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Sponsorship Update – Doors Open with GGDS confirming Bronze Partnership

Andrew Thomson

Western Magpies AFC are pleased to announce an exciting new sponsorship arrangement with respected local business, Genuine Garage Door Solutions.

GGDS Manager Director, Josh Ormesher has generously confirmed an upgrade from the existing level of support from 2017 to help the club deliver on planned infrastructure upgrades and ongoing grassroots football programmes.

When Genuine Garage Door Solutions was first established, Ormesher made a firm commitment giving back to the local community in which his business operates and has year on year contributed 10% of all profits directly back into local community sporting clubs.

“I love the club and what it stands for. It’s a great family focused football club and the direction they’re heading is really exciting.”

“It’s an easy decision to get involved when you know the difference you can make,” said Ormesher.

The deal comes following recent positive sponsorship news for the Magpies with Place, McCarthy Homes, Kaplan, McCauliffe Painting, FitterFutures, SciFleet Toyota, Mack Trucks and Arabon Financial all pledging their support to the club for 2018.

“Sponsors are an integral component of our ability to provide a high quality community football experience for our members.”

People like Josh are absolutely gold and we look forward to a successful partnership,” said Andrew Thomson, Magpies President.

For all garage door installation, accessories and repairs please support our valued club sponsor Genuine Garage Door Solutions - or CALL Josh 0411 357 332. EMAIL

Unwell Young Magpie – Tom Laurence Appeal

Andrew Thomson

Thomas Laurence and his family need your help, generosity and kindness.

Thomas is an 11 year old boy and like all 11 year-old boys, he loves sport, his family and his friends. He was embracing with an enhanced sense of pride his last year at Sherwood Primary School being named house captain – recognition of his beautiful personality and emerging leadership skills. Starting the year with this honour and being an average active boy who loves his basketball and playing footy for the Sherwood Magpies, nothing made everyone who loves and knows him prouder, especially the sense of pride he has in himself. 


In February 2018, Tom was admitted to the emergency department of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital with symptoms of headache, pain behind his right eye, vomiting and extreme sleepiness. Young Tom and his family did not know what news was to come.A family’s worst nightmare. Scans revealed a malignant 5cm tumour in Tom’s brain.

Four surgeries later, a significant portion of the tumour has been removed. However, Tom now faces six weeks of challenging radiation and chemotherapy treatment. 
Thomas and his family including his older sister and two younger brothers need your support to help them through this most difficult of times. Those of us in the Sherwood/Graceville/Chelmer community have been through a lot since 2011 with the floods which also impacted the Laurence family.

2011 was a challenge we all overcame as a local community, banding together to help each other anyway we could. Now we are asking on behalf of the family that the wider community come together once more to help one of our own – a bright shining emerging star – so that he and his family can fight this the best way possible and help Thomas return to school and fulfil his final year as a leader at Sherwood Primary School. 

They require extra assistance for ongoing specialist treatment and subsequent care. Due to Tom’s condition, his parents Robbie and Kathy are spending much of their time at hospital and at present are unable to work. With three other children to also care for and support, their financial and emotional support system is being stretched, but with assistance from us all, we can help them get through this. 

Anything you can do, no matter how big or small, to support this beautiful family at this difficult time would be greatly appreciated. Help us to help them to ensure Thomas gets to kick more goals, shoot more hoops and finish primary school as a leader of his peers.

Thank you very much in advance for your generosity. Words cannot express the family’s appreciation of your kindness.



Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Coaches Update

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies have made a significant appointment to its coaching ranks with the appointment of Tom Corless to an Assistant-Coach position. Corless will look after the senior rotations on match day but his major role is as a development coach and player welfare manager.

Tom is actively spending time with individual players getting to know their background, personality and ambitions. He sees his role as helping players develop to be not only  the best footballers they can be but also to be simply good people. He will discuss goal setting for each player and in this process will also enhance each player's leadership development.

