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Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies will be warm favourites when they host Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer as the Pies wear their Commemorative Guernsey to celebrate 50 years of Senior Football and ex-captain Lachlan Woods 100th Senior match.  

The Pies are coming off a huge win over Morningside while Sandgate are last on the ladder with one win for the season. That said the Pies need to be on guard for an ambush as the Hawks have upended several favourites in recent seasons, defeating eventual Premiers Palm Beach in the final round last year and knocking Morningside out of finals contention the year previously, so the Magpies will be keen not to become another Hawks casualty.

As Assistant Coach Michael Nixon said last week as many of the Pies players turned their attention to the Surfers Paradise match, "it won't matter what happens against Surfers if we don't beat Sandgate". 

The Pies still look very strong with the inclusion of Matt Davis from illness and the Redlands listed pair of Sam Copland and Liam Dwyer from injury

Jake De Winter is unavailable for a wedding and Lachlan Dennis and Jack Austin were the unlucky two to be squeezed out after doing their jobs in the past 2 victories. Copland is almost a straight swap for De Winter and Dwyer is a straight swap for Austin, while Davis replaces Dennis.

The pleasing part of the Pies recent matches as been the evenness of the contribution from all players and the pressure they have applied all match. 

The backline has been miserly lately with Brady Allen, Luca Winton and David Lewis generally controlling proceedings and in recent matches Ryan Harwood as acted as a sweeper/quarterback to launch the Pies into attack from the half back line. Doug Lawrence got his mojo back last week and Jack Goodall can basically play anywhere and generally does it well.  

Jono Macanawai was another who got his mojo back last week after a number of flat performances and a week off a fortnight ago did him the world of good. Woods has been on fire in recent matches and Drew Mitchell and Ben Jaenke-Cain have been their usual consistent contributors.

Copland has several 5 goal hauls for the Pies this year and will be keen to get another handful while Riley Easton and Kale Reed have provided the forward pressure. Anthony Corrie will also look to hit the scoreboard after a strong return to the side last week. 

The Magpies cannot afford any complacency in this match and coach Brydan Morgan will have stressed to his players the need to focus on the Hawks before they can turn their attention to next week's match. And the Pies should  be eager to chair 100 gamer Lachlan Woods off the ground as a winner.

QAFL Round 18: Western Magpies v Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday, August 18th at 2.00 pm.  

B: Will Fletcher  Doug Lawrence  Luca Winton

HB:  David Lewis  Jack Goodall Brady Allen

C:   Matt Davis Lachlan Woods  Luke Mitchell

HF: Aaron Maricic  Liam Dwyer Sam Copland 

F:   Kale Reed  Anthony Corrie Riley Easton

Foll:   Dylan Adkins Drew Mitchell (Capt)  Ryan Harwood

I/C: Tom Ielasi, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Billy Johnson, Jono Macanawai

In: Matthew Davis, Sam Copland, Liam Dwyer

Out: Jake De Winter (unavailable), Jack Austin, Lachlan Dennis (both Reserves)

Emerg: Harry Marshall, Jack Austin, Lachlan Dennis, Brenton Saunders 

Cross Fit Disposition - Reserves Match Preview

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Reserves must be ruthless against the winless Sandgate today at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer to keep them in the race for a final five berth. 

The Pies will start favourites but coach Des Lashman will stress the need to be hard at it all match to try to close the 15 percent gap that separates them from Morningside, both on 28 points. 

The Pies have been strengthened by the inclusion of the unlucky Lachlan Dennis and Jack Austin, both squeezed out of the Seniors by returning players, Gareth Crawford, the joint Bill Peirce Medallist of last year returns after a short holiday and lively forward Sempitake Kwizera comes back in after missing last week with illness. 

Out goes skipper Sean Mewing with family commitments, while Nathan Congram has been rested and Jordan Bonney and Matt Mazerolle have unluckily missed out, showing the enormous depth at the Magpies this year with the 3rds securing a Grand final berth last night.

Chris Hunt has been rewarded for a fine season with the captaincy for the match and he and his fellow defenders have been miserly recently.

Gerard Moore was superb in ruck last week and Val Pope returned to the form we all know he is capable of.  Dennis and Crawford boost the midfield and with Brodie Easton and Logan Murray form a powerful midfield unit and Austin gives the Pies another tall target up forward to complement the strong marking Jeremy DeRooy. 

At ground level the Pies have plenty of goalscoring potential in Sam Parker, Kwizera and Brenton Saunders.

The Pies should win well and will have one eye on the Chelmer scoreboard but the other eye will be on the Labrador v Morningside match as that game has a big bearing on the Pies' season.

