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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.

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“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

VAL POPE, CHRIS DENNIS, BRIAN MILLAR and REID DOBSON AWARDED LIFE MEMBERSHIP

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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Coopers Friday Night Footy - Superb finals series secures Moore's first Nipperess Medal

Andrew Thomson

Former Senior captain and dual Premiership player Gerard Moore took home the Woodsmen’s Best and Fairest Award, the Nipperess Medal, polling 34 votes to be ahead of joint Runners-up in Andrew Thomson and Sam Curtis on 29 votes.

Slightly different to the Seniors, Reserves and Colts - the Woodsmen B&F is decided by a single voting card each week with votes tallied 1-6.

Thomson shot out to an early lead before a mid season purple patch from Curtis, where he polled 21 votes in a 4 week stretch, saw him take a slight lead into the finals.  With both Curtis and Thomson unavailable for the qualifying final, a strong showing from Moore brought him one vote shy of Curtis heading into the Preliminary Final.  While the Woodsmen went down in another tight one, anyone who was at the game knew Moore had the medal firmly in his grasp with a clear best on ground performance earning him a maximum 6 votes, while Thomson's 4 votes brought him level with Curtis.

In 3rd place was Chris Davis, who also took out the prestigious Woody's Woody (Players Player) Award for the 2nd year running.

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Other award winners were Senior Assistant Coach Sam Long, who ironically took out the Scott Keane Medal (Coaches Award), Andrew Bell for 'Hard Wood' (hardest at the footy), Rick Masterson and Daniel Hitchcock as joint winners of 'Club Wood' for Best Clubman, Rick Masterson the Rising Woody (Best First Year Player) and rounding out the awards was playing coach, Chris Mihalopoulos as the leading goalkicker with 43.

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Anytime Fitness - Sheath shades Austin to win Maurie McNamee Medal

Andrew Thomson

Midfielder Jacob Sheath was a narrow winner of the Colts Best and Fairest Award, the Maurie McNamee Medal.  The Toowoomba product started the year in defence but was a revelation when moved to the midfield. Sheath polled 62 votes to be a narrow winner over early leader and 16 year old CHF Jack Austin on 60 votes.

Half back Tristan Dowdy was third on 55 votes with others to poll well were Zac Stegmeyer (53), Sam De Nys (52), Max Webber (50), Ethan Sivijs (43), Hamish Campbell (40) and Caleb Franks (36).  

It was a tight finish with 5 players finishing within 10 votes of the winner, which shows the evenness of this side who finished on top of the ladder while also supplying several debutants to the senior side.

 

The Runner-up Trophy was awarded to Jack Austin with the Most Consistent going to Tristan Dowdy and Best Team Player to Max Webber.  The Coach’s Trophy went to Whitlam Bishop, Best in Finals was Sam Hartog and Leading Goalkicker was Jordan Bonney on 31 goals (3rd in QAFL).

Westpoint Autos - Crossley holds off charging Page to win 2nd JB Medal

Andrew Thomson

Centreman Bryce Crossley added a second Reserves JB (John Burkitt) Medal to the one he won in 2015 when he was a narrow winner with 89 votes over defender Jamie Page (86) and fellow midfielder Joshua White (85).  Crossley opened up an early lead and then managed to hold off the charging Page and White to secure the medal.

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Veteran Sean Mewing was next best with 56 votes after an injury interrupted season with Will Lloyd (54), Rohan Smith (43), Captain Gabe McKinnon (42) and youngster Dom Morrison (35) rounding out the leaderboard.

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The Runner-up Trophy was awarded to Jamie Page and Most Consistent to Joshua White. Braydon Thomas was awarded Best Team Player after coming back after an ACL reconstruction and Joshua Uebergang was awarded the Coach's Trophy after a standout first season playing Australian Rules. Leading Goalkicker was Jeremy deRooy with 26 goals.

 

 

Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Thrilling Bill Peirce Medal Count comes down to the wire

Andrew Thomson

The Bill Peirce Medal for the Western Magpies Best and Fairest was jointly won by midfield workhorse Gareth Crawford and captain Drew Mitchell.

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In an exciting count, Crawford polled votes in the final 2 rounds to reel in the early leader in Mitchell, who missed games late in the year through injury.  Mitchell and Dave Lewis shot out of the blocks before injury put an end to Lewis season while Crawford came from the clouds late in the year to run down the early season leaders.

The voting system has 3 cards of 5-4-3-2-1, with all votes completed by members of the coaching staff, the maximum votes in any one match was 15 votes, with Tom Ielasi the only player to achieve a perfect score of 15 in the final round vs Morningside, while Crawford polled 14 once and 12 twice.

Mitchell led 64 votes to 48 voters with 2 rounds to play but Crawford polled 12 votes in the second last match against Labrador and then another 4 votes in the final match at Morningside to tie up the count.