Corless is an experienced member of Queensland football, with over 200 matches as a player and over 300 matches as a coach under his belt. He brings a wealth of experience both as a coach but also in player development, all roles he has enjoyed at a number of Brisbane clubs. Commencing his playing career with Yeronga (then South Brisbane) in 1977 when he was 6 years old, Corless progressed to playing Seniors at Yeronga in 1998 as a 17 year old. He then joined Coorparoo full-time and played QAFL Seniors there from 1990-93. He was initially a midfielder at Yeronga but at Coorparoo played mostly in the backline before a late switch to the forward line. In the old jargon Corless was called a “utility”.

Corless played his 202 senior matches for Yeronga from 1988 to 2002, winning the club best and fairest award in 1994 and 2001. He coached his beloved Devils for a total of 10 seasons, the first in 1997-99 as a playing-coach and then for a stint of 7 years from 2002-2008, with 2002 his last year of playing before taking on a non-playing coach’s role. Not yet finished, he then took on the mantle of coaching coordinator for a further 2 years in 2009-10.  He coached Yeronga to AFL South QLD Division 1 premierships in 2006 and 2007.

As if being a senior coach of a football club wasn’t enough, he also worked in an the AFL Development program and coached across  Under 14s, 16s and 18s at the Western Taipans for 6 years from 2000-2005.

After he had finished coaching at Yeronga, in 2011 Tom put his hand up to coach Kenmore, which had finished last the previous year. He helped lift them in his first year then took the Bears to a preliminary final in his second season in charge.

Corless has a track record of embracing a challenge most recently i in 2015 he was coaxed into coaching Beenleigh, which had  finished 2014 with just one win.  Beenleigh  hada tough year the previous season and were going through merger talks at the time. In the second season they won 9 out of their our last 11 games to play finals and move up a division. Tom obviously has the ability to connect with players and lift them to higher levels. As he said when he took on the Beenleigh job: ‘I’m not here to recruit. I’m here to educate the players we’ve already got. If a player who fits the mould comes up, then that’s good. Coaching is about guiding, teaching and mentoring.”

In 2017 he decided to get back into a higher level of football and joined Sandgate as a Senior Assistant Coach (senior midfield) and also stepped into the role of Reserves Coach. 

He has joined the Western Magpies as the Pies are a bit closer to home and he is  excited what he sees building at the Magpies--a young team with a few hard heads is just what he sees as the foundation of a strong club ready to take the next step in the top level of the AFLQ.

To say Tom is a “football man”  is an understatement and his vast experience in playing, coaching and in a development role will be invaluable for the Pies who have a young list that will benefit from Tom’s guidance and football nous.

The following was posted on the AFLQ website when he took on the Beenleigh coaching position. It is a philosophy that will also apply to the Western Magpies and with Tom on board the pies have a strong addition to their coaching ranks.

Posted on AFLQ Website on Tuesday, 16th December, 2014

New Beenleigh coach, Tom Corless, says he is a problem solver and it is that mentality upon which he will approach the Buffaloes’ 2015 season.

Corless, who has previously coached at Yeronga, Kenmore and regional talent teams, said there would be some key problems to solve from day one.

“District football coaching is all about problem solving,” he said.

“Why do players keep on moving, how do we solve that? How do we attract players to the club and how do we get more juniors to play through to seniors.”

“I want players wanting to play for Beenleigh and provide them with a good training program.”

With a number of other football clubs nearby, Corless said it was imperative to strengthen the retention of players at Beenleigh.

“If we do it properly, we should have kids who want to play and more senior players who want to play for us,” he said.

“We really want to nurture the kids in our own backyard.”

Corless said he would be handing a lot of ownership to the players as the young group prepares for 2015.

“’if they sit back and take a “poor me” attitude and don’t want to solve problems (that won’t work),”he said.

“We’ve got to create an atmosphere where we’re doing things for the right reasons and be accountable…and it’s pretty simple.

“We want a plying group that knows what it’s about.”

Place Pre-Season Update - Pies hit the track with new recruits

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies have recruited well in the off-season with several new players joining the club and also have welcomed the return of a number of key former players. 