QAFL Round 18: Western Magpies Reserves v Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday, August 18th at 11.30 am

B:  Tristan Dowdy  Harry Marshall  Kurt Vine

HB: Zach Collison Chris Hunt (Capt) Peter Kilroy

C:  Rory Johnson  Brodie Easton  Sam Hartog

HF: Brenton Saunders Jack Austin  Val Pope (vc)  

F:  Sempatike Kwizera Jeremy De Rooy  Sam Parker

Rucks: Gerard Moore Logan Murray Gareth Crawford

I/C: Lachlan Dennis,  Sean McEvoy (Capt), Sam DeNys, Monty Vine

Emerg: Matt Mazarolle, Jordan Bonney

 In: Jack Austin, Lachlan Dennis, Gareth Crawford, Sempatike Kwizera

Out: Sean Mewing (unavailable), Nathan Congram (rested), Matt Mazarolle, Jordan Bonney (both omitted )


Andrew Thomson

  • Sherwood and the Western Magpies will celebrate 50 years of senior football this Saturday, August 18th when the Magpies host Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer.
  • The celebrations will be semi-formal with several speeches and finger food and will commence at 6 pm in the Sports Bar at the club. Cost will be $30 per head which includes food and a drink or two.
  • The club has a Commemorative Guernsey with the names of all players and coaches to have played or coached a game in Seniors, Reserves, Thirds and Woodsmen  and will be worn during the Seniors and Reserves matches. The guernseys are for sale at $100 each and can be purchased at the reunion.


  • The club is in a position to order more guernseys if required.
  • Ex players who are returning after many years will notice the club's new Honour boards which were erected last year. You might notice a few gaps in the record and the club hopes ex-players will recall who won what and when, especially in the Reserves and Western Warriors days. Please let Greg Thompson or Kevin Kluver know if you can fill any gaps.  
  • Plenty of discussion between AFLQ and QAFL Clubs about a QAFL salary cap and revised player points system in 2019.  Labrador Tigers were quoted in the Courier Mail as being opposed to the proposed $70k cap in 2019 and $60k in 2020 but would settle for an $80k cap.  No doubt all clubs have their challenges, but as a known footy nursery - the Magpies will not be impacted
  • Luca Winton might feel aggrieved from the Pies report on the club's Facebook page  of the win over Labrador as co-defender Doug Lawrence was credited with keeping Tigers star forward and ex -AFL player Bryce Retzlaff to 2 goals when in fact it was Winton who kept the big full-forward quiet. It is no surprise he did the job as Winton has been a sensational pick-up for the Pies and has not had a bad game this year.  He would be well in the mix in the Pies' Bill Peirce Medal voting.
  • Well, well the practice of jumper punches and blocking well off the contest and holding off the ball, which Gut Feelings thinks is a blight on the game, has come home to roost.
  • The Seniors had a grinding win against a negative opponent last week and unfortunately the niggle cost the Pies their young key position player Aaron Highlands who was reported for striking. Vision shows a forceful push during the mid second quarter push and shove and Highlands was offered 2 weeks with 1 week for an early guilty plea. The club decided to go to the AFLQ Tribunal but he was found guilty and then given 3 weeks!! Interesting !!!  gut Feelings can only assume there was some vision not available to the rest of us!
  • Senior coach Brydan (or should that be Bryan?) Morgan was quoted in the Quest Newspapers Westside and South-West News about how even the competition is and the Pies "could finish from third to sixth, we just need to keep winning. We can finish in third and are more than capable of winning our two remaining matches.
  • The Reserves remain on life support after another close win over Morningside on the weekend keeps their finals aspirations alive.  Having now beaten all other finals contenders, if they get there - nobody will want to play them!
  • The Pies Colts won a tough contest against Labrador to go a game clear on top of the QAFL Colts ladder, before easily accounting for Morningside to consolidate tops spot ahead of their bye. The Colts depth was again on display as they had a number of key players out but still were able to come up with consecutive wins.
  • The Magpies had a big day out last Saturday with victories in all grades on the day over Morningside. The seniors had a 101 point victory, a margin that no-one saw coming, The Reserves held on for a 4 point victory to keep their finals hopes alive and the Colts had a comfortable 44 point win to stay on top of the ladder. And to round out the weekend, the Woodsmen secured top spot on the ladder and a home Second Semi Final tomorrow night
  • The Pies inflicted the worst defeat on Morningside in living memory with as comprehensive a victory as you could imagine. Panthers coach Steve Wildschutt said his side were beaten in every facet of the game and Magpies coach Brydan Morgan said he thinks his team has finally realised how good they are and what they are actually capable of when they click into gear.
  • The Pies won all the stats that matter but for Morgan it was the contested football which included the defensive running, the tackling, the pressure at the contest and smothers that pleased him the most. 
  • The Reserves had a narrow win that keeps their season alive, although they still need results to go their way. The Pies are still in sixth place trailing Morningside on percentage. Both clubs play cellar dweller Sandgate and the Pies have Surfers paradise while Morningside have a tough assignment at Labrador. It could be that all three clubs finish on the same points and percentage will be the decider.
  • The Colts were tradesmanlike in a comfortable victory which cements them at the top of the ladder and a guaranteed rest in the first week of the finals. The Pies enjoyed getting one back on Morningside as the clubs have had a healthy rivalry at Colts level for many years and also have had many a battle over many years of junior football. 
  • The Woodsmen are in the Second Semi Final in QFA Friday Night Footy after a strong win over Queensland Uni last Friday night which secured them top spot and a home semi final tomorrow night. The match commences at 7.30 pm at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer 
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  • The Woodsmen's Matt Hockley has kicked 50 goals to win the Division 4 goal kicking by a fair margin. Hockley has been a classy player for the Pies since crossing from Springwood 9 years in 2013. He captained Springwood as a 20 year old to underline his class and leadership abilities and played Seniors for the Pies and he still shows the way at the Woodsmen. 
  • Club Legend Chris Mihalopoulous also plays for the Woodsmen and was the 2017 competition leading goalkicker, he's also joined by multiple Senior Premiership teammate Chris Judson and two current footy club Directors in President Andrew Thomson and Director Mitchell Merritt
  • Gut Feelings understands it was a firey selection debate this week at the Woodsmen, showing there is depth at all levels of senior footy in 2018!
  • Premiership players Val Pope, Gerard Moore and Sean Mewing turned back the clock on Saturday as all three were in magnificent form and were influential players  in the Pies win.
  • Pope won plenty of contested football and has regained the form many Pies supporters recall from his heyday, Moore dominated the ruck and was a steadying influence in the tense final quarter and Mewing mopped up brilliantly across half back and on a wing then used his long left foot to devastating effect.  
  • Jake de Winter booted 4 goals to go to 42 goals for the season and he now trails ex Magpie and current Broadbeach full forward Matt Fowler by 10 goals.  

McCarthy Homes Milestone - Lachlan Woods Notches 100th Senior Game

Andrew Thomson

Lachlan Woods will play his 100th Senior match for the Western Magpies when the Pies host Sandgate on the weekend of the club's celebration of 50 years of Senior football.

Woods is in fine form leading into the match, being named in the best players in recent matches for his strong work in the clinches and hard ball gets. That is no surprise as                 Woodsy has been noted for his attack on the ball and ball carrier and is renowned for his ferocious tackling and fearless style of play. He throws himself at the contest with no thoughts for his own safety and that is why his teammates love him --there in no backward step in the Pies Number 27!! 

No 27 has an illustrious history at the Pies, being worn by 10 year skipper, 3 time premiership captain and 200 Senior game player Chris Mihalopoulos. Micka bequeathed the no 27 to Woodsy and he wore it proudly as a co-captain for a further 4 years from 2013 to 2016, leading the Pies to 2 finals series in that time. 

Due to work and other commitments, Woodsy had a year off senior footy in 2017 - spending the season with the Woodsmen playing about 10 games and gaining plenty of wise words from his older teammates who immediately encouraged him back to QAFL Footy in 2018.

He was able to devote more time to training this year and after a late start to the season then a foot injury, he fought his way back into the Seniors mid way through the year and now would be one of the first players penciled in at selection each week.

Woodsy started at Auskick in Gladstone at Boyne Is-Tannum Sands (BITS) as an 8 year old due to the influence of his step-father Kent Honour, who had played as a junior at Sherwood. His family moved to Brisbane as a 9 year old and it was only natural he join the Magpies and some of his coaches included Chris Fozard, Des Lashman, Chris Arnold  and Tim McEvoy. He played in an Under 12 premiership under Chris Arnold  and then played in an Under 16 Flag under Des Lashman.

He started playing some Reserves matches in 2010 under Peter McClennan and recalls his first training run for the Seniors. The players trained in club jumpers and they were hanging on the fence and players grabbed their guernsey as they ran onto the ground. He says " I grabbed the first guernsey as I did not have a number and later on I got a tap on the shoulder--I had taken No 4 and Val Pope wanted his jumper back--I quickly ripped it off and gave it to him and then had to get another guernsey. You realised quickly that you had to earn your stripes at the Magpies".

He earned his stripes pretty quickly and graduated to Seniors and  played on a half back flank in the Pies 2012 Senior premiership triumph over Palm Beach-Currumbin, by then coached by McClennan. The Pies half back line of Woods, Ed McDonnell and another youngster Conrad Hudgton was superