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PLACE PREVIEW - PIES SHOWCASE DARLING DOWNS TALENT

Andrew Thomson

PIES BRING IN DARLING DOWNS BOYS FOR TOOWOOMBA CLASH

The Western Magpies have included Darling Downs products Sam Copland (Coolaroo) and Riley Easton (Dalby) to their side for the big “Battle of the Bush” clash against Surfers Paradise at Toowoomba on Saturday.

They join the other local product in Brodie Easton (Dalby) to play for the Pies in a match that could go a long way to determining the fortunes of both sides this season.

A win to the Pies sets them up to be well entrenched in the five but a loss puts them way back in a chasing pack and could undo the good work put in early in the season.

The match has been given huge publicity in Toowoomba and a big crowd is expected to attend.  Surfers Paradise have hit their straps in the past two matches after a slow start to the year and pose a real challenge for the black and whites.

Copland comes back into the Pies line-up after some good form for the Brisbane lions NEAFL team and he will add to the Magpies firepower up forward. The Pies lacked a focal point in the loss to Labrador and Copland will provide another option.

Riley Easton returns after a year out with an ACL reconstruction but has shown enough in his 2 Reserves appearances and 1 Woodies appearance to earn a recall, and his pace and ability to apply forward pressure will be valuable to the Pies. Also in is tough and skilful winger/half forward Joe Murphy who will add some flare to the Pies midfield and youngster Matt Mazarolleto give the defence some added height.  

On the debit side the Pies lose classy forward Val Pope, who misses 2 weeks due to overseas travel for work, Aaron Maricic who is ill, Jack Goodall recalled to Redlands and Rory Johnson to the Reserves.

Luke Mitchell has not overcome an ankle sprain but Tom Ielasi passed his concussion test and will line-up on Saturday.  Ielasi has been in good form and it was noticeable that the Pies lostthe midfield  battle after he left the field early in the third quarter against Labrador.

The Pies should be refreshed after the bye last week and coach Brydan Morgan will be hoping for better returns from the forward entries than was the case last match.

The Pies will rely on rapid ball movement into the forward half to give the likes of Jake De Winter, Copland, Brenton Saunders and Easton the chance to use their pace to advantage.

Young ruckman Aaron Highlands has been robust and willing to take it up to his more experienced and often bigger opponents and with De Winter has been the find of the season.

David Lewis and Harry Marshall have been the key players in defence but Marshall was moved forward last match and obviously showed enough forward nous to start this week at centre half forward. Chris Hunt and Matt Davis have both found recent form to be key defenders for the Magpies.

If Highlands and Liam Dwyer can get their hands to the ball in the ruck contests then the likes of skipper Drew Mitchell, Gareth Crawford, Ben Jaenke-Cain and Murphy can set the Pies goalwards often enough for the Pies to kick a winning score.

With a lot at stake for both teams it is a big match for the Pies, the Demons and Toowoomba and if the Magpies can get on top in the midfield they will be well on the way to their third victory for the year.

Western Magpies v Surfers Paradise at Rockville Oval, Toowoomba on Saturday, May 27th at 230 pm

B: Matt Davis (VC), Chris Hunt, Tom Ielasi

HB: Matt Mazarolle,  Charlie Pershouse, David Lewis

C: Lachie Dennis, Gareth Crawford, Brenton Saunders

HF: Brodie Easton, Harry Marshall, Sam Copland

F: Drew Mitchell (C), Jake De Winter, Riley Easton

Rucks: Liam Dwyer, Logan Murray

Rover: Ben Jaenke-Cain

I/C: Aaron Highlands , Dom Misso, Billy Johnson, Joe Murphy

The Pies and their supporters will retire to the Spotted Cow Hotel after the game for post match drinks and a meal.  Huge thanks to this great Toowoomba institution for their support of the day!

 

 

Anytime Fitness - Reserves Preview

Andrew Thomson

PIES RESERVES CHANCE TO GET SEASON ON TRACK

The Western Magpies reserves have the chance to get their season back on track when they meet the bottom placed Surfers Paradise at Toowoomba on Saturday. However, nothing is certain this QAFL season and coach Craig Allen will emphasise that to take the Demons lightly could  be very costly.

Once again the Reserves are a revolving door with multiple changes.  Key ins are Rory Johnson from the senior side , Bryce Crossley back from injury, Joshua White from illness and two young guns from the Colts who have showed promise in Tristan Dowdy and Sam Hartog get a chance to strut their wares.

