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Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies face another challenge when they host Morningside in a big day of football at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday.

Morningside tipped the QAFL season on its head with a huge victory over the previously undefeated Mt Gravatt last week and now sit in sixth place, one win behind the fourth placed Pies.  While the win was probably not unexpected by close observers, the margin certainly was.

The Magpies welcome back Brodie Easton after being unavailable last week due to exams, Logan Murray in for his first senior game of 2018 after two solid return games in the Reserves and in exciting news, former Captain - Lachlan Woods returns to the senior side for the first time since 2016 after after a year off in 2017 and excellent reserves form early in 2018 set him up for Senior football before a 5 week injury intervention.  Woods will offer a hard edge to the Magpies side and exudes natural leadership.

Out are Billy Johnson back to Lions NEAFL duties, lively forward Kale Reed is unavailable and Lachie Dennis returns to the Reserves after a late call-up last week.

This is an old fashioned "Match of the Day'" with both teams in good form and only 4 points separating the teams on the ladder.

The Panthers have been somewhat of  an achilles heel for the Pies over the past few years with veteran key forward Kent Abey proving a handful and his likely opponent is Stephen Mills who did a great job on another big forward last week. Luca Winton and David Lewis have been superb in recent weeks and complement each other to deflect opposition attacks and will provide support for Mills. Brady Allen has also slotted into the key defensive role in recent weeks.

The visitors have had a few key players drift back into the side in the past few weeks and after a slow start to the season hit their straps last week.

The Magpies will need to be on song from the first bounce and play four quarters of football but they are a tough outfit as proved last week.

Jono Macanawai, Ryan Harwood and Drew Mitchell have been the grit in the midfield for the Pies and do a lot of unseen heavy work in the clinches and this has been an area of major improvement for the Pies this season. Aaron Maricic provides classy use of the football from a wing and Luke Mitchell has also been solid across half back.

Jake De Winter was kept goalless last week and he will be itching to make a mark --no pun intended-- on this match and Anthony Corrie will cop plenty of attention which may open up options for other goal scoring avenues. 

This shapes as a classic match and with a big day of football deserves to be played in front of a big home crowd at McCarthy Homes Oval.

QAFL Round 10: Western Magpies v Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday June 23rd at 2 pm.

B:  Will Fletcher   Luca Winton  Logan Murray

HB: David Lewis (vc) Stephen Mills  Brenton Saunders

C:  Luke Mitchell  Ben Jaenke-Cain Aaron Maricic

HF:  Jake De Winter  Aaron Highlands  Matthew Davis

F: Brady Allen  Anthony Corrie  Riley Easton

Foll:  Jack Austin Drew Mitchell (Capt) Ryan Harwood

I/C: Liam Dwyer, Jono Macanawai, Lachlan Woods, Brodie Easton


In: Lachlan Woods, Brodie Easton, Logan Murray

Out: Billy Johnson (Brisbane Lions NEAFL), Kale Reed (wedding), Lachie Dennis (Reserves)

Cross Fit Disposition - Reserves Round 10 Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Reserves have again experienced several changess for a must win match against the fourth placed Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday.

The Pies welcome back Rory Johnson from injury, Sean Mewing from illness and Lachie Dennis is back from the Seniors after a late call-up last week (Ironically to replace the ill Mewing!)

Logan Murray has been elevated to the Senior side and they lose Val Pope overseas again for work and also Gabe McKinnon and Kurt Vine with work commitments.

The Pies will miss Murray in the hustle and bustle department and the Pies midfield looks strong with Nathan Congram playing consistent football in the ruck and Sam DeNys another good player this season while Lachie Dennis will look to work on his game to earn a recall to the Senior side.

Chris Hunt and Zach Collison were good last week and with Mewing back into the side the half back line looks very solid. 

Up forward Gerard Moore and Jeremy DeRooy provide the big marking targets and Sam Parker, Rory Johnson and Sempatike Kwizera the ground level bustle.

Coach Des Lashman will expect his side to be ferocious at the contest from the first bounce after last weeks second half capitulation and the Pies need the win to get their season back on track against a team that will also be fighting for a finals berth.

QAFL Round 10: Western Magpies Reserves v Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday June 23rd  at 11.30 am.

