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Place Player Update – Mitchell signs on for 2018

Andrew Thomson

Reigning joint Bill Peirce Medallist and current Club Captain Drew Mitchell had no hesitation in putting pen to paper for season 2018.


"It was a very straightforward decision to renew my contract for 2018, the Magpies are a true family to me and I want nothing more than to see us build on our developing performance of 2017," Mitchell said at McCarthy Homes Oval on Friday. 

Mitchell played all of his junior football at Sherwood and he bleeds black and white coming from a long line of Magpie stalwarts who have been part of the fabric of the club for 40+ years. His grandparents, Ray and Flo Laing are Life Members of the club and his father Steve Mitchell was a multiple Premiership winning player for Sherwood. 

"While there is a genuine sense of purpose about the club right now, the most impressive thing I've noticed so far after just a few weeks back on the track is the hunger and attitude of everyone wanting to get the best out of themselves. There's plenty of talent and moreover great blokes who are wanting to play at the Magpies for all the right reasons, this should make us more competitive in 2018. We know we've got a mountain of hard work to put in but I think we've got the right group to build something special," Mitchell said. 

"The new additions to the club are settling in really well and it's given a few of the older heads a timely nudge with fresh ideas and new standards being set," said Mitchell.  

While Mitchell was a dual winner of the Best & Fairest in 2017, the season was frustrated by injury and he will be looking to go to another level as a midfield leader and regular goal kicker in 2018.  A dependable workhorse in the middle with his bullocking frame and superb endurance, Mitchell is at his best when he hits the scoreboard regularly as he did in the 2016 season, where he averaged well over 1.5 goals a game.

While it was always a formality, the Magpies were eager to sign Mitchell for 2018 to get it out of the way.

Club President, Andrew Thomson was naturally excited to confirm the signing of Mitchell for 2018. 

“It would be easy for us to lose focus on our loyal core by running around signing new players and forgetting about the guys that drive the group, but we were really keen to not fall into that trap," said Thomson.  

"It’s important that Drew and the other senior players who have put in the hard yards are shown the respect they deserve, so Drew was one of the first players I wanted to sit down with and get signed up for 2018. Loyal players like Drew, club juniors who move up the ranks and put the work in week in week out, year in year out are the heartbeat of a successful footy club."

"Yes, we know he bleeds black and white and it wasn't likely that he would go be going anywhere else, that said he’s the Club Captain and his signature is as important as anyone else. I look forward to seeing Drew bust through the middle in 2018 for a trademark goal from the midfield,” said Thomson.  


 For further info regarding playing at the Western Magpies in 2018 please call Brydan Morgan (Senior Coach) on 0423 861 361.

Place Coaches Update - Sam Joppich to coach U16s

Andrew Thomson

The Sherwood Junior AFC are pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Joppich to the role of U16 Head Coach for the 2018 season.


Sam will fill the role vacated by Jake Fuentes after Jake’s promotion to Head Coach for the Western Magpies Colts (U18 side).

Sam is a former local Sherwood junior who grew up around the corner from the football club and progressed through the Auskick program and into the Senior/Reserve teams over a period of 10+ years. Sam is currently the AFL Excellence Coordinator at Woodcrest State College in Springfield as well as Assistant Coach for the South Brisbane Vixens U17 girls team.

Sam assists as a Development Coach for the AFLQ South running their Summer Development programs. Through this role Sam has developed strong relationships with both the AFLQ and the Brisbane Lions and their Academy.

“Culture is everything, a good culture breeds confidence, builds friendships and a willingness to learn, as Sherwood was my club I played at for over 10 years as a junior and into senior teams, I am looking forward to coming back to the club and moulding the next generation of footballers but more importantly, young men” Sam said.

Place Player Update - Corrie returns to The Nest

Andrew Thomson

Western Magpies 2012 Premiership player Anthony Corrie is returning to The Nest in 2018 to play a key on-field mentoring role in a young Magpie outfit. 

After spending the previous 4 seasons at Kenmore Bears in a challenging player/coach role in the Division 2 competition, Corrie returns to the QAFL with a reinvigorated outlook and a committed focus to playing a key on-field role, while also imparting knowledge and supporting younger players at the club.

Speaking on Friday at Chelmer, new signing Anthony Corrie commented that the Western Magpies strategy around both football development and community engagement was the main drawcard.  

Corrie said, “It’s great to be back at the Western Magpies, a place that genuinely feels like a home away from home for me.