To date, the prize recruit has been former Brisbane Lion, Ryan Harwood with his 81 matches of AFL experience expected to add midfield grunt and composure to the Magpies midfield.

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Other new players to join the club include:

Dylan Adkins (Redland NEAFL), a 198cm ruck/key position who will add height and mobility to the Pies big man department. The 21 year old Adkins has been training the house down after crossing from Redland where he played in the ruck and at fullback.

Jono Macanawai (UQ AFC), 21 yo,  a classy midfielder from UQ where he won the Red Lions Best and Fairest last year. At 180cm, he is a hard working and skilful midfielder who can also push forward and will add to the Pies midfield brigade.

Luke Brennan (UQ AFC), 21 year old left footed winger or running half back who can take a solid mark. He had an injury interrupted season last year and is keen to have a full season and test himself out at QAFL level. 

Lucas Jackson (Griffith Moorooka AFC), 21 yo 194cm utility who is somewhat of an unknown addition having spent the previous 2 seasons impressing with Griffith Moorooka, is now ready to step up and challenge himself at the QAFL level. So far Jackson has been like a sponge on the track learning plenty of new tools from the likes of Corrie, Adkins, Moore and Highlands. Jackson adds another big marking, mobile tall to the Magpies list and is one to keep an eye on.  

Lochlan McDonald joins from the Woodsmen where he impressed on a wing and across half back with his run and carry, and after playing 3 seasons with the Woodsmen he has been encouraged to push for higher honours. He regularly impressed for the Woodsmen and also in several Reserves matches last year and will be striving for a senior spot in 2018.

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Past players returning include ex-AFL player and club leading goalkicker Anthony Corrie who re-joins after a successful playing and coaching stint at Kenmore. Corrie’s experience and footy smarts will be a valuable asset to the Pies and he will also be called upon to act in a mentoring role with many of the youngsters at the club both in the senior squad and throughout youth football. With a number of last year’s Colts grand final team stepping up, Corrie’s teaching and advice will be used to fast track these players into regular senior football. Two of the Colts who have stood out in the pre-season are half back Tristan Dowdy and winger Sam Hartog, both of whom showed promise last year when called up the the Reserves.

Recent club captains Gerard Moore and Lachlan Woods have been training strongly and Moore will provide a strong marking forward target, something the Pies lacked last year. He will demand a quality defender and his ability to mark or bring the ball to ground will be a big asset for the Pies, along with his famously strong work-rate. 

Moore returns after 3 years with the Woodsmen, including the 2017 Best & Fairest which saw his Woodsmen teammates encourage him back into senior football. 

Woods is expected to return after a year with the Woodsmen due to work commitments and his strong body and fierce attack on the football will add to the Pies midfield brigade. Dynamic small forward Kale Reed also returns from Kenmore and his efficiency around goals will give the Pies another scoring option.

All returning players add to the playing strength at the club, however just as importantly have been significant drivers of the culture at the Pies in past years. 

Coach Brydan Morgan highlighted Brady Allen, Aaron Highlands, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Dylan Adkins and Anthony Corrie as players who have stood out in the pre-season with their attitude and effort, showing the way for their clubmates.

Allen in particular has been fantastic and he could be in for a break-out season—all at the Pies know that he is capable of breaking a game open and 2018 may be the year he takes the next step to be an elite player at QAFL level, after recovering from an ACL injury through 2017. Aaron Highlands had a suberb debut season last year and for a youngster he showed great maturity and toughness in shouldering the Pies’ ruck load last year. With Adkins to share the load he will be even more of an impact player in 2018. Adkins and Corrie have led by example on the track and Jaenke-Cain has also had a terrific pre-season to date. 

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Virtual recruits are key defender David Lewis, who missed a large part of last season with a knee injury and utility Aaron Maricic, who also missed the latter half of the season with injury.