B: Sam Hartog  Harry Marshall Tristan Dowdy

HB: Zach Collison  Chris Hunt  Sean Mewing (Capt)

C: Sean McEvoy (vc)  Lachie Dennis  Peter Kilroy

HF: Matt Mazarolle Gerard Moore  Finn Collison

F:  Sam Parker  Jeremy DeRooy  Sempatike Kwizera

Rucks: Nathan Congram Angus Wyllie  Sam DeNys

I/C:   Alec Parsons, Rory Johnson, Ethan Sivijs, Monty Vine  



Arabon - Colts Match Preview

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts will start a big day of football proceedings against Morningside when they meet the 2017 QAFL Colts Premiers at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday morning.

If you are looking for some early morning footy action it is well worth a look to see the Pies Colts in action as they are playing an exciting brand of football and there are a few players with exceptional skills running around.

Morningside are in sixth position on the ladder which is uncharted territory for the usually very successful Panthers at this level and they have struggled this season.

The Magpies will start favourites but any laxity and the visitors will pounce as this would be one of the matches they will have penciled in for a big effort.

Led by midfield workhorse Jacob Sheath and with excitement machines in Bruce Reville, Sam Mehari, Chris Jenkins, Deng Arok and Sean Ryan,  the Pies have plenty of pace and skill in the midfield and across half forward.

Cameron Ferguson was on fire up forward last match with 5 goals and Jayden Johnson also knows how to find the goals so the Pies have some goalkicking options up front.

Down back Chris Moloney,  Aiden D’Roza and Whitlam Bishop have marshalled a strong defensive unit.

The Pies look strong all over the ground and will be keen to defeat their great rivals and consolidate in the top two on the ladder.

QAFL Round 10: Western Magpies Colts v Morningside at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer on Saturday, June 23rd  at 9.30am

B:    Aiden D’Roza  Chris Moloney  Charlie Thorpe          

HB:  Chris Jenkins (vc)  Whitlam Bishop (vc)  Bruce Reville

C:  Ritti Batilimoyo  Jacob Sheath  Jacob Aurich  

HF:  Sean Ryan  Cameron Ferguson Zane Lovell

F:  Sam Mehari  Harrison Radcliffe  Noah Resuggan (Capt)  

Foll: Harry Keena Deng Arok  Dan Edwards  

I/C:   Jayden Johnson, Mitchell O’Dea, Tom Slatter,  Cooper Crowell

Coopers - Woodsmen Round 11 Match Preview

Andrew Thomson

The Woodies take on Morningside in a 4:45pm 'blockbuster' at McCarthy Homes Oval this Saturday night, but despite the occasion they will have to do it without a raft of key player as the switch to a Saturday game possibly backfired on the boys as a long list of players declared themselves unavailable during the week.

Despite this, the Woodies are showing particularly strong depth this year and will still field a strong looking lineup.

A very different looking side took on Morningside back in Round 1 and snuck home for a 5 point victory, and while the Woodies sit in 2nd spot on % and the Panthers sit in 6th places with 4 wins and 5 losses - its an even competition this year as the Round 1 result certainly showed.

Down back the Woodies look particularly strong as usual with chris La Burniy, Jamie Page and Josh Young on the full-back line, while Nick Kelly, Scotty Matthews and the 'Minister of Defence' himself, David Jackson will patrol the half back line.

On the wings the Woodies will have a mixture of speed, youth and experience with Thomas on one wing and 'Special K' on the other, while ball magnet and clearance machine Chris Judson will be in his customary spot in the centre.

On the half forwardline the Magpies will be potent with Matt Hockley in hot form with 30+ goals in his last 6 matches at Centre Half Forward.  The flanks will be filled by the consistent Chris Davis and the hard working Tommy Roderick, who are both likely to have spells on the ball as well.

Deep forward is Jason Evans coming out the square with his hard leading and strong hands, while Chris Mihalopoulos will again be looking to regain some form in the pocket after a very lean year.  In the other pocket is the livewire 'Irish' Sammy Banim who can find the goals from anywhere and has a wicked turn of speed - certainly one to watch!

The on-ball division will be lead by Andrew Thomson in the ruck, and with regular onballers in Curtis, Lloyd, Hocking etc all unavailable, Kurt Vine in his Woodies debut will start on the middle with Woodies regular Ben Ness who has been in solid form in recent weeks.

