Sandgate a fortnight ago and both are playing with plenty of vim and vigour, with Crawford showing no signs of slowing down, adding plenty of zip to the midfield with his pace and agility at stoppages.

In other good news Brody Lumber returns to the key forward position after missing due to unavailability Rory Johnson comes in after good Reserves form to add pace around the goals.

The young Pies will attack this match with nothing to lose and with the Magpies having a good record at the Salk Oval, coach Brydan Morgan will stress to his charges that this can be a season defining match and to leave nothing in the tank by the match's end. 

QAFL Round 7: Western Magpies v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Salk Oval, Currumbin   on Saturday, May 18th at 2.00 pm

B: Jayden Gallagher Harry Marshall  Riley Greene

HB:  Luca Winton  Jack Goodall  Brenton Saunders

C: Macauley Lonergan Drew Mitchell  Dan Edwards

HF:  Lachie Dennis Aaron Highlands Kale Reed 

F: Brody Lumber Jesse Hampel Jack Austin

Rucks:  Liam Dwyer

             Will Fletcher

Rover:   Cade Scott

Int: Samson Ryan, Gareth Crawford, Ethan Sivijs, Rory Johnson

Emerg: Bruce Reville, Joel Workman, Zach Collison


Sci-Fleet - Reserves Round 7 Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Reserves face a stern test as they take on the unbeaten Palm Beach-Currumbin at Currumbin on Saturday. 

The Pies are missing key players with injury or unavailability and are also a young team except for ageing warriors Peter Kilroy,  Gabe McKinnon and Sean McEvoy. Also joined by Ben Jaenke-Cain for this match as he is unavailable in the 2pm timeslot due to work. Kilroy and McKinnon have found the elixir of youth and are among the best players  this year, Jaenke-Cain played his best match a fortnight ago in the senior game and McEvoy is regaining touch after  a delayed start to the season and he is 3 matches shy of 200 matches for the club in what has been a magnificent career for the Pies over the past 15 seasons. All the other players are quite young with an average age of 20 and they will be keen to inflict the Lions first defeat.

The Pies will miss the class and experience of Chris Hunt, who is unavailable, but welcome the high flying youngster in Jack Briskey to the forward line. 

The key to victory will be the midfield battles and Jaenke-Cain, the strong bodied Jordan Bonney and the returning Zane Lovell will be keys for this and if the ball can get down quickly to a strong forward line, the Pies can kick a winning score.

Down back, youngster Hamish Campbell has been a revelation with strong marking at centre half back and Zac Collison has been the Pies best player this year in the last line of defence. 

The Pies will need to bring their A game to knock off the Lions on their home turf but coach Kiran Verma will have his side up for the challenge.

QAFL Round 7: Western Magpies Reserves v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Salk Oval, Currumbin  on Saturday, May 18th at 11.30 am

B:  Sean McEvoy  Harrison Radcliffe Zac Collison  

HB:  Peter Kilroy Hamish Campbell, Isaac Bongaarts

C: Charlie Thorpe Jordan Bonney Mitchell O'Dea 

HF:  Joel Workman Matthew Mazarolle Chris Jenkins

F:  Gabe McKinnon Finn Collison Jack Briskey 

Ruck:  Monty Vine

           Ben Jaenke-Cain

Rover: Zane Lovell


CFMG Capital - Colts Round 7 Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts face a tough match when they take on last year’s Grand Final protagonists Palm Beach-Currumbin in a top five clash. PBC are undefeated and the young Pies will be up for the challenge.

The Pies welcome young rover Luke Beetham to the side and from all reports he is a classy player. Lachlan Pearson returns to the last line of defence.

The Pies will be without good players in Jonty MacDougall, who is promoted to the Reserves, while centreman Noah Resuggan and utility Darcy Prest

Rory Edwards moves to the centre  and will team up with Jacob Aurisch and ruckman Lachlan Davies to win the midfield battles.

Up forward Cam Ferguson and Cooper Crowell have been in good form and Whitlam Bishop, Tom Evans  and Lawson Campbell anchor the backline.

Like the Seniors and Reserves, the Colts will need to bring their very best to match and then overcome the undefeated lions on their home turf, but they looked to be returning to their best form a fortnight ago and will be primed for a big team performance.


QAFL Round 7: Western Magpies Colts v Palm Beach-Currumbin at Salk Oval, Currumbin on Saturday, May 18th at 9.30 am


B:  Lachlan Pearson  Tom Evans Jack Spry

HB: Tyler Bobin  Whitlam Bishop  Lawson Campbell

C:  Ethan Mooney Rory Edwards Brodie Gardner

HF:  Calsey Robinson Jackson  Paynter  Oscar Murphy

F: Morgan smith Cam Ferguson  Cooper Crowell

Rucks:  Lachlan Davies

             Jacob Aurisch

Rover:  Luke Beetham

Int:  Anthony Caprioli, Kelly Siemer,  Coleman Cornford,  Claydes Doyle,