Key outs are Riley Easton and Matt Mazarolle promoted to the seniors, and defenders Matt Dillon and Tom Hall who have work commitments, Tom Michael who pulled up sore after playing last game after a long layoff and younsgster James Gainford who is still recovering from a head knock last week.

The Pies are 1-3 this year but pushed both Wilston Grange and Labrador all the way and a win in this match will be vital to the Pies seeing some September action later in the year.

Craig Allen will again stress the importance of a good start as the pies were slow starters in their past two outings.

He will look to the returning Crossley, Johnson and White to get the Pies going from the midfield and young ruckman Joshua Uebergang in his first season of AFL gets better each match as he learns the nuances of the game. He will learn from Dom Beer who will get more game time this match.

Youngsters Dowdy and Hartog have impressed in the Colts and join another youngster in Damon Allen to form a youthful half back line that could be the catalyst for Pies attacking thrusts. They will have some experience behind them in Sean McEvoy and Rohan Smith to help tidy up as necessary.

The experienced Sean Mewing and Gabe McKinnon have both found the elixir of youth and both will be key players for the Pies.

Young forward Jeremy DeRooy is still developing his game and he is a strong mark and is getting better each match in the key forward role.

The Pies must secure the four points in this match and a good start and four quarter effort is a must to achieve the much needed victory.

NOTE that the Colts round 6 match against Surfers Paradise is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th at 11am at Chelmer. That weekend is a general bye weekend for all other clubs.

Western Magpies Reserves v Surfers Paradise at Rockville Oval, Toowoomba on Saturday, May 27th at Midday

B: Rohan Smith, Sean McEvoy, Jamie Page

HB: Tristan Dowdy, Damon Allen, Sam Hartog

C: Dom Morrison,  Bryce Crossley, Tom Roderick

HF: Sam Taylor, Gabe McKinnon, Matt Cowton

F:  Kurt Vine,  Jeremy DeRooy, Dom Beer

Rucks: Joshua Uebergang, Sean Mewing,

Rover: Rory Johnson

I/C: Joshua White, Will Lloyd, Will Burgess Thomas Luke

Coopers Friday Night Footy - Woodsmen

Andrew Thomson

Woodsmen welcome back ‘The Butcher’

The Woodsmen will be buoyed by the return of 2014 Premiership hero Jay ‘The Butcher’ Baker tonight when they take on the Ormeau Bulldogs at the Nest at 7:30pm.

The Butcher enjoyed an outstanding 2014 Season playing through the midfield and up forward to bag 70+ goals, including 5 in the first half of the Grand Final victory over Wynnum to complete an undefeated season.  Suffering a ACL tear early in 2015 has seen him out of action for almost 2 years until his return tonight.  Also returning to the side ishis good friend Steve ‘Forba’ Forbes, who lead the goalkicking in 2015 in Baker’s absence and should be a good inclusion after also missing 2016 with knee troubles.

Also returning to the side this week are Scott ‘Burnsy’ Matthews, Chris ‘the Stink’ La Burniy, Blake Barkley, Andrew ‘Thommo’ Thomson, Jake Fuentes, Rick Masterson, Dylan ‘Mudgee’ Mudge, Sam ‘Irish’ Banim and Jordan ‘Walshy’ Walsh – keeping a consistent theme for the Woodies this year with mass changes from week to week – this week perhaps being a record 11 changes after last weeks draw vs the ladder leaders!

The side again has an experimental look to it this week, with regular full-back Paul Eaton given another chance on the wing, with Andrew Bell to hold down full back again.   Key posts Tim Green and Gerard Moore are unavailable, with Sam Long moving to CHB and The Butcher filling Moore’s shoes at CHF.  With fitness a concern for the Butcher, Forba and Burnsy – its likely the 3 of them will rotate evenly through the bench and 2 key forward posts to manage game time.

Livewires in Irish Sammy Banim and Jakey Fuentes will be crucial cogs at ground level up forward, while the experienced Mihalopoulous will offer both a marking target and the ability to mop up at ground level to add to his goalkicking tally.  Thommo will be looking to battle hard in the ruck against a bigger opponent to give the midfield first use, and the highly rated Woodsmen backline will be well serviced by the return of Mudge and traditional ‘bash brothers’ Stink and Matty Prior for their first game together in 2017.

Ormeau currently sit at the bottom of the ladder, but its an even competition this year and gave the Woodies a fright in Round 1, so the Woodies will need to be switched on to ensure victory.

Come on down to the nest tonight, enjoy a Coopers and a meal to watch the Woodies slug it out in another Friday night classic!

Mack Trucks Update - Western Magpies look further West!

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies are gearing up for an important match when they play Surfers Paradise at Toowoomba on Saturday. In a promotion by the Magpies, AFLQ, AFL Darling Downs and the Toowoomba City Council, the Pies host the Demons in a crucial QAFL Round 6 match at Toowoomba’s Rockville Oval.

The match has received heavy publicity in the Garden City and a big crowd should be on hand to witness the clash.

The Western Magpies have long had a connection to the Darling Downs with a number of players from that region joining the Pies in over the years.

Brodie and Riley Easton are current players to play for the Pies and they started their football careers at Dalby Swans before arriving at Chelmer 3 years ago.  Brodie has established himself as a regular senior player in the Pies midfield and is part of the Magpies leadership group this year. Brodie was filmed in Toowoomba for a promotion for the match which will attract the attention of the fines’ master for the club’s footy trip fund!!  

Riley has returned to playing after a knee reconstruction. He arrived with a bullet in 2015 and as a 16 year old small forward played a number of senior games and impressed everyone with his ability to apply forward pressure and convert goals. He injured his knee in the Magpies first practice match in 2016 and sat the year out before a delayed entry to footy this year via the Magpies Reserves. He is building toward a senior recall and could be in the mix as soon as this week.

Young ruckman Geoff Gibb, who arrived last year from the University club in Toowoomba, is  yet to play this year after a leg injury but he impressed all last year with his ability to learn and his vast improvement as the season progressed. He is close to a return and would like nothing better to get back on the ground in his home town.

Last season Trent Walker played at the Magpies after moving from Warwick and he was also a young player who fast tracked his development.

Sam Copland has been a class act for the Pies up forward in the previous 3 seasons after he traveled down the range from the Coolaroo club.  Sam is yet to don the Magpies Guernsey this year as he has been playing for the Brisbane Lions NEAFL team and has been amongst their best in most matches. The Magpies will look forward to him returning for some matches during the season.

Shane Melrose joined the Pies as an assistant coach last year after a distinguished playing and coaching career with the University club in Toowoomba. Shane travels to Chelmer three times per week to coach and has impressed all with his knowledge of the game and contribution to the Magpies.

The connection continues to grow with the Magpies Colts team fielding five players from Toowoomba this season. Jacob Sheath, Finn Collison, Jayden Johnson, Will Gillespie and Abdullah Haddad are part of the Pies team which sits second on the QAFL ladder.

The Magpies have had a long term connection with the Darling Downs with two time premiership player and two-time Bill Peirce Medallist Jim Rozynski originating with the Lockyer Valley club based at Gatton in the Darling Downs competition and he is one of the best ever players to don the Black and White guernsey at Chelmer.

Before that Andrew Farr from the Toowoomba Tigers coached the Magpies Reserves from 2005-07, winning three premierships in his three seasons at the club. Farr then returned to Toowoomba to coach the Tigers to several premierships. His son Daniel Farr played for the Magpies for a number of years when his father coached and was a tough on-baller.

The Magpies are keen to cement close links with AFL in the Darling Downs and indeed all the western corridor and see this match as a way of promoting the club and the game but also thanking the Darling Downs AFL community for their support of the Pies now and in the future.

 

Westpoint Autos - Meet the Coaches - Brian Miller

Andrew Thomson

Brian “BM”  Miller is in his 18th season at the Western Magpies and has been a fixture at Chelmer for all that time except for just 12 matches.

BM played as a youngster at Coorparoo where, in his typically dry sense of humour, he says his brothers had all the talent. He still loved the game and club environment so after he finished playing he wanted to stay involved and as he says he was better value behind the scenes. He acted as team manager for the Roos for many years. 

He dropped out of footy for awhile at the end of 1985 when his beloved Coorparoo went into recess. 

He rejoined the club scene in 1994 when Mt Gravatt joined the QAFL and stayed there until 2000, when he followed good friend Geoff Jennings to the Magpies when Jennings was appointed coach of the Piesin their second year back in senior football. 

He has been anassistant coach for many years and was named as the Russell Green Memorial Trophy winner in 2013 for Western Magpies Coach of the Year. He was joint Reserves Coach with Anthony McDonald in 2011.

BM rarely misses a training session and is ever ready to assist with setting up training drills to ensuring drinks and footies are all ready for players use at training. He is on deck from the first pre-season training run until the last game of the season is played. 

He often acts as Reserves Team Manager as well as being assistant coach on match day with the minutiae of a footy team all set up to ensure all is in order for players to play at their best. 