Spending the last 4 years at Kenmore Bears has given me motivation to continue on with the work I’ve done with them and now apply it within a semi-professional setting at Magpies. 

Aside from the great people at the Magpies, the main attraction to return was the challenge and opportunity to add value to both football and off-field. Professionally, family and football it just feels like a great fit.

With such a young and enthusiastic list, added support staff and a clear direction to get the best out of ourselves each week, I am excited for the first time in a long time about footy.

Giving back is key and I get a buzz from giving back to the game that has been so generous to me so far in my career,” Corrie said.   

Additional to an extensive football resume, which includes AFL experience at both Collingwood and the Brisbane Lions, Corrie brings well-rounded life experiences and a sincere drive to play an active role in developing young people, both as footballers but as leaders in the community.

Magpies Board Director Andrew Thomson said, “We’re delighted to have ‘Nuxy’ back at the club for 2018 and beyond, as anyone that’s been involved with him knows that while he has plenty to offer as a footballer, it’s the whole package that attracts clubs like ours to good people like him. 

In his previous stint with us, he was a regular at the club assisting with junior and youth football. He also did a fantastic job coaching our U/18 side and is a credit to himself and his family the way he conducts himself,” said Thomson. 

The Western Magpies are hosting a pre-season ‘Meet and Greet BBQ’ on Sunday 12th November from 3:00PM. Returning players, coaches and club members will be on hand to welcome all new players in a social environment. There will be quality live music, great food and a warm social atmosphere to connect player’s prior to official training commencing on 22nd November. 

For further info regarding playing please call Brydan Morgan (Senior Coach) on 0423 861 361.



2018 Sherwood Magpies JAFC Coaching Opportunities

Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Junior Australian Football Club is calling for applications from interested parties for the following roles for the 2018 season:

Junior Football Coordinator – responsible for the oversight of all teams in the Under 8 – Under 11 age groups including appointment of team officials, mentoring coaches and upholding the values and objectives of the club.

Youth Football Coordinator – responsible for the oversight of all teams in the Under 12, 14 and 16 age groups including appointment of team officials, mentoring coaches and upholding the values and objectives of the club.

Junior Coaches and Assistant Coaches (U8 – U11) – these positions are primarily responsible for the education and encouragement of players with a focus on basic skill acquisition, teamwork and enjoyment. Coaches will liaise regularly with the Junior Football Coordinator.

Youth Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches (U12, U14, U16) – these positions will be responsible for the training and development of all Sherwood Youth Football players in accordance with club policies and guidelines. Coaches will work closely with the Youth Football Coordinator as part of the overarching development objective of the club. The club expects to offer multiple teams in each of the above age groups.

Applications and enquiries should be directed to Shaun Barrett at no later than 5pm Friday 8th December 2017. Please include a summary of your experience and any other information relevant to your application.

Place News - Magpie Quartet Named in QAFL Top 50

Andrew Thomson

Western Magpies had four players named in the QAFL Top 50 players for 2017.

Skipper and co-Bill Peirce medallist Drew Mitchell led the way, being named at No 25 on the list in recognition of a strong season in the mid-field.

A breakout season saw Pies 2017 B & F runner up and QAFL representative Tom Ileasi named at No 38 while co-Bill Peirce medallist Gareth Crawford was recognised for a consistent season at the coal-face and came in at No 37.  

David Lewis was named at No 47, which is remarkable given he played just over half a season before a knee injury ended his year. His write-up demonstrates why he was named.  He also represented Queensland this year.

Certainly Charlie Pershouse in particular could consider himself unlucky seeing as only a few weeks back he was named in the QAFL Team of the Year!

25. Drew Mitchell

A consistent workhorse around the packs, the ball-winner and Magpies skipper was one of the most important players in the black and white this year.

Mitchell seemed to get better as the season went on and his strength around the contest and strong leadership was sorely missed in the final rounds when he missed through injury.

From his fourteen games Mitchell registered in the best players six times and tied for the Magpies best and fairest with Gareth Crawford.

37. Gareth Crawford

Crawford is no stranger to the QAFL Top 50 list, after coming in at number 50 last year. The ball winning beast hasn’t slowed down either; he continues to win the footy for the Magpies in close and go about his business.

As a senior player on a young list at the Western Magpies, Crawford leads the way, consistently providing high level output and physicality around the ball.

38. Tom Ielasi

‘Smart,’ is the word that comes to mind when thinking about Tom Ielasi as a player, but he’s also pretty tidy by hand and foot as well.