Captain Drew Mitchell also looks fit and with co-Bill Peirce Medallist Gareth Crawford will again a key component of the engine room for the Pies. B & F Runner-Up Tom Ielasi is also back on the track as is dual Peirce Medallist Val Pope after an overseas trip and with Matt Davis, Luke Mitchell, Brenton Saunders & Harry Marshall, the Pies have the nucleus of a strong side that will challenge for a finals berth in 2018. Youngsters in the Easton brothers—Brodie and Riley— and Lachie Dennis all stepped up last year and will be expected to be stronger in 2018.

The Pies are also hopeful of a couple of ex-players in Alex Dickfos (expected back from the UK) and Alex Kitching returning to the fold at some stage but are still in discussion for their return, along with some other exciting prospects.

On the debit side the Pies lose Charlie Pershouse to UQ—he is travelling in the latter half of the year and wishes to play some football with his brother, Caleb Franks to Queensland under 18s, Billy Johnson who is listed as a Lions NEAFL top up player, and Sam Copland to try his stuff at Redlands.

Coach Brydan Morgan’s thoughts

We have taken training intensity up a few notches, and we needed to to be competitive in 2018. We actively recruited in some key areas from a positional point of view and also looked to increase our average age within our best 22.  This will have a big impact on our on field leadership and assist the more inexperienced players that played senior football in 2017 to develop and grow their game alongside some more experienced players. 

Training has been first class and all players and coaches have committed to the next progression within our game plan for 2018. 

We are in good position to have a successful 2018 season but as the players know we have lots of work ahead of us. 

Anytime Fitness Colts Update - "Special K" backs up as Assistant Coach

Andrew Thomson

Long time footy head, Kiran ‘Special K’ Verma is back again for season 2018, this time as Senior Assistant Coach for the Colts.

Kiran has been in around the Western Magpies club since 2008, playing 130+ games for the Woodsmen (missing only 4 matches in 10 seasons!) as well as regularly backing up on Saturday’s for the Reserves, with over 40 games since 2013 alone.  He also had a stint in the U/18s many moons ago, but pursued other interests until returning in 2008. As a result, he has likely played 200+ games for the Western Magpies/Woodsmen.



Anyone that has encountered him around the club will know he will ‘talk footy’ to you for hours on end at every opportunity, and has often had former coaches and committees tearing their hair out with 5 phone calls about tactics and selection on the morning of a game!  Having played in 2 Premierships for the Woodsmen, he has also been involved off the field as an informal team manager, training coordinator and fundraiser.

He first dipped his toe in the water with coaching/running in 2017 under the guidance of Premiership teammates Reid Dobson and Brett McEvoy with the grand finalist QAFL Colts team and was instantly "bitten by the coaching bug".  As an experienced older head, Kiran is ideally suited to assist his Woodies teammate Jake Fuentes with the Colts in 2018 after he switched from a successful stint as U/16 Div 1 coach.  Excellent in motivating and relating to young players of that age group, he will be an excellent asset to the Colts footy program.

He will also pull on the boots again for plenty of footy and much to the amusement of teammates, coaches and opposition alike – has long regarded himself as ‘the best kick in the league’ in the competitive Friday night environment.  However, without a sarcastic tone in sight, Reid Dobson, Colts Coach in 2017 did refer to him with a straight face as ‘the best runner in the league’ – a strong endorsement for his work with the 2017 Colts team from a man not guilty of dishing out too much praise over the years!


McCarthy Homes Oval Update – Magpies appoint Head Curator

Andrew Thomson

With recent works having McCarthy Homes oval looking in top shape for the season ahead, the club is now pleased to formally announce William Pearce as the Head Curator for McCarthy Homes Oval.

This is a significant appointment for the club, as the field has been a constant battle for our committed army of volunteers and the tireless efforts of Facilities Director Chris Dennis in securing grants and funding for upgrades and maintenance.

With an industry recognised expert in place, the Magpies are now in a strong position to ensure every investment in the field is spent diligently and with clear purpose based on the advice and research from a highly regarded turf health specialist.