And those twelve matches he missed? BM was asked to accompany Peter McClennan to be his assistant when Peter was appointed coach of Mt Gravatt in 2013.  Unfortunately Peter and Mt Gravatt parted ways after twelve matches but in some respects it was fortunate for the Pies as BM came back "home" and Peter also rejoined the Pies to both be fantastic contributors to the Western Magpies. 

BM has been and continues to contribute to the Pies and has been a wonderful servant of the club and the game of AFL in Queensland. 

 

Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Meet the Coaches - Tim McEvoy

Andrew Thomson

Unlikely any of our readers haven't already met this bloke, but...

You can’t keep a good man down!!  Tim McEvoy was looking forward toa few weekends free from footy commitments after retiring last year after over 200 Senior matches anda Life Membership for the Magpies. But when a vacancy occurred early in the year for a Senior Assistant Coaching role as backline coach he jumped at the chance to work with new coach Brydan Morgan. He has been involved in junior coaching at Sherwood and was a long time member of the senior club’s leadership group when playing so he knows how to organise and get his message across to his players.

He is a senior coach in waiting and this is the beginning of the learning process as a senior coach and he embraced the opportunity to add this to his CV.

TMac’s playing career is well documented as a hard-as-nails midfielder who also played a lot of his footy across half back. He was often the backline general in his playing days and this will put him in good stead as he marshalls the defensive half for the Pies this year.

Metis Wealth - Meet the Coaches - Adam Holland

Andrew Thomson

Adam joins the club as the midfield coach after over a decade of coaching in Brisbane.

He joined the Magpies for a change of scenery and to continue to learn and develop as a coach. 

He says the Western Magpies are highly regarded in QAFL circles for both their on field performances but also for their strength and conduct off the field. 

Adam's connection with AFL was through his family who had an involvement at Wilston Grange but he started playing as a junior at Aspley. His playing career was cut short by knee and elbow injuries so to keep involved he threw his hand into the coaching ring and he has been at it for over 11 years now. 

He commenced coaching with Wilston Grange Thirds in 2007 then moved to Strathpine for two years as Senior coach, coaching the Swans to the premiership in 2008.

It was back to Wilston Grange as Assistant Coach and Reserves Coach in 2010 then he joined Aspley as that club's QFA Senior Coach for four years. 

To continue his development he moved to Sandgate as Senior Assistant Coach under Graham "Bomber" Adams in 2015-16 before crossing to Chelmer this year. 

He is enjoying his time at the Magpies and he says the Pies playing group is younger than he has coached in recent years and are very receptive to coaching with new ideas and respond well to feedback which he thinks is a great attribute to have. 

He says the players are also willing to voice their opinions and he likes the honesty that brings to the group. 

Adam loves the vibes at the club under Brydan Morgan and believes the young Pies are on the verge of building their own legacy to add to the Sherwood/Western Magpies wonderful history. 

 

 

Coopers - Friday Footy Review

Andrew Thomson

Undermanned Woodsmen snatch late draw

On Friday night in wet conditions, an undermanned Woodsmen side cobbled together late on Friday headed north to take on undefeated competition leaders the Sandgate Hawks and toughed it out until the end to salvage a draw when all looked lost, with the final scores locked at 6.14 - 50 to 8.2 - 50, with the usually inaccurate Woodsmen picking the right night to kick straight!

The Woodsmen again has 5+ changes, with 10 regulars unavailable but some very useful inclusions to fill the void.  Young Riley Easton made his Woodies debut as he continues his comeback from a knee reconstruction and was handy up forward and on-ball with his clean skills at ground level.  Older head Corey Hopkins also played his first game for the Woodies and was solid across half-back and regular senior leading goalkicker Alex Dickfos also played his last game in Magpie colours before heading to London, and contributed an important late goal.  The final debutant was Chris 'Fatty' Devlin on permit from Ipswich after playing 2016 in the Magpies Reserves.  Fatty thrived in the tough conditions to consistently win the ball and get it going forward at all costs. Rounding out the list of debutants was Simon 'Squizzy' Taylor who was useful in the back half and short stints through the middle.

The opening quarter was a learning process for the Woodies as the team adjusted to yet another round of mass changes, while Sandgate got out to an early lead before the Woodies pegged them back with 2 straight goals.