A well balanced bench compliments the starting side with Matty Prior offering defensive respite and Mitch Merritt a small forward option who can pinch hit in the middle. Dylan Mudge is the ultimate utility who can lock down on the right attacking opponent or push forward with his clean skills and footy nous to cause headaches for the opposition, while Adam Pedler will give Thomson a welcome chopout in the ruck and also offers a tall option in defence.

It should be a cracking evening of footy and Magpie fans are encouraged to stick around after the QAFL Seniors match to support the boys.

Woodsmen vs Morningside - 4:45pm @ McCarthy Homes Oval Sat June 23

B: Stink – Pagey – Josh

HB: Jacko – Burnsy – Nick

C: BT – Juddo – K

HF: Tommy – Hocks – ChrisD

F: Mika – Evo – Irish

Foll: Thommo – KVine – Nessy

INT: MP – Mitchy – Mudge – Adam

Emergency: Brendon - Dobbo


Andrew Thomson

"Gut Feelings VII"

Some deep thoughts from deep in the nest!

  • What a big weekend of footy at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer this Saturday with 4 big games against Morningside, with the ladder topping Colts starting the day at 9.30 am followed at 11.30 am by a Reserves team expected to be bolstered by a few key inclusions and hopefully a determination to right the wrongs of last week. The Seniors clash at 2 pm in what is an old fashioned "Match of the Day"  and The Woodsmen aka the Western Magpies QFA team line up at 4:45 pm.


  • The Magpies Seniors defeated Labrador and what a fighting win it was. The Pies were challenged several times but fought back and this time were able to emerge victorious in a tough encounter. Coach Brydan  Morgan was wrapped in the win which he described as a dour, arm-wrestle.
  • The Pies were have been robbed of at least two, and possibly three goals on Saturday with Anthony Corrie kicking one from a tight angle on the boundary for the goal umpire to signal a behind, while De winter looked to slot one clearly through the big sticks from a 45* angle after taking a mark of the year contender--both players and teammates were celebrating and opposition players were heading fro the middle, a sure sign they had kicked truly!
  • The final goal called a behind was a touched call against a Liam Dwyer goal which cleared the player on the mark by a metre but he clapped and the umpire was tricked into thinking it was touched. The Tiger players tried this trick a few times throughout the game and it finally played off in the final quarter. Luckily the Pies put this behind them and booted 2 quick goals to seal the match, but the filed umpire was clearly 'sucked in' by the tactic.
  • Jake De Winter has taken another hanger and that is 2 so far this season that feature in "Mark of the Day" and watch this space because the exciting Magpie forward will take a few more speccies before the season is out.


  • Not to be outdone, the old General - Anthony Corrie may have missed a couple of set shots, but banged home some crucial goals at important times, including this one winding back the clock to be nominated for Goal of the Week
  • The Pies took most of the Syd Guildford votes with key defenders Stephen Mills 8, Brady Allen 6 and  Luca Winton 5 votes all leading the polling. The other vote getters were Billy Johnson and Kale Reed 2 each.
  • 3 out of 4 for 2 weeks in a row ain't bad but the disappointing loss from last weekend was the Reserves who coughed up a 5 goal half time lead to go down by 2 points in a loss that could be costly at season's end. Coach Des Lashman was lost for words after the game and woe betide any player who does not give 100% this weekend.
  • The Colts are equal top of the QAFL ladder with only one loss and if form is any guide the Pies look to be have the measure of Morningside but as everyone knows the Panthers have been great rivals to the Pies at junior and Colts levels over many years and will lift for this clash. The Pies Colts will need to be on their guard to match Morningside
  • The Woodsmen returned to the winner's list last week and are currently second on the QFA ladder and should be too strong on paper for the sixth placed Morningside. A mix of experienced veterans led by coach and 3 time Senior premiership captain Chris Mihalopoulos with a number of young players provides a good mix for the Woodies.
  • Mihalopoulos has played well over 300 matches for the Pies in Senior Football
  • David “Barts” Bartlett is a fixture at Chelmer and does a power of work off the field to ensure the precinct at McCarthy Homes Oval is presented at its best each week.
  • Barts is a Life Member of the club and continues to give his all to his beloved Pies. He has once again manned the hamburger stand and the famous 'Barts Burgers' are well known as the best in the QAFL!
  • Bart’s offsider on the BBQ is Robert Hartley who also helps out at Sherwood junior matches where his grand-son Keaton plays in the Under 14s. Robert says he helps out at the seniors to ensure his grand-son still has a club he can progress to in Senior Football. And he must have been a handy footballer in his day, playing with Sturt in the SANFL and Sandy Bay in Tasmania FL.

