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Become a 2019 Auskick Volunteer!

Andrew Thomson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you are interested in becoming an Auskick Volunteer please contact - Cam Smith - camsmith.5@hotmail.com, 0459 475 817.

For more details about Auskick at Sherwood specifically click here



McCarthy Homes Milestone - "Doc Thompson OAM"

Andrew Thomson

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

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

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

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

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

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

A life of service….

Sherwood Football Club

  • Club Sponsor 2008-Present

  • Volunteer Club Doctor 2006-Present

  • Club Secretary 2007-2009 & 2013

  • Director 2007-2014

Tocumwal Bloods Football Club

  • 125 Year Anniversary Organising Committe 2015-16

  • Reserves Coach 1990-91

  • President 1983

  • Murray Football League Publicity Officer 1981-1993

  • Chairman of Selectors / Selection committee 1979-1991

  • Board Member 1979-1988

  • Club Secretary 1979-1982 & 1986-1988

  • Author - history of Tocumwal Football Club

West Brisbane Cricket Club

  • Queensland Sub Districts Cricket Association Delegate 2012-2017

  • Member - A-Grade Premiership 2009-10

  • Board Member 2007-2016

Tocumwal Cricket Club

  • Board Member 1979-1994

  • President 1979-1991

  • A Grade Captain - 6 Seasons

  • U/16 Coach - 7 seasons

  • Club Curator - 12 years

  • Author - history of Tocumwal Cricket Club

Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Junior Chairman 1980-1985

  • Executive Member 1979-1985

  • Junior Country Week Coach 1979-1984

  • Country Week Representative Player & Captain - 72 matches

Other (Sport)

  • Coach - Greta Cricket Club 2004-2005

  • President - Southern Riverina Cricket Council 1988-1994

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

  • Sports Convenor - Finley High School 1978-1993

Previous Awards & Recognition

  • Hall of Fame - Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Life Member - Sherwood Football Club

  • Life Member - Tocumwal Football Club

  • Life Member - Southern Riverina Cricket Council

  • Life Member - Murray Valley Cricket Association

  • Service Award - Murray Football League

  • Service Award - Southern Riverina Cricket Council

Medical

  • Director & Principle / GP - Bardon Rainworth Medical Centre

  • Visting Medical Officer - Regis Aged Care 2011-2016

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

  • Visiting Medical Officer - St Pauls Villa 2006-2016

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



McCarthy Homes - QAFL Fixture Review

Andrew Thomson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 AGM Report - Sherwood Districts Australian Football Club

Andrew Thomson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AGM Highlights

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

  • ~75% of senior list comprised of local juniors

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

  • Recruitment of Ryan Harwood and Claye Beams

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

  • Four QLD U/18 Representatives

  • NAIDOC Week Celebrations

  • Strong Junior registration and playing numbers

  • Growth in Auskick and Roys

  • Strong numbers U8-U11 Age Groups

  • Fielded 2 sides in U12/14/16s

  • 25+ juniors across all grades played representative football

  • 50th Year of Senior Football Celebrations

  • Launch of commemorative guernsey

  • Life Membership Inductions x 6

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

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

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

CFMG Capital - 2019 Pre-Season Update

Andrew Thomson

After a successful block of training in late 2018 at the Moorooka Roosters Footy Club, the traveling roadshow that is the Western Magpies 2019 Pre-Season has recommenced with Tuesday sessions held at Yeronga and Friday night sessions held at Kenmore Bears Juniors.

This arrangement remains in place until the ongoing works at McCarthy Homes Oval are completed and ready for handover to the club by the contractors.

Works still to be completed will be the installation of new fencing, new goalposts, new netting, new coaches boxes and hopefully the cherry on top will be a new electronic scoreboard.

Injured or players in rehab are encouraged to attend to seek treatment and advice from the club physio and strength & conditioning staff.

For further information on training times and locations for QAFL Seniors, Reserves, Colts and Woodsmen Football, please contact either of the following:

Club President: Andrew Thomson - president@westernmagpies.com.au -0403 066 382

QAFL Senior Coach: Brydan Morgan - 0423 861 361

Place Player Update - Goodall Signs on with Magpies

Andrew Thomson

Port Douglas product and former Redland Bomber, Jack Goodall put pen to paper before Christmas joining the Magpies as a permanent listed player for the 2019 Season.


Goodall moved down to Redland way back in 2012 to complete Year 12 as part of a footy scholarship program and was also a member of the Gold Coast Suns Academy. Suffering a freak ear injury and some ankle troubles in his early years hampered his progress, but Goodall has played some excellent footy at NEAFL level in both attack and defense, including earning a rising star nomination during the 2016 season for a best on ground performance vs NT Thunder.


Jack is a familiar face at the Magpies, having played regular senior football at McCarthy Homes Oval since 2014 and has been used in a variety of roles at the Magpies from key forward, key defence, ruck duties and even as a tall wingman. Now finding a permanent home in the black & white, he will also be looking to find a more permanent role after being a victim of both versatility and the stop start nature of bouncing between two clubs during a season.

An incredibly courageous player, with a strong work rate - he brings leadership, experience and a strong work ethic to our young group.

McCarthy Homes - 2019 Pre-Season Key Dates & Information

Andrew Thomson

Key Dates - 2019 Pre-Season

All interested players are invited to attend the 2019 Western Magpies Pre-Season information session and subsequent training. Past and present players encouraged to attend, as is any player from the wider Brisbane region looking to test themselves at QAFL and QAFL Colts level in 2019.

630PM - Monday 19 November - Information Session

Location: Sherwood Football Club, 41 Chelmer St East, Chelmer

  • Outline of pre-season, important dates & expectations

  • Introduction of coaching staff

  • Introduction of other club personnel

  • Introduction of club physio staff, strength & conditioning staff

  • Planning of individual fitness programs

600PM - Tuesday 27 November - 1st Training Session

Location: Alexander Park, Moorooka Football Club, 334 Beaudesert Road, Moorooka

This is the first footy session ahead of the 2019 season, please do your best to get some conditioning into your body to both prevent injury and so sessions are high intensity and valuable for the season ahead.

Training will be every Tuesday until the Christmas Break.

Due to the field upgrades at McCarthy Homes Oval (Sherwood Football Club), training will be at Moorooka until otherwise advised, but we expect to be back at home well in advance of the 2019 season commencement.

Coaching & Footy Department Vacancies

Andrew Thomson

It’s exciting times at the Western Magpies going into season 2019, with the senior side moving into their 3rd year under coach Brydan Morgan and showing huge improvement from a young list in 2017/18, the Reserves returning to finals again in 2018 after winning 8 of their final 9 games and the Colts delivering a Premiership after a runners up finish in 2017. Even the thirsty all 3rds managed a Grand Final appearance in 2018 - so the club is brimming with talent across the board.

If you’d like to be involved in a richly rewarding club environment where the high performance culture is balanced beautifully with a fantastic community feel, family friendly environment and a fantastic group of players looking to improve their footy every time they set foot on the track, then contact us via email president@westernmagpies.com.au or 0403 066 382

COACHING POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Senior Assistant & Line Coaches - QAFL Seniors

Coach - QAFL Reserves

Coach - QAFL Colts

Coach - QFA Division 4 (Woodsmen)

FOOTY DEPARTMENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE:

Senior Football Director/Manager

This can be a role that includes a position as a Director of the Sherwood Football Club Limited, with the primary portfolio of Senior Football, or can be a Football Manager role looking after Senior Footy and reporting into the Board of Directors. The decision will sit with the candidate in relation to these two options.

For details on the role email president@westernmagpies.com.au

Match Day & Training Volunteers

Many hands make light work, so if you’d like to be involved in football at the Magpies and be part of a fantastic team environment, put your hand up to be part of the Magpie Volunteer Army.

It could be on a weekly basis, or just one day or even one hour of the year. Help is always appreciated and recognised at the Magpies.

Water carrier, time keeper, property steward, selling raffle tickets, manning the BBQ, scoreboard operator, cleaner and so much more.

If you feel like getting involved, even just once a year - contact president@westernmagpies.com.au to register your interest



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Vale - Leslie Graeme Franzway

Andrew Thomson

It is with great sadness that the Sherwood Football Club acknowledges the passing of long time member, supporter and former player Leslie Franzway who died suddenly on October 12.

