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Your Place for Footy for 3 more years!

Andrew Thomson

The Sherwood Football Club are pleased to announce that long time partners Place Graceville have signed on as a major club partner for a further 3 more years, extending the existing partnership until the end of 2021.

Place Graceville Directors with Riley Greene, Kale Charles and Monty Vine

Place Graceville Directors with Riley Greene, Kale Charles and Monty Vine


The team at Place Graceville have been a major partner of the club since 2014 when the Magpies entered the re-formed QAFL competition, and both parties were keen to extend the partnership further.  The growth of the Place team has mirrored that of the Magpies in recent years as they become the leading agency not just in the immediate area surrounding Graceville, but further afield in the western suburbs of Brisbane.


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Brad Robson (pictured above with Monty Vine)) from Place had this to say about extending for a further 3 years.


“The Magpies are the major community hub for families in the area as the largest sporting club of any code in the immediate vicinity and are a natural partner for our business.  With both the Magpies and Place being leaders in innovation, as well as basic old fashioned values of excellence, respect and humility – we feel it’s a natural fit for our business”


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Peter May (pictured above with Kale Reed), also from Place added his own thoughts.


“As a fan of Australian Rules and a local resident, I love getting down to the club for a game of 9’s or to watch the Magpies sides in all age groups take on the opposition and I couldn’t help but see the natural link with Place Graceville and the Magpies as leaders in the local community in each of our fields.” he said.


Club President – Andrew Thomson welcomed the news and encourages all Magpie families to acknowledge the support of club partners in all fields as they are a vital part of keeping the club thriving.


“I have been lucky enough to be both the vendor and the purchaser in some real-estate transactions with Place Graceville, and I wouldn’t use anybody else in the area.  We only partner with organisations we’d be happy for our members to support, safe in the knowledge they will get the service, care and support we endeavour to provide to everyone involved in the club.  The team at Place Graceville are not merely financial sponsors of the club, they are true community partners in every sense and we look forward to building on that partnership further for the next three years” he said.


We encourage our members to keep an eye on social media in the next 6 months as both Place Graceville and the Magpies continue to set the benchmark in innovation and engagement with the local community.


“Just as many people are often shocked when I tell them the size of our footy club, with our extensive ex player and supporter network, as well as our 500+ registered players, volunteers, coaches and members – I was also pleasantly surprised by the size of the Place Graceville team.  With their superior local knowledge and quality service, I had incorrectly assumed they focussed only on the immediate area surrounding Graceville, only to find that their sales team extends significantly further, not to mention their property management services.” Mr Thomson said.


See below just how big the Place Graceville team is and next time you see one of these friendly faces, be sure to thank them for their ongoing support!

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Andrew Thomson

1pm tomorrow at Yeronga will be the first time a Magpie registered player takes the field in a competitive practice match in 2019 when a combined Colts and Reserves outfit takes on Palm Beach.

With both the Senior side and this combined side having a youthful core, its a good glimpse into the crystal ball at what Magpie sides may look like in a few years time, and thats despite close to 10 additional colts age players missing due to academy or other commitments.

Club stalwart Kiran Verma takes the reigns as the Reserves Coach for the first time and will have plenty of familiar faces after his involvement in Colts in recent seasons.

The named team contains just one player over 25 in life member and veteran Gabe McKinnon who likely has more senior or reserves matches than the rest of the named players combined! Jesse Pukallus at 23 and 24 year old Isaac Bongaarts will be the only other players over 20 taking the field.

Western Magpies - Reserves/Colts vs Palm Beach - Saturday March 9, 1pm @ Yeronga

B: Jack Spry - Whitlam Bishop - Lawson Campbell

HB: Aidan D’Roza - Gabe McKinnon - Chris Jenkins

C: Blake Jones - Kelly Siemer - Deng Arok

HF: Mitchell O’Dea - Cole - Lachlan Pearson

F: Jesse Pukallus - Hamish Campbell - Isaac Bongaarts

Foll: Jackson Paynter - Sam De Nys - Will Woodburn

Int: Tyler Bobin - Calsey Robinson - Morgan Smith - Anthony Caprioli - Brodie Gardner - Cooper Crowell


Andrew Thomson

The Magpies will field a youthful looking side tomorrow at 3pm when they take on Palm Beach at Yeronga for their first practice match of 2019 after a strong, yet slightly nomadic pre-season.

While looking magnificent from the boundary lines, it was deemed that the fully re-surfaced McCarthy Homes Oval is not yet quite ready for a senior match and with Salk Oval also out of action the match has been moved to Yeronga.

Youth will be the order of the day as the Magpies will be without the likes of 2018 Bill Peirce Medalist Ryan Harwood (niggle), new recruit Claye Beams (cricket), Luca Winton and a host of other likely senior players in 2019. It will be a good opportunity to take a look at some strong pre-season performers at this level, and many will be keen to take their opportunity despite it just being a practice match.

With 25 man squads available to both sides, there are extended 7 man benches and no doubt both sides will take the opportunity to experiment with personnel and have their first outing under the new 2019 rules.

In a reward for a very impressive pre-season both on the track and in the gym, big man Monty Vine gets a chance in the ruck at senior level, while joint 2018 Maurie Macnamee Medalist Dan Edwards gets a chance on the wing. The extended bench also includes the likes of Zane Lovell, Noah Resuggan and Cam Ferguson who were all Premiership Players with the Colts in 2018. Another youngster who has well and truly earnt their chance is solidly built Cade Scott from the Sherwood U16 side last year, who has impressed with his contested work in match simulation and looks ready for a crack at Senior footy.

In addition to the familiar Sherwood faces, some new recruits will also be staking their claim this week with 17 year old Riley Greene having an impressive pre-season to start on the half back flank, Jayden Gallagher on the other flank with McCauley Lonergan starting on the bench before likely proving a spark as a small forward. Greene played in the Park Ridge Division 2 Premiership side as a 16 year old, and as an athletic mid sized defender has well and truly earnt an opportunity. Gallagher and Lonergan, a pair of good mates who have made their way to QLD were recruited from Yarrawonga Pigeons in the strong Ovens & Murray League. Gallagher looks to be a superb ball user and a class act down back, while Lonergan will add speed and pressure up forward.

It would be remiss not to mention that there are also two genuine Magpie veterans pushing into the senior side after putting in the work on the track in the pre-season. The ageless Peter Kilroy who first played seniors for the club close to 20 years ago will start down back, while triple premiership player Val Pope starts up forward.

Another new recruit having his first run in the Black & White will be key forward Brody Lumber, who has relocated to QLD for family reasons and has a strong football CV from the Riverina Region and more recently Deniliquin in NSW while another new face (in the forward line at least) will be Dave Lewis who gets an opportunity up front.

If you’d like a look at some youthful Magpie outfits in their first hitoust for 2019, get down to Yeronga at 1pm for the Reserves/Colts hitout before the main game at 3pm.

Western Magpies vs PBC - Yeronga #2 Oval, Saturday March 9 @ 3pm

B: Kilroy - B.Allen - R.Johnson

HB: Greene - Highlands - Gallagher

C: Fletcher - D.Mitchell - Edwards

HF: Reed - Goodall - Lumber

F: Saunders - Lewis - Pope

Foll: Vine - Murray - R.Easton

Int: Marshall - C.Scott - Jaenke-Cain - Lonergan - Resuggan - Lovell - Ferguson

2019 Sponsorship Announcement - Down to Earth Electrical Contractors

Andrew Thomson

The Sherwood Football Club (incorporating the Western Magpies) is pleased to welcome Jack Duff from Down to Earth Electrical Contractors as a new community partner of the club in 2019.

Jack is a local to the area, residing in Corinda and focusses on providing quality workmanship with integrity and trust for the local community.  An experienced tradesman Jack can provide a variety of services including domestic, commercial, industrial, air-conditioning, data and more.  He has a 24/7 emergency service, 365 days a year.

Club President Andrew Thomson was excited to bring on another community partner to become part of the club, especially a genuine local tradesman who can provide quality service for the players, members, supporters and wider Sherwood Football Club community.

“Like anyone, I don’t mind telling the odd joke about tradies being late and not showing up, but when I needed some electrical work done, Jack turned up for me on the morning of Australia Day to provide quality service at a reasonable price.  I had never used him before, but he was reliable and affordable.  Whilst chatting, I discovered he had recently set up Down to Earth as a local business and we agreed to a new partnership for the club there and then” he said.

As an experienced tradesman with a strong work ethic, Jack owns a business that provides service as far north as Gympie and down into Northern NSW.  However, he established Down to Earth in mid-2018 to provide a local quality service and hasn’t looked back.

“I’m excited to form a partnership with a local institution like the Sherwood Footy Club with their huge playing and supporter base and look forward to providing a quality service the broad Magpie family” he said.

If you need any electrical work, remember to get in touch:

Jack Duff - 0435 009 164

You can also follow them on Facebook here

2019 Sponsorship Announcement - Carter Capner Law - a Perfect Partnership

Andrew Thomson

The Sherwood Football Club (Incorporating the Western Magpies) welcome Carter Capner Law as a brand new sponsor for season 2019 and beyond.

Carter Capner Law is a local 75 year old Brisbane Law Firm, started in 1944 by Peter Carter’s father.

Peter has been in the law all his life, coming from a family of 5 lawyers, which makes for interesting dinner conversation!

The Carter Capner Group consists of three different business:

  1. Carter Capner – an injury compensation law firm, helping people get bac on track after a road or work accident, by making sure insurance companies play fair

  2. Queensland Business & Property Lawyers – involved in business deals, real estate, leasing, conveyancing and commercial disputes

  3. Queensland Estate Lawyers – conducting estate administration and will disputes

Peter Carter heads up all three businesses and leads a team of very smart lawyers who are able to leverage their skills to get great results for the clients that hire them.

The only period Peter has not been working in law is the 2 years he travelled the world after university, one of them working in the African desert.

Carter Capner also blog legal cases and package them in an eNews that is sent monthly. It has proven to be tremendously popular. If any member would like to receive it, please sign up via this LINK

Peter is local to the club, living in Chelmer and is excited by the opportunity to partner with the Magpies.

As a born and bred Queenslander, I am a convert to Australian Football – from rugby that I played at school.

This happened at the time the Brisbane Bears started out from Carrara.

I love the game so it's a real honour to get closer to it as a sponsor of the Magpies.

My 6-yr-old started Auskick at Sherwood last year and he’s back again this year – so that’s our direct connection to the club.

Hopefully we will all be part of the club for a long time to come.

Living nearby in Chelmer, I look forward to being part of a great community club and meeting many of the clubs members, volunteers and players at contests from Auskick to QAFL during the coming season” he said.

Club President Andrew Thomson met Peter in 2018 at the highly successful ’50 years of senior football’ function and after exchanging business cards, were able to come to an agreement over the summer months to confirm another new exciting community partnership.

I enjoyed a few quiet beers with Peter at a great event in 2018, and it was obvious to me that he enjoyed the community atmosphere our club has built and fostered for over 60 years now and would be a welcome addition to our growing community partnership and sponsorship program.

I trust that out large supporter, parent, playing and ex playing network will join me in supporting Carter Capner Group when the opportunity arises, as well as the wider Sherwood district neighbourhood, just as we do with all partners of the club.  We welcome Peter and his team to join the Magpie army and I look forward to watching his 6 year old blossom into yet another home grown Senior Magpie!


Become a 2019 Auskick Volunteer!

Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Magpies JAFC is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for Auskick in 2019!

NAB AFL Auskick is the first step for kids wanting to play our great game, where they have fun learning all the basics of Australian Football.

In 2019 we are going to role out the exciting new Auskick program and have moved Auskick to Saturday Mornings 8:00 am to 9:00 am so that the program can utilise the front oval.

The program will start on the 2nd of March and will go for 8 weeks, with 2 weeks off for School Holidays, finishing on the 4th of May.

As a volunteer your job would be to help the coordinator run the program as smoothly as possible.

This year the coordinators are Cameron Smith (centre coordinator) and Harrison Radcliffe (coaching coordinator) who are both experienced Auskick coaches.

You do not need any previous experience to assist, and the only commitment needed is to arrive 15-30 minutes before the program starts every week, and help run the activities.

This is perfect for parents of Auskickers who will be there anyway, youth/senior players wanting to give back to the club and people passionate about the game, the club and fostering the younger generation.

We encourage people from all backgrounds - male and female, to volunteer and help make the Sherwood Magpies Auskick program a success in 2019.

The only requirement is, if you are over the age of 18 and do not have a participant in the program, you must have a blue card.

There is a training day at Forest Lake JAFC 6:00pm-7:30 pm for FREE and we encourage all volunteers to attend.