A versatile, clever midfielder, Ielasi can play off half back, through the middle and can even pinch hit up forward where he can be particularly dangerous.

Ielasi was deservedly selected in the QAFL representative side this year, played 15 games and was named in his sides best players 10 times, while also kicking 10 goals.

47. David Lewis

Sometimes the best way to notice a player’s value is what happens when they go down with an injury. Lewis’s knee injury caused serious issues for the Western Magpies toward the end of the season and they missed his star quality badly.

The high leaping Lewis takes some great grabs and can be damaging with his kicking when he’s on song.

Of his eight games Lewis featured in the best five times. One of the best highlight reels in the QAFL.


Westpoint Auto - Coaching Vacancy Update

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Football department and senior committee wish to congratulate 2017 Senior Assistant Coaches Sam Long and Adam Holland on their recent appointments to Head Coaching positions at Yeronga Devils in QFA Div 1 Competition and Redcliffe Tigers in QFA Div 3 Competition respectively.

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Both Sam and Adam were valuable contributors in their time at the club and will be sorely missed in 2018.  As both clubs play in different competitions to the Magpies, we also have no hesitation in wishing both gents a hearty good luck for 2018 seasons! (Especially Longy, who will still be having a kick on Friday nights with the Woodies)

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In other news, Brett McEvoy has been appointed to look after the Brisbane Lions Academy midfield and Strength & Conditioning Coach - James Nightingale has accepted a role with the Brisbane Roar A-League squad, an excellent result for both and underlining the professional environment at the Western Magpies.

These recent appointments show the Western Magpies to not only be an exceptional talent pathway for young footballers, but also aspiring coaches.

As a result the following vacancies remain:

Colts – Head Coach

Level 1 Accreditation Required with desire to attain Level 2

Key criteria:

  • Focus on development of players to prepare them for Senior Football
  • Ability to identify specific player weaknesses and implement the required development coaching through senior football program
  • Work closely with Senior Coach to understand and implement structures and desired ball movement
  • Experience and/or ability to work with young men aged 15-18
  • Adopt and grow the Magpie ‘one club’ culture

Senior Assistant Line Coaches

The Western Magpies Senior QAFL Side operates with the following structure:

Senior Coach, 3 x line coaches (mid, forward, back) then a number of additional roles like stats, video, development, strength & conditioning that spread across the senior football program.

If you have the desire to coach, mentor and develop footballers to learn and improve, as well as develop your own skills (including interpersonal, leadership and of course football) then we would love to talk to you about joining the team for 2018.

Coaching experience, or senior playing experience is desired as is a Level 1 Accreditation with a desire to achieve Level 2.

As a senior line coach you will play an integral role in a fantastic football culture that continually grows from within.

Please submit all applications to by Friday November 3, 2017

Place Player Update - Harwood signs on for 2018

Andrew Thomson

Recently delisted Brisbane Lion Ryan Harwood will join the Western Magpies for the 2018 QAFL season, after officially signing with the club in recent weeks.


“We’ve got a really young group, so his experience and leadership will be just fantastic,” said Senior Coach Brydan Morgan.

“You’d think you’d see him go through the midfield and probably at either end depending on where we might need him I guess.”

Harwood was drafted with pick 47 in the 2009 National Draft by the Brisbane Lions and played 81 AFL games, including nine in 2017. Along with his AFL appearances, the Tasmanian product performed strongly at NEAFL level this year, including a four goal performance in round 17.

The 26-year-old chose the Magpies as a result of a connection with Mark Blackberry, established while Harwood was playing at the Lions.

“(I’m) looking forward to it, can’t wait,” said Harwood.

“They’re my old club colours as well, black and white, from when I used to play at Glenorchy.

“I’ve pretty much only worn that jersey and a Lions jersey, so it’ll be good to get back into it.”

The Magpies finished in 6th place on the QAFL ladder in 2017, just missing out on the finals after Top 3 finishes the previous 2 seasons. As a result of the exit of 12 players after the 2016 Prelim final loss, 2017 turned into a transition year with a young list of players including 10 debutants and the young side did well to be in the finals hunt until the final siren of the 2nd last round of the H&A season

The signing of Harwood is great news for the club, who are in need of more senior players and leadership in a young group. The Queensland climate and proximity to some great fishing and hunting locations, was another factor in Harwood rebuffing offers from clubs all over Australia.

Harwood looks likely to be the first of a few names that could be donning the black and white for the 2018 QAFL season, as we look to take a more aggressive approach in the recruiting space this off-season.