Les was a Windsor-Zillmere Junior who made the move to the local area to play his senior football with Sherwood after forming some friendships with many of his Sherwood opponents in his youth.

Les was a strong centre-half-forward with a great set of hands and a beautiful kick, playing many years of Senior football with the Magpies in the 1970’s. An unfortunate accident resulting in Les suffering serious burns saw him miss 2-3 years of football before again returning to play in the early 1980s.

Upon retirement from playing Les remained at the club in various volunteer administrative roles and formed part of the selection committee for many years.

Most recently, Les has been a regular at all Sherwood home games for the past decade, taking a very keen interest in the progress of his Magpies.

Past teammates, friends and members of the Sherwood Football Club community are are invited to attend a service for Leslie which will be held at The Church of The Twelve Apostles, 111 Yallambee Road, Jindalee on Wednesday, 24th October, 2018 commencing at 12noon.

PLACE PREVIEW - BILL PEIRCE MEDAL TO REWARD CONSISTENCY

Andrew Thomson

The Bill Peirce Medal will likely reward consistency this year, in what was a transitional year for the Magpies Senior side. A youthful 2017 team added some experienced recruits and new faces to the 2018 side as the game plan and team structure evolved.

The best & Fairest medal is named after club legend Bill Peirce, the clubs first Grogan Medallist, captain/coach for 2 years, captain for a further 6 years, dual Best & Fairest Winnder and 5 time Premiership Player. Billy is estimated to have played over 800 games representing Sherwood from U/7’s onwards and estimates he won well over 10 Premierships including many undefeated years in a dominant junior side. A he once put it, “I never actually retired, I eventually just stopped getting picked!”

Warm favourties would have to be Ryan Harwood, skipper Drew Mitchell, QAFL Rising Star winner Riley Easton and returning club junior Luca Winton. Four hugely contrasting players given where they came from in 2017.

Harwood in 2017 played 9 of his 81 Senior AFL games for the Brisbane Lions, Magpies skipper Drew Mitchell was the joint winner of the 2017 Bill Peirce Medal, Riley Easton was finding his feet again in QAFL Footy after a tough run with injury and Luca Winton played in a Kedron side who took the Wooden spoon in QFA Division 2 Footy!

Coming from such varied 2017 seasons, ranging from AFL footy to QFA Div 2 wooden spooners - these four were arguably the standouts for the Magpies in 2018. Harwood delivering on what was expected of a prized recruit, Mitchell again leading from the front in the midfield, Easton showing what everyone knew he had before injury struck and Winton the surprise packet as the returning Sherwood club junior cementing himself as one of the first picked each week in a break out season returning to his home club.

Winton in particular was the story of the year, strong pre-season training form and a great attitude demanded an opportunity in practice matches and he just went from strength to strength, arguably not having a bad game all year. Good judgment, clean handling below the knees and a willingess to leave his opponent to go third man up were features of his play.

Meanwhile, Easton slowly found his way early in the year as he worked his way back to full fitness and confidence in his body, before exploding later in the year to be a runaway winner of the QAFL Rising Star and a key player for the Magpies with his work around the ball and tackling pressure and absolute highlight for the Magpie faithful.

Magpie fans where obviously expecting big things from Harwood, and after taking a few weeks to pick up the different tempy of QAFL Footy he began to deliver with some absolute standout games despite getting plenty of close attention and zero protection from the men with the whistles. Also important was that Harwood embraced the club and the Magpies culture to be a hugely popular edition at ‘the Berg’.

Other dark horses in the mix could include David Lewis, while last years 3rd place getter Tom Ielasi likely cost himself a true shot at it due to a mid-season break. Both Jake De Winter and Anthony Corrie were strong up forward, but a comination of missed games through injury and suspension and some quiet weeks may see them competing for a Top 5 place. Kale Reed was consistent hitting the scoreboard, while Jack Goodall will likely suffer from playing too much NEAFL footy for Redlands.

It promises to be an exciting count and a great night celebrating 2018 with other key perpetual awards to be given including:

Joe Schaffert-Kevin Garner Memorial Trophy - Most Consistent

Russell Green Trophy - Coach of the Year

Barry ‘Phantom’ Johnstone - Senior Club Player of the Year

last but not least the prestigious BG Award