A qualified Agronomist, Will has held an interest in Turf since he first took Agricultural Science as a subject in Year 9.  As a result, he tailored his learning from that point on to set himself up for a career in a field he is passionate about.  After completing Year 12 he studied a Bachelor Degree in Ag Science majoring in Plant and Soils, where in the final 2 years of his course he further specialised in turf grass science and turf health.  During this time, he also worked as a field assistant for the QLD Government in turf research, underlining his commitment and passion to his chosen career.

Will graduated with Honours and after working in the field for 2-3 years he landed at his current ‘dream role’ with Sports Turf Research International (STRI) where he hass worked on numerous research projects covering a wide array of aspects within the warm season turf industry. Some of these include genotype selections, screening turfgrass cultivars to various environmental and sports field stresses, turf breeding, and using turf as an erosion and sediment control measure.

Other research projects have looked at improving the management practices on turf production farms to reduce water usage, associated nutrient run-off and leaching. Will has also utilised satellite imagery to assess turfgrass area coverage in Australian capital cities.

As a recognised expert in sports turf, Will has spent time in the UK and throughout South East Asia acting as a consultant to Wimbledon, FIFA, Premier League Clubs, Bundesliga Clubs and other major sporting organisations to assist in pitch preparation and turf grass health.

Will is local to the Chelmer/Graceville area, loves a beer down at the club and has represented the Woodsmen/Western Magpies with distinction in past seasons before he suffered an ACL injury on a dodgy field, just another reason for him to be passionate about field quality and turf health!  As an added bonus, the club Best & Fairest Medal is already named after him before he starts, sharing his name of course with club legend Billy Peirce!

More information about Will can be found here:

If you would like to get involved in assisting the volunteers on the preparation and maintenance of McCarthy Homes Oval, please get in touch with Will Pearce – Head Curator -, 0407 779 161.



Coopers Coaching Update - Des Lashman to coach Reserves

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies AFC are pleased to announce the appointment of Des Lashman as the club's Reserves coach for 2018.



Des has a long and illustrious pedigree at the Magpies and as well as being a 6 time Senior Premiership player at Sherwood, he was the Western Magpies inaugural senior coach in 1999 and coached the club's Under 18s from 2008 to 2011, winning a QAFL Division One Colts Premiership in 2010.

Western Magpies AFC President Andrew Thomson said, “It is great to have Des on board to coach our Reserves team in 2018.

Des has an outstanding record as a coach who can develop players and he is the ideal coach to re-build the Reserves list and continue to develop young players into senior footballers.

Anyone who knows Des, knows he's a champion bloke and his down to earth nature allows him to relate very well with players of all ages and he has in the past developed strong rapport with his players. He is a Magpie man through and through and will work well with the Senior coaching group led by Brydan Morgan". 



 Below is a story on Des Lashman from 2012


Current Under 18 Assistant Coach Des Lashman played in 6 of Sherwood's 8 flags from 1977 to 1982  after joining the club from Inala Greens as a 15 year old in 1975 and playing in 2 Under 17 premierships in 1975-76 before being promoted the the First Grade as a 6 foot (182 cm) ruckman in 1977.

Des represented Queensland Schoolboys in 1973 and was enticed to Sherwood by Blair Spence , then the Registrar for the club. Des never left!!

He not only played in 8 flags in a row but has been an integral part of the club for the past 39 years and has served as Assistant coach, Reserves coach and Under 18 coach, coaching the U18s to the First Division Premiership over Redland in 2010 after a devastating 1 point loss to undefeated Morningside in 2009.

Des learnt his football surprisingly in Sydney at Holdsworthy Army Base-his father was a South Australian and in the Army so it was natural Des would learn to play footy with the red ball. The Army brought the family to Brisbane and Des has stayed ever since.

Des says that he played with many great players as you do if you play in 6 premierships in a row.

He rates centreman Greg Butler as one of the best players he played with and says  the likes of Greg Adams, Rocko Stewart and ruck partner Graeme Honour as among the better players and it was these players who supported Des as a young player. He says they engendered a great belief in the side and never say die attitude which won many games and indeed premierships when all seemed lost.

Other top liners according to Des who gave their all were CHB Denis Hogan, Dave Greer , Bruce O'Neill and Romas Jackavicius.

In many clubs players who win one premiership are lauded and held in high esteem- Des Lashman played in 6 premierships in a row as well as being a successful coach at the club--a true legend of the Sherwood and Western Magpies Football Clubs. 

This was acknowledged with Des being awarded Life Membership of the club in 2012


Mc Carthy Homes - Club Update

Andrew Thomson


Long serving Board member Andrew Thomson will continue to lead the Sherwood DAFC in 2018 after assuming the reins 3 months ago with the resignation of then club President Mark Blackberry. In a seamless transition, Thomson assumed the President’s role when Blackberry found his business commitments precluded him from doing what he considered to be the necessary functions of a club President.

Blackberry will still play an important role for the Magpies in a fundraising and mentoring capacity. Thomson has already negotiated a significant naming rights sponsor for the club (McCarthy Homes) and his experience will be valuable in guiding the Magpies in coming seasons.

The club’s recent AGM also saw the addition of some new faces and a couple of exits.  However the board remains full of football and business experience and the strongest financial position the club now finds itself in for decades is due in large part to the efforts of the outgoing Board, most of whom will resume in the same roles in 2018. Scott Matthews stepped down from his role as Director--Junior Football, while ex-club junior Mitchell Merritt returns from Griffith Moorooka in the new portfolio of Director, Partnerships & Engagement.

The New club Board is as follows:

President and Senior Football: Andrew Thomson

Vice President—Junior Football: Adam Edwards

Director-- Finance: Martin Sinfield

Director—Infrastructure and Facilities: Chris Dennis

Director—Governance and Company Secretary: Gabe McKinnon

Director—Partnerships & Engagement: Mitchell Merritt

Director-Football: TBA

Director—Social and Events: TBA

The club is negotiating the Director of Football role but in the interim previous club coach Paul Grentell with act as Football Adviser with Damian Sonderlund as his assistant. The club is still seeking additional volunteers including a Director –Social and Events – and with the club to celebrate 50 years of senior football and the 20th year of the Western Magpies in 2018 this will be a vital role throughout the season. 

Summary of  Senior and Junior Football, Off-field Highlights and future outlook for 2018 below.

Senior highlights

  • Signed new coach Brydan Morgan
  • After turnover of 14-16 senior players at the end of 2016 the club was in the hunt for finals until penultimate round
  • Key new signings for 2018 Season in Harwood, Corrie, Adkins, Saunders + player retention
  • 10+ debutants in 2017 Season
  • Colts Minor Premiers & Grand Finalists
  • Reid Dobson and Jake Fuentes the next generation of coaches
  • Supplied 6+ ex Magpies to NEAFL and VFL lists
  • Tom Ielasi & Dave Lewis represented QAFL vs WAAFL
  • Charlie Pershouse & Aaron Highlands Rising Star Nominations
  • Jake De Winter Round 2 Syd Guildford Nomination
  • Drew Mitchell & Gareth Crawford win Bill Peirce Medal
  • Woodsmen reached Preliminary Final
  • 100+ registered senior players

Junior highlights

  • Experienced and successful Junior Committee lead by Scott Matthews. The Board thanks Scott for his dedication to the club over his two year tenure as Junior President.
  • Strong registration numbers up 7% on prior year
  • Team Successes:
  • U16 Black - Division 1 minor premiers and finalists
    • U12 – Division 2 finalists


Individual Awards:

    • Tom Morgan U12 League Best & Fairest Winner
    • Sean Ryan 3rd place U16 League Best & Fairest
  • Western Magpies Academy successful second year with strong numbers

Off-field highlights

  • Installation of club Honour Boards – thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr. Greg Thompson
  • Election of new life members in Chris Dennis, Reid Dobson, Brian Miller and Val Pope
  • Delivered on facility improvements:
    • Secured funding for full ground refurbishment
    • Secured funding and work commenced to convert old home change rooms to players gym