If you are interested in becoming an Auskick Volunteer please contact - Cam Smith -, 0459 475 817.

For more details about Auskick at Sherwood specifically click here

McCarthy Homes Milestone - "Doc Thompson OAM"

Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Football Club Life Member Dr Greg Thompson was the richly deserving recipient of an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Saturday.

Members of the Sherwood Footy community, players, supporters, parents and no doubt the wider QLD Footy community would be very familiar with ‘Doc’ after his many years of service at the club, both as a match day doctor and volunteer, club director and unofficial publicist and historian! He has likely treated almost as many opposition players as Magpies in his years, and is hugely respected face in the crowd.

However, while his service to the Sherwood Football Club alone has been a remarkable association, Doc is also a life member of both the Tocumwal Footy Club, Tocumwal Cricket Club and Murray Valley Cricket Association and is a local legend in the Riverina community and was known to be rolling the pitch on a Friday night before play the very next day such is his dedication to giving his time to community clubs.

Everyone at the the Magpies is both incredibly thankful for Doc’s efforts over many years and equally proud to be associated with Doc and Maryanne and the extended Thompson family.

Doc and wife Maryanne who was right behind his extensive resume listed below!

Doc and wife Maryanne who was right behind his extensive resume listed below!

A life of service….

Sherwood Football Club

  • Club Sponsor 2008-Present

  • Volunteer Club Doctor 2006-Present

  • Club Secretary 2007-2009 & 2013

  • Director 2007-2014

Tocumwal Bloods Football Club

  • 125 Year Anniversary Organising Committe 2015-16

  • Reserves Coach 1990-91

  • President 1983

  • Murray Football League Publicity Officer 1981-1993

  • Chairman of Selectors / Selection committee 1979-1991

  • Board Member 1979-1988

  • Club Secretary 1979-1982 & 1986-1988

  • Author - history of Tocumwal Football Club

West Brisbane Cricket Club

  • Queensland Sub Districts Cricket Association Delegate 2012-2017

  • Member - A-Grade Premiership 2009-10

  • Board Member 2007-2016

Tocumwal Cricket Club

  • Board Member 1979-1994

  • President 1979-1991

  • A Grade Captain - 6 Seasons

  • U/16 Coach - 7 seasons

  • Club Curator - 12 years

  • Author - history of Tocumwal Cricket Club

Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Junior Chairman 1980-1985

  • Executive Member 1979-1985

  • Junior Country Week Coach 1979-1984

  • Country Week Representative Player & Captain - 72 matches

Other (Sport)

  • Coach - Greta Cricket Club 2004-2005

  • President - Southern Riverina Cricket Council 1988-1994

  • Board Member - Wagga Wagga RSL Cricket Club 1995-1997

  • Sports Convenor - Finley High School 1978-1993

Previous Awards & Recognition

  • Hall of Fame - Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Life Member - Sherwood Football Club

  • Life Member - Tocumwal Football Club

  • Life Member - Southern Riverina Cricket Council

  • Life Member - Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Service Award - Murray Football League

  • Service Award - Southern Riverina Cricket Council


  • Director & Principle / GP - Bardon Rainworth Medical Centre

  • Visting Medical Officer - Regis Aged Care 2011-2016

  • Visiting Medical Officer - Rosalie Nursing Aged Care 2007-2018

  • Visiting Medical Officer - St Pauls Villa 2006-2016

  • Member - Clinicians Advisory Group - Brisbane North 2006-2018

McCarthy Homes - QAFL Fixture Review

Andrew Thomson

The 2019 QAFL Season will start 2 weeks earlier in 2019 on April 6 after AFL Queensland released the official fixture just prior to Christmas.

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Yet again, for mysterious reasons unknown to the Magpie faithful, we’re off to Vulture territory yet again for an away fixture in Round 1. Since the reinstatement of the QAFL in 2014, the Magpies are yet to have a Round 1 home fixture!

Round 2 will see the Magpies host Labrador who will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2018 season after playing in 4 consecutive QAFL Grand Finals for 2 Premierships.

Round 3 sees the inaugural annual Good Friday match against Grange, in a fixture set to be shared hme and away in alternate seasons between the two proud Brisbane clubs.

Good Friday Footy in country Victoria has been a huge success, with massive local crowds getting their footy fix and the Gorillas and Magpies will be hoping for a bumper crowd as they develop a new tradition.

The other feature match for the Pies will be a home Sunday fixture vs Morningside for Sir Doug Nicholls Round (QAFL Indigenous Round) where both clubs will again feature Indigenous Guernsey’s in a blockbuster Sunday outing.

the Magpies will have 4 footy free weekends with nicely spaced byes, and the longest consecutive run of footy will be 5 Rounds, allowing the players to re-charge their batteries and nurse a few niggles, a luxury the Magpies weren’t afforded in 2018 due to a disjointed fixture.

2018 AGM Report - Sherwood Districts Australian Football Club

Andrew Thomson

It was a strong turn out for the 2018 Sherwood Districts Australian Football Club, which incorporates the Western Magpies, Woodsmen and Sherwood Junior Football Club.

Key outcomes from the meeting were that Andrew Thomson will again lead the Magpies in 2019 in his 2nd term as Club President, in conjunction with a stable and solid group of Directors - the club has progressed to a position of financial stability, whilst being able to upgrade facilities and have strong on-field performances at all levels of football.

Longstanding club Director Chris Dennis, and long standing junior volunteer and and Football Club Director in recent seasons Adam Edwards have opted to stand down from the board after many years of wonderful service.

Chris served on the Club’s Board of Directors from 2011-2018 and  was club President in 2014-2015, was also Vice President (Junior Club President) in 2012-2014 and has been Facilities Director for a number of years. Under his watch the club has built new changerooms, upgraded lights improved the gym facilities and had a major upgrade to the oval. He guided the club back into the top echelon of Queensland football and is a major reason AFLQ regard Sherwood and the Western Magpies as one of the best run clubs in South East Queensland.  Chris also was instrumental in improving the club’s finances to set the club on the path of financial stability and on game day, especially home matches, he does a power of work ensuring all is in place to enable the players to perform at their best.  He was Junior club Person of the year in 2011 and was the AFL Brisbane juniors Club Volunteer of the year in 2014.  He was also the Senior clubperson of the year in 2015.  

Adam has served on the Board 2016-18 and was the Vice-President and Junior Chairman during his time on the Board. He has been involved in the club since 2010  with two boys playing for the magpies. He was junior coaching Coordinator  2015-16 and has coached juniors at the club from 2011-17 and was junior coach of the year in 2011. Adam also brought a strong corporate governance approach to the organisation and chaired board meetings during his tenure. 

The club thanks both for their work to ensure the club remains successful and no doubt they will still be at the club in some capacity this year and in the future—maybe just to watch their sons play in the Black and White and enjoy a quiet day at the footy—if that is possible!!

Two new Directors were elected to the board, namely Peter Radcliffe as Vice President and Junior Chairman, and Niall Powell as a Club Director. Niall is a junior parent at the club an an experienced Solicitor who will be instrumental in handling some facilities related matters in the years to come.

Also returning as Directors are Club Secretary and Life Member - Gabe McKinnon, Finance Director (Treasurer) - Martin Sinfield and Sponsorship Director - Mitchell Merritt.

A number of vacancies remain, particularly in relation to grants, revenue, membership and events. Should you wish to get involved, please contact

AGM Highlights

  • Senior Football improved output - Senior side just missed finals after slow start and 2nd best %, Reserves played finals for first time since 2014, 3rds played in Grand Final and Colts were QAFL Premiers

  • ~75% of senior list comprised of local juniors

  • Riley Easton QAFL Rising Star after injury disrupted career since debut as 16 year old

  • Recruitment of Ryan Harwood and Claye Beams

  • 10-15 Club Juniors playing NEAFL, VFL or similar

  • Four QLD U/18 Representatives

  • NAIDOC Week Celebrations

  • Strong Junior registration and playing numbers

  • Growth in Auskick and Roys

  • Strong numbers U8-U11 Age Groups

  • Fielded 2 sides in U12/14/16s

  • 25+ juniors across all grades played representative football

  • 50th Year of Senior Football Celebrations

  • Launch of commemorative guernsey

  • Life Membership Inductions x 6

  • Field upgrades, coaches boxes, new reel mower and other facilities improvements

  • Strong financials. $313k Revenue with $3k profit.

  • Additional expenditure on footy department, medical support, physios, strength and conditioning