The 2nd quarter was more of the same, with Sandgate having the better of field position and gain failing to take their chances to kick an identical 2.3 from the first quarter to go into half time with a 4.6 to 4.1 lead as the Woodies continued to take advantage of limited chances.  McCewen was solid in the ruck, while Fatty and Sam Curtis were winning their fair share of footy only to see it rebounded back.  Hopkins and Long in particular were getitng plenty of the footy to keep the Woodies in the game, but there was a risk the floodgates could open and the Woodies needed to keep pushing and taking their chances.

The 3rd quarter was another slug fest, with a majority of the play between the arcs - however, late in the quarter the Hawks had the chance to open up a commanding lead but again failed to take their chances kicking 1.4 for the quarter, to the Woodsmen 1 straight goal to be down by 9 points at the final break.

All looked lost midway through the last when the Hawks had dominant field position and got out to a 19 point lead, however the Woodies had never dropped a game to Sandgate and weren't about to give away this commanding record.  Long was dominating across half back and pushing up through the middle to lock the ball forward and the midfield was beginning to get on top and Garland and Dickfos continued to present quality targets despite the wet conditions.

Long was able to push forward to kick his first goal in his Woodies career, but with less than 2 minutes on the clock and the margin at 12 points, it looked like too little too late.  However, the Woodies again pushed the ball forward for a strong mark in the goalsquare before calmly slotting the goal to close the margin.  Sandgate looked panicked and after being repeatedly run down by the Woodies in recent years, the boys could sense their fear!

The ball went back to the centre and the Woodies won a crucial clearance, before Verma kicked it forward from the wing and big G Moore took a telling grab about 55m out from goal.  With the square empty and the clock ticking down its final seconds he swung around the man on the mark and drilled it home from the 50m line to level the scores!

Woodsmen 8.2 - 50 drew with Sandgate 6.14 - 50

Goals: Garland 3, Dickfos, Mihalopoulos, Verma, Moore, Long 1

Best: Long, Curtis, Dickfos, Devlin, Bell, McCewen

QAFL Round 6 vs Surfers Paradise - "Battle of the Bush"

Andrew Thomson

In Round 6 of the QAFL the Western Magpies will stay true to their name and head west to host Surfers Paradise in Toowoomba on Saturday May 27.

 

The Western Magpies are proud of their position as the QAFL Representative club for the western suburbs of Brisbane, but also acknowledge the many recruits from much further west who have represented the club with distinction in the past, present and future. 

Courtesy of Peters Coaches support, the club will be putting on a bus for supporters at a cost of $40 return per person, please ensure you contact sponsorship@westernmagpies.com.au to reserve your position or call Chris Dennis on 0402 955 461.

This will get you to Toowoomba and back on the day for the cost of fuel alone, and you can enjoy the day without the concerns of a long drive home.

Westpoint Autos - Ressies Review

Andrew Thomson

RESERVES DOWN NARROWLY IN FIGHTING DISPLAY

The Western Magpies Reserves went down to second placed Labrador by 11 points in a fighting display at Labrador on Saturday.

The Pies were slow to get started but a scintillating five goal third quarter put them right back in the contest at three quarter time. In a see-sawing last quarter the Pies made a couple of costly errors which allowed the Tigers to hold onfor a 12-7 -79 to 10-8-68 victory.

The Pies were forced to make a couple of late changes with Bryce Crossley not shaking off a sore shoulder and Rory Johnson a late recall to the Seniors.

The experience of Matt Dillon at CHB and Sean Mewing in the centre showed the way for the young Pies. Dillon controlled the back line and his composure was excellent while Mewing was all class in the midfield.

Youngsters Will Lloyd and Dom Morrison were good players in the middle of the groundand up forward Riley Easton showed why senior recall may not be far off after a long injury layoff. Another youngster in Tom Roderick had his best game for the Reserves with two neat goals. Damon Allen and Kurt Vine across half back were again good for the fourth match in a row and the positive development of all the young players is a pleasing aspect for the coach and the club.

Another pleasing aspect was the return of key senior players in ruckman Dom Beer and key forward Tom Michael, both from long term injury. Both had restricted game time to nurse back into match conditions and both showed good touch when on the ground. 

Coach Craig Allen says the display was a positive one with the endeavour shown by the team, the commitment to the contestand the increasing confidence in each other being the most pleasing aspects of the game.

The Pies have winnable matches in the next two rounds and wins in those matches would put them firmly back in the finals race.

Labrador 3.2-20 7.3-45 10.6-6612.7-79

defeated

Western Magpies 1.3-9  2.7-19 7.7-49  10.8-68

Best: M. Dillon, S. Mewing, D. Morrison, W. Lloyd, R. Easton, D. Allen