Delivered on Corporate Partnerships

    • Secured new naming rights sponsor for 2018
    • Increased corporate partnerships in both number and financial commitment

Implementation of “One Club” Strategy

    • Reconstitution of Board of Directors (Junior, Senior and Woodsmen representation)
    • Senior player participation with Junior teams
    • Western Magpies Summer Coaching Academy
    • Player Development Pathwa
    • Review of communications 

Financial Outlook

With the continuing support of volunteers, sponsors and supporters, the Board are confident that the club is well placed financially leading in to the 2018 season:

  • New revenue streams are expected to bear further fruit, with Cross Fit Disposition, Step into Life and AFL9s expected to contribute notable returns. 
  • Corporate sponsorships are off to a strong start, with a new naming rights sponsor and other new partners resulting in the club being in a healthy financial position. 
  • Additional funding has been committed to the football department to help strengthen the senior squad. 
  • The Queensland Labor Government has committed $150k to fund oval works at the end of the 2018 season.  This will enable the playing surface to be levelled and improved to a standard that will enable the Club to play home finals and bid for junior finals. 

To get involved and support the club in an off field role, please contact President - Andrew Thomson on 0403 066 382. 

Welcome to McCarthy Homes Oval

Andrew Thomson

Magpies confirm McCarthy Homes as Major Sponsor until 2020

As the Western Magpies QAFL squad embark on their final training run for 2017 this evening, they will also be having their first outing at the newly named McCarthy Homes Oval, after the club announced a new three year partnership with the proudly Brisbane based and family owned custom home builder.

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Looking ahead to 2018, its an exciting time at McCarthy Homes Oval with solid turnouts on the training track for the QAFL Squad, some key player and coach signings as well key appointments being made to bolster the Sherwood Magpies Junior Football program.

Club President Andrew Thomson was excited at the strong values alignment between the Magpies and McCarthy Homes.

“I was really excited when I first spoke with McCarthy Homes about the possibility of coming on board as a key community partner, as I’ve worked in the development game for close to 15 years now and in that time I’ve had some dealings with their business and their brand that have been nothing but positive," commented Thomson. 

"As a longstanding and privately owned home builder, they are certainly at the top of their game in that space and local residents in the area would no doubt already have seen a number of their beautiful custom designed homes popping up in the Indooroopilly to Oxley corridor,” said Thomson. 

Nick O’Sullivan, Director of McCarthy Homes said, “We’ve been building homes in the Chelmer, Graceville and Sherwood area fairly consistently in the last few years and as a result, we have committed to building a new display home in on the corner of Oxley Road and Borden St in Sherwood,  due for completion in Spring 2018.  As part of our commitment to the area, we wanted to involve ourselves in the community and as a result we decided to get in touch with the premier community facility in the area, being the Sherwood Football Club.  The club was extremely professional and pro-active to deal with and we are delighted to sign on as the naming rights partner for an initial 3 year term.”

Thomson added, “After initial discussions it became obvious that our organisations would have clear alignment in terms of basic community values, open communication and being leading organisations in our respective fields – so I knew pretty early on we would be able to secure a strong partnership. Getting them on board for a three year partnership as the naming rights sponsor was a substantial bonus for us as a club and really shows the commitment to the area McCarthy will have. It certainly didn’t hurt that their corporate colours are black and white either!”

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The Sherwood Football Club, incorporating the Western Magpies and Sherwood Juniors welcomes McCarthy Homes to the Magpie family and look forward to a long standing and mutually beneficial partnership.

McCarthy Homes has been building and designing elegant custom homes in Queensland for over twenty years. With a premium product on offer, they’re renowned for their superior quality, high-end inclusions, and unique architecturally designed homes. Providing complete customisation and the ability to design for difficult blocks or knockdown rebuilds, has further cemented their position in the industry.

For more information on McCarthy Homes, visit

For further information regarding sponsorship please contact Director of Commercial & Engagement, Mitchell Merritt on 0488 035 022. 