“Aggressive enough. Without being over the top, we still value our young kids coming through,” said Morgan.

“We certainly need some more players in their late twenties just to give that experience and leadership.

“So we’ll be looking to sort of fill those holes, so to speak - hopefully with a few familiar faces returning home, as well as a few new names as well"

Watch this space Magpie fans!

MACK Trucks - Life Member Inductions

Andrew Thomson


The Sherwood District AFC (incorporating the Western Magpies AFC) awarded Life Memberships to Val Pope, Chris Dennis, Brian Millar and Reid Dobson at the Bill Peirce Medal Night last Friday

Val Pope joined the Pies in 2004 and has played over 200 Senior Games, is a two time Bill Peirce Medallist, three time premiership player and was named in the QAFL Team of the Year in 2015. He has been a crowd favourite at Chelmer for over 12 years and continues to delight the Black and White faithful. He has been a loyal servant of the club and has rarely had a bad outing in his 200+ senior appearances.

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Chris Dennis has been involved with the Pies for over 12 years. He was a junior coach for 5 years and joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and remains a Board member, with his key focus being Infrastructure and Facilities where he has played a key role over the years securing grants and managing facility upgrades such as field upgrades, new changerooms and the the light upgrades to name just a handful of major achievements in his tenure.

He was Junior Chairman from 2012-14 and was aslo club President in 2015.

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Brian "BM" Millar has been a fixture at Chelmer for 18 years and has been involved in all but one season of the Western Magpies. He joined in 2000 and has been an assistant coach and team manager in every season. He is at training every night, ensuring that all is in place so the coaches can concentrate on coaching. He has hardly missed a match and has seen the highs and lows of the Pies but enjoyed three premierships in his time at the Pies.

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Reid Dobson has played over 220 Senior games for the Magpies in addition to 50+ Reserves games and a few outings with the Woodsmen after also playing as a junior at Sherwood prior to that.

He is a two time premiership player and was named best on ground in the 2006 Premiership. He was a member of the club's leadership group for 6 seasons and was also 2 time JB Medal winner for the Reserves Best & Fairest and League Reserves Best and Fairest winner in 2010. He was also best on ground in the Woodsmen's 2014 Premiership and won the Nipperess Medal for Best & Fairest in the same season.

He coached the club in youth football in 2016 and then took the Colts to this year's Grand Final.

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The club also acknowledged Paul Grentell and Rob Lawson,  who were awarded their Life Memberships at the club's AGM in December last year but not formally presented with their badges.

Paul Grentell had a distinguished career at senior level after starting as a Sherwood junior in 1980 as a 7 year old. He captained the club for 2 years when the Western magpies were formed then coached Reserves for one season then for 6 seasons at Senior level for two premierships. He still acts as a mentor and adviser to the club. He has been involved at the club for 35 years, 17 of those years in Senior football.

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Rob Lawson has been a fixture at Sherwood since 1964 when he played in Under 15s and was the first Sherwood junior to play Senior football at the club when the senior team was formed in 1968.

He played seniors for 6 years and played in two premierships. he has been a junior coach and committeeman and over the past few years has been heavily involved in ground maintenance and match day preparation.

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CFMG Capital - Club Award Presentations

Andrew Thomson

The Bill Peirce Medal count is also an opportunity to recognise a number of people withing the football club for their dedication to the the club.  While recognition for great exploits on the field are important, its equally important to recognise the efforts behind the scenes with some prestigious awards during the evening with some very popular winners.

Awards presented during the evening were as follows:

Club Persons of the Year -  Peter Wilmot and Michelle Shepherd.

Peter joined the club this year and acted as a team manager and senior support staff and was at most training nights and matches ensuring that all playing and match day equipment was in place to support the coaches and medical staff. He helped clean the change rooms and was always on hand to lend a hand or do another job to ensure the Pies were well prepared each week.

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Michelle was the Colts Team Manager and she became a key figure in the team’s success. Nothing was too much to ask of her, she was always positive and engaged. Michelle radiates her love for footy in everything she does - often backing up after the Colts games to help out with the Seniors and Reserves.

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The Barry "Phantom" Johnstone Award for the player who gives over and above went to Colts player Max Webber who gave hours of his time to assist with junior coaching throughout the year.

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The Russell Green Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year went to Colts coach Reid Dobson and this was presented by Russell's son and Magpies player Matt Green.

'Dobbo' did a fantastic job leading the Colts side all the way to Grand Final day while also preparing players for a strong future in senior football.

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