NOTE: Barts informs us that Robert is unavailable this week so he is looking fior a few volunteers to help out thius saturday

  • Magpies Football Director Paul Grentell commented  in the Sherwood Past Players Facebook page on the Senior win and suggested past players could catch up with some old mates by coming down this Saturday for what is shaping as a blockbuster. "This is the best opportunity to catch up with old mates, create new ones, bury hatchets and tell some tall stories!!! Been great to see all the chat about the past players who played who didn't etc and a bit of banter as well...normally this is followed by "we should catch up". Well you can at any home game or even better at the 50 years of senior footy celebration in August - See ya at the footy!"
  • Paul also noted that several Reserves players have voluntered to run the water for the Seniors which is fantastic from a clubman point of view but is asking for any supporters who would like to be involved to help out with running the water on game days. If that is not your cup of tea there are plenty of roles at the club if you want to get your footy fix and be part of something big that is building at Chelmer.
  • Sherwood hosted the Queensland Under 12 Carnival on the bye weekend and everyone was impressed with the Colts boys who came down to help out . Colts coaches Jake Fuentes & Kiran Verma not only have their side playing exciting football but  also emphasising to players the need to be good citizens at club and community level.
  • Finn Collison, Lachlan Pearson, Aiden D'Rosa, Jacob Aurisch, Cooper Crowell and Harrison Radcliffe all came down to help out at the BBQ and Jacob and Harrison along with senior player Aaron Highlands and Senior coach Brydan Morgan welcomed the Cape York Crusaders and took them under their wing.
  • Perennial helpers Rob Lawson and Bruce O'Neill also were on hand to make sure the ground and facilities were all in order for the 4 days of the carnival.
  • Sherwood U16 players Darcy Prest and Jack Briskey are in the Qld State Team contesting the U16 National Championships.
  • 7 of our Sherwood U12 Black team members were selected to participate in the U12 carnival-- Finn Mahoney, Kye Van Beest, Jaydon Macauley, Cooper Rowlings, , Jacob Edwards, Jed Bostock and Jed Hooper – a bright future for the WM!
  • Ex Magpie Brett 'Noodles' McEvoy coached the Met North side with the help of Kiran Verma, and is also the QLD U12 coach.
  • Current Woodsmen 'spearhead' Matt Hockley was also spotted watching his nephew and offering plenty of assistance where needed
  • After some shuffling of divisions in the opening rounds our U12 and U14 teams have hit their straps with a number of convincing wins in the last three weeks to see them steadily climbing the ladder.  Two months out from finals and they are building nicely
  • Good to see past President Mark Blackberry at the football last Saturday and he was accompanied by Richmond legend and Brisbane Lions Player Development Manager Craig Lambert. Might be interesting this Saturday if they turn up as Lambert's son is playing for Morningside
  • Queensland Umpiring Legend and games record holder, Tom McArthur passed away recently. He umpired 502 Senior matches in the QAFL but he also umpired schoolboy matches on Friday afternoon at Graceville Oval from the mid 50s to the mid 80s and would often umpire 4 matches in a day. It is estimated he umpired over 1000 schoolboy matches as well.
  • He played football at Western Districts before injury forced him to take up umpiring. He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame several years ago. Legend has it that some players thought he would not report players for violent conduct as he worked night shift and could not attend tribunals but he soon put that to bed by reminding players that there is such a thing as " long service leave!!"
  • Players and supporters of Sherwood DAFC join all AFL lovers in recognising the enormous contribution he made to our game in Queensland. For more on Tom McArthur check out the AFLQ website.


Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies added a tick their finals credentials with hard fought win over Labrador played in perfect conditions in front of a healthy home crowd at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday.

Labrador have played in the past four QAFL Grand Finals for two premierships and remain a formidable outfit in 2018 as key players slowly return.