Mitchell had a purple patch from round 6 to 10 where he polled 31 votes to open up a 22 vote lead after round 10.

It is the first time there has been a tie in the Bill Peirce Medal Count.

For Mitchell it is his First Senior Best and Fairest but he comes from Sherwood/Western Magpies royalty with his father Steve and uncle Rob premiership players at the Pies and his grandparents Ray and Flo Lang both Life Members of the club.

Crawford has a distinguished football resume in the western border area of Victoria, winning a Western Border League Best & Fairest and also a Best & Fairest at Hamilton Kangaroos in their first season after amalgamation of bitter rivals Hamilton and Hamilton Imperials several years ago.   

The medallists were presented their Medal by Bill Peirce himself. Peirce was the Magpies first Grogan Medallist, was a seven time captain, two time coach and two time B & F for Sherwood as well as playing in several premierships and close to 300 senior matches for the club in addition to over 150 reserves outings.

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Runner-up in the voting was silky mid-fielder Tom Ielasi, who polled 58 votes. Young ruckman Aaron Highlands was next with 49 votes, a superb effort in his first season in the top grade. Other votegetters in the mix were Logan Murray (46), Harry Marshall (45), Brenton Saunders (44), Jack Goodall (38), two time Bill Peirce Medallist, 200 game player and new Life Member Val Pope (36) and leading goalkicker Jake de Winter (35).

Ruckman Aaron Highlands took out the much coveted BG Award for Courage and Commitment and was also won the Rising Star Award, highlighting what a big future he has in the next few years.

2014 Bill Peirce Medallist Ben Jaenke-Cain was named as the Joe Schaffert-Kevin Garner Memorial Trophy Most Consistent Player after another solid season.

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Best Team Player Award was shared by youngsters in midfield hard-nut Logan Murray and consistent defender Harry Marshall and Coach's Trophy was awarded to the unlucky David Lewis, who contributed all year despite a season-ending PCL tear in round 10.

Jake de Winter was the Leading Goalkicker with 39 goals, averaging 3 goals per match.

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Club Vacancies - Football Department & Committee

Andrew Thomson

The Club has a number of opportunities to be involved at both board level and in the 2018 Football Department.

Coaching Vacancies:

2018 Reserves Coach

2018 Reserves Assistant Coach

2018 Colts Coach

If you are looking to be part of a quality football program, with a focus on teaching and developing young players then we would like to hear from you. 

Level 1 accreditation required.

to register your interest, please e-mail president@westernmagpies.com.au

Other Vacancies:

Range of opportunities to be involved in a fantastic community footy club playing the QAFL.  If you want to be part of a great team, and embed yourself in the culture of a fantastic club - then please get in touch.

Various match day roles required to be filled.

Board Vacancy

The Sherwood Football Club Board would welcome nominations for the position of 'Events Director'. 

Key focus of this role is to plan, manage and execute a calendar of events for the 2018 season with a focus on community, member, player and sponsor engagement.

Further to this, the club celebrates 50 years of Senior Football in 2018 and the 10 year Reunion of the magnificent 2008 Senior Premiership.

If you would like to be involved in this key portfolio and work with fellow like minded board members focused on the on and off field success of the Sherwood Football Club, please register your interest my e-mailing president@westernmagpies.com.au

 

 

PLACE PREVIEW - BILL PEIRCE MEDAL WIDE OPEN

Andrew Thomson

The Bill Peirce Medal will be awarded again tonight in what promises to be a thrilling vote count, with a group of midfielders this year expected to fight it out.

The Western Magpies will host their Gala Event and Presentation Dinner tonight at the Sherwood DAFC clubrooms commencing at 7 pm.

The medal favourites look likely to come from the midfield group with Tom Ielasi, Gareth Crawford, Ben Jaenke-Cain and Drew Mitchell likely to poll well after consistent contributions throughout the year giving them all a chance to take out the coveted medal.  Others in the mix could be young ruckman Aaron Highlands who did a magnificent job for a youngster, playing every game and carrying the ruck load for most of the season and defender Harry Marshall who was a quality defender all season, often against larger opponents. Charlie Pershouse will gain votes in most of the matches he played but likely missed too many games to be in the final mix, the same would apply to the likes of Lachlan Saunders and Jack Goodall.

Skipper Mitchell was solid all season and tough on baller Crawford had a good year and finished the season off strongly. 2014 Bill Peirce Medallist Jaenke-Cain was his usual prolific ball winner and Ielasi was impressive with his clean ball handling skills and ability to link up in transition.

David Lewis is the unlucky one as he would most likely to have been leading the voting until he was injured in Round 9 – he was magnificent across half back in almost every match he played until injured prior to the mid-season break.