Place Player Update – Redlands Duo Sign on

Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Junior and 2012 Senior premiership player, Brenton Saunders will return to McCarthy Homes Oval in 2018 after a number of seasons in the NEAFL with Redlands. Saunders will also be joined by Redland Bombers teammate, Dylan Adkins, who has also signed on for season 2018.

 (L-R) Dylan Adkins and Brenton Saunders

(L-R) Dylan Adkins and Brenton Saunders

Saunders played his junior football for the Magpies and won the Maurie McNamee medal for Best and Fairest in the Colts in 2011. Following Colts, Saunders graduated to Senior football in 2012 and played in the Magpies emphatic premiership win over PBC in 2012 as a dynamic small forward.

Saunders then joined Mt Gravatt to try his hand in the NEAFL. When the Vultures dropped out of the NEAFL in 2015 he joined Redlands and remained playing in the NEAFL. However, when not selected to play for Redlands, Saunders has served as an important member of the Pies forward make-up in the QAFL. Now as a regular Magpies member,  it will be exciting for the club to see him lace up in the black and white week in and week out. 

It will also be exciting to see his team mate from Redlands - Dylan Adkins also wearing the black and white in 2018. Adkins who only took up the game in his late teens – will bring to the club not only size and aggression with his 199cm frame but also elite endurance. Dylan spent most of his youth as an elite middle distance runner - running a sub 2min 800m time, as well as being part of the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS)  for Volleyball.  After spending a few seasons with Redlands as a tall utility, he will be able to develop his game further in 2018 in a more permanent role in the ruck. 

The arrival of Adkins will allow for the talented Aaron Highlands to play a key defensive role after his standout 2017, where he largely shouldered the ruck duties in a season that delivered him a Top 5 in the B&F and the coveted BG Award.

Adkins, a recent QUT finance graduate, was attracted to the Magpies over other clubs due to the holistic approach to player and personal development. The ability to open doors for players professional and personal development is a key pillar in the Western Magpies culture, and its important to distinguish that it’s not just a ‘jobs for the boys’ mentality, rather a focus on giving players opportunities to those who want to work hard and its up to each individual to then seize their opportunity.

"Since joining the Magpies I have been made to feel very welcome and supported by all of the boys. There's no ego's at this football club and aside from some creative comparisons from Lachlan Woods regarding my haircut to Wilson on Castaway, the transition has been very warm which has helped me to focus on enjoying football. 

"I also want it to be known that I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities afforded to me by Redlands, especially coming from a Volleyball background it was quite surreal to be training and playing with and against talented players with elite AFL experience."

"That said, I do feel that I've made the right decision signing with the Western Magpies, where I can continue to develop my football knowledge at the QAFL level. It was also pretty attractive to get involved given the club's holistic approach to player development. Early days but the vibe on that track has been very positive with everyone putting in the work to set us up to be competitive in 2018," said Adkins.  

Saunders key rationale for returning to the club was around getting back to his black & white origins and wanting to be a significant contributor in the growth of the club. 

"Having been involved in the club part-time over the last two seasons, I've seen that the club making some great moves on and off field that should give us the best possible change of future success. Since I've been back on the track, I've been very impressed with the attitudes of all the boys, everyone just wants to soak up as much information as possible and get better which is creating a great football environment," said Saunders.   

Senior Coach Brydan Morgan was pleased to secure the services of both Adkins and Saunders, who bring  an exciting mix of talent to McCarthy Homes Oval. 

"Both these blokes will bring plenty to the team in 2018,” Morgan said following training on Saturday morning.

"Saunders is no stranger to Magpie faithful of course. Not just from his Premiership exploits in 2012, but also in some of the glimpses he showed in 2017 including his seven goal outing against Surfers.That kind of score power is important to any team," Morgan added

"It’s no secret we were fairly undersized in 2017. To bring Dylan on board is very important for our overall structure," he said.

Saunders and Atkins add to the impressive list of recruits for the club, which has created a lot of excitement and optimism for the club in 2018.

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