In a first half where the Pies controlled the game largely and lead most of the important stats, they remained challenged on the scoreboard and on several occasions looked like they could skip away before Labrador efficiently closed the gap with accurate and clean finishing.  Midway through the 2nd the Pies controlled proceedings but missed several simple shots to have just a 15 point lead before Labrador came late with a burst of 3 goals in 3 minutes to take a half-time 1 point lead.

The Pies knew they were well and truly in a contest as the Labrador midfield gained ascendancy at the contest and their key talls at both ends were threatening, with 2017 Grogan Medalist Wade Mills a constant headache with his marking prowess in defence, both chopping off Magpie attacks but also as the linkman out of trouble. The Magpies then slipped 2 goals behind in the third quarter but fought back to take 9 point lead at three quarter time after taking advantage scoring opportunities.

Early goals were the order of the day for the Pies at the start of the final quarter but it was the Tigers who booted 2 quick goals to snatch a 3 point lead and put the Pies fans on edge. With the Tiger tail wagging and tails up it looked like the match was could be slipping from the Pies grasp. But this is a resilient group who are starting to believe and they gritted their teeth, composed themselves and actually dominated the final 20 minutes to boot 3 goals and run out 16 points winners, 12.12-84 to 10.8-68.

The match was hard fought and tough affair and no more than 3 goals separated the sides during the game--the Pies 16 point margin was the equal largest for the match. 

Coach Brydan Morgan was proud of the win as the Pies were challenged by a resurgent Tigers and he commented that sometimes you have to win ugly but as long as the 4 points are pocketed that it is all that matters--and winning ugly often wins premierships!!  Morgan pointed out that Labrador came to play and their intensity was up a few notches compared to recent matches.

Morgan as rapt in the performance of key defender Brady Allen, who after starting the season in the Reserves has repaid his coach with 3 solid performances since his recall. Allen used his strength and height to win some key battles and then used his strong left foot to roost the Pies into attack.

Morgan also singled out fullback Stephen Mills, a Redland listed player, who held key forward and ex AFL player Bryce Retzlaff to 2 goals. Mills looks to be enjoying the Magpies environment and although as all NEAFL listed players he would prefer to play for his NEAFL club, he has embraced the Pies culture and is a popular player at Chelmer. 

Billy Johnson was also a key player in his first game back at the Pies after Brisbane Lions NEAFL duties and an ankle injury.and he booted 3 goals in a fine performance on the wing. His 3 goals were vital at times when the Pies were in danger of being overrun. He was able to slot back into the Pies line-up seamlessly and looked right at home at his home club. 

Kale Reed continued his good recent form to be a busy player up forward, continually harassing the tiger defenders to create a few turnovers and he booted 2 important goals as well.

David Lewis and Luca Winton were fine defenders with Lewis again marking strongly across half back and Winton mopping up well and defusing several Labrador sorties.

Anthony Corrie bobbed at crucial times to boot 3 goals, including a vintage effort collecting a groundball to turn his opponent inside out before kicking truly from the arc. Liam Dwyer worked hard in ruck and then was busy up forward to kick 3 vital goals. It should have been 4 goals as the umpire was fooled by a Labrador player on the mark clapping as the ball went past and although the kick was true the field umpire was in a terrible rush to call touched, when the Labrador player was nowhere near it!  The Pies could argue they had 2 further goals as Corrie and Jake De Winter had kicks that appeared to clearly go through the big sticks only to be ruled as behinds by the goal umpire. De Winters was especially disappointing as it followed his latest entry to Mark of the Year with plenty of hang time much to the delight of the home crowd.

Aaron Highlands also did a workmanlike job in the ruck to be named the BG Award winner for the match and half forward Riley Easton won several crucial turnovers and his tackle pressure was important for the Magpies.

The Pies are fourth on the ladder and face another big test on Saturday at McCarthy Homes Oval, Chelmer when they host a resurgent Morningside, who demolished the previously unbeaten Mt Gravatt by 102 points on the weekend.  

Western Magpies 2.3 - 15 | 6.7 - 43 | 9.9 - 63 | 12.12 - 84


Labrador Tigers 3.1 - 19 | 7.2 - 44 | 8.6 - 54 | 10.8 - 68

Best: Allen, Mills, Johnson, Winton, Lewis, Reed

Goals: Johnson, Corrie, Dwyer 3, Reed 2, Jaenke-Cain 1

Sci-Fleet Taringa - Reserves Match Review

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies had a second half to forget as they squandered a 5 goal half time lead to cough up the 4 points to Labrador in a hugely disappointing result.

The Pies second half resembled the Gold Coast Suns’  last quarter train wreck of Saturday evening as both teams forgot what had got them well in front in the first place.

Pies’ coach Des Lashman’s post match summation is unable to be repeated here but suffice to say he was not a happy camper at the end of the match.

The Pies had played direct football in the first half and were well on top in the middle of the ground and were winning the contested football to lead by 29 points at half time.

Anyone who turned up at half time and witnessed the third quarter would be led to believe the Labrador were well in front on the scoreboard. The Tigers completely turned the game on its head as the Pies retreated into themselves, were second to the football, started second guessing, started fumbling and were guilty of poor ball use as they appeared to become panicked.

The match was still anyone’s game in the final quarter and the Pies did have their chances to win but went down 8.6-54 to 8.8-56 in a 2nd costly 2 point loss that sees them slip back to sixth place on the ladder.

Zach Collison, Chris Hunt and Gabe McKinnon across half back were the source of a lot of drive in the first half and then worked hard to stem the tide in the second half.

Nathan Congram and Monty Vine both worked hard in ruck and Sam DeNys was busy around the packs, especially in the first half.

The Magpies will be bolstered by the return of several experienced players for a must-win match at home against Morningside on Saturday.

Western Magpies 3.2 - 20 | 6.2 - 38 | 6.5 - 41 | 8.6 - 54

defeated by

Labrador Tigers 1.3 - 9 | 1.3 - 9 | 6.3 - 39 | 8.8 - 56

Best: Z.Collison, hunt, Congram, M.Vine, McKinnon, De Nys

Goals: DeRooy, Pope 2, S.McEvoy, Mazerolle, F.Collison 1

Anytime Fitness - Colts Match Review

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts are on top of the QAFL Colts ladder after a comprehensive victory over Labrador on Saturday morning.

The Pies were slow to start and the Tigers had the first 2 goals on the board before the Magpies kicked into gear. Led by key forward Cameron Ferguson, who booted 3 first quarter goals then followed up with the first 2 goals of the second quarter, the pies took control and were well on top from the 10 minute mark of the opening quarter.

The Pies won well 15.12-102 to 4.5-29.

Queensland Under 17 representative Bruce Reville showed his class with a turn of speed  and capped a fine game with 3 goals from the wing and rover Dan Edwards continued his fine season to boot 2 goals. Another Queensland Under 17 rep player in Samson Ryan gave the Pies first use of the ball from the centre in another fine display of the ruckman’s art  and centreman Jacob Sheath was as usual a busy player. Aiden D’Roza played well across half back and Sam Mehari returned from an injury he suffered in Round 1 to be a livewire across half forward and his return is a further boost to an already potent forward line.

Coaches Jake Fuentes and  Kiran Verma look to have a good spread of talent all over the ground at their disposal and they have depth as well and this puts the Colts in a good place to push hard for a top of the ladder finish and set themselves up for a successful finals series.

Western Magpies 5.3 - 33 | 10.5 - 65 | 13.6 - 84 | 15.12 - 102


Labrador Tigers 2.1 - 13 | 2.1 - 13 | 4.3 - 27 | 4.5 - 29

Best: S.Ryan, Sheath, D'Roza, Mehari, Ferguson

Goals: Ferguson 5, Reville 3, Edwards 2, Aurisch, Keenan, Johnson, Batilimoyo, S.Ryan 1


Coopers Friday Night Footy - Match Review

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen licked their wounds after a tough 2 point loss to Zillmere last outing to travel down the M1 to take on the winless Ormeau Bulldogs on Friday night in freezing temperatures.

With another 5 or 6 changes to the side, and percentage likely playing a role late in the year in the jockeying for finals positions it was important the Woodies went down and showed some intent and kept their foot on the throat, as in recent years the side has failed to put sides away and the lack of percentage has been costly.

It was a bright start as the boys piled on 7.5 - 47 to 0.0 - 0 in the opening quarter, with Matt Hockley bagging 5 in the opening term and perennial defender Chris La Burniy sneaking forward for his first goal since approximately 2013!

However, it was a bridge too far to maintain the intensity as the match slowly dwindled into an exercise in avoiding the odd cheap shot and experimental positioning.

New recruit Adam Pedler was tried in the ruck where he enjoyed aproximately 85% game time and showed plenty of promise, Tom Roderick continued his good form on a wing and Chris Judson, Ben Ness and Sam Curtis were at their best in the midfield continually driving the ball forward and dominating stoppages.

Matt Hockley finished with a solid bag of 9 goals, while Jason Evans and Chris Mihalopoulos were the other multiple goal-kickers while David Jackson and Scott Matthews were solid across half back.

Final score:

Woodsmen 16.12 - 108 defeated Ormeau 2.5 -17

Best: Hockley, Judson, Ness, Davis, Pedler, Jackson

Goals: Hockley 9, Evans, Mihalopoulos 2, La Burniy, Davis, Judson 1

The Woodsmen take on Morningside this Saturday at 4:45pm after the Seniors host the Siders in what will be an exciting day between the 2 clubs featuring 4 hard fought matches.


Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies should be fresh after another bye as they host a Labrador team that has potentially lost some of its lustre from recent seasons, but remain a dangerous opponent.

However. which Labrador team will the Pies play? --the Tigers had 9 team changes 2 matches ago and then 10 changes to their team last round and with a quality list, will be searching for consistency.

Labrador have 2 wins against the bottom 2 teams in Sandgate and Wilston Grange and have been well beaten in other losses. Two of the Pies wins have been over the same teams plus a resurgent Surfers Paradise and the Pies losses have been close so the home team's form line looks a lot better, but 4 points are harder to come by than that!

Labrador have featured in the last 4 QAFL Grand Finals, for 2 wins and despite their luke warm start to the year, they are a formidable opponent with talent on every line.

The Western Magpies have had to make six forced changes and as expected Ryan Harwood slots back into the team as a straight swap for Tom Ielasi, who is in Europe visiting relatives.  The Pies also lose Jack Goodall (Redland) and Doug Lawrence (Aspley), both  back to the NEAFL and Caleb Franks also to Redland in the NEAFL after joining them this week as a rookie. Gareth Crawford is also on an overseas trip and Brodie Easton is unavailable with a uni exam. 

Also in are Will Fletcher after missing with unavailability last match, Liam Dwyer returns from an injury he sustained at Redland, Billy Johnson is back for his first game for the Pies this year as the Brisbane Lions NEAFL, where he has been playing, have a bye and it will be his first run for 3 weeks after sustaining an ankle injury.  Meanwhile, experienced veteran Sean Mewing earns a recall to Senior ranks through weight of form and Aaron Maricic is also promoted after good Reserves form.

The Magpies forward line looks potent with Jake De Winter, Anthony Corrie and Ryan Harwood  all capable of plenty of goals but the pies will  need their kicking boots on as inaccuracy in this match could prove costly.

Drew Mitchell was back to his best last week and leads the midfield with another bull in Jono Macanawai, who has been superb in the clinches this season. 

Brady Allen has been good at centre half back since his return and David Lewis has been his usual composed self in every match.

If the Magpies are to consider themselves genuine premiership contenders then it is these matches they must win and with the Tigers a bit of an unknown quantity coach Bryan Morgan will need his charges switched on from the first bounce. 

QAFL Round 9 - Western Magpies vs Labrador - 2pm Sat 16 June @McCarthy Homes Oval

B: Will Fletcher - Luca Winton - Billy Johnson

HB: David Lewis (VC) - Stephen Mills - Brenton Saunders

C: Luke Mitchell - Ben Jaenke-Cain - Aaron Maricic

HF: Jake De Winter - Aaron Highlands - Matt Davis

F: Brady Allen - Anthony Corrie - Riley Easton

Foll: Jack Austin - Drew Mitchell (C) - Ryan Harwood

Int: Liam Dwyer - Jono Macanawai - Sean Mewing - Kale Reed

In: Will Fletcher, Ryan Harwood, Liam Dwyer, Sean Mewing, Aaron Maricic, Billy Johnson

Out: Tom Ielasi, Gareth Crawford (both overseas), Doug Lawrence, Jack Goodall, Caleb Franks (all NEAFL), Brodie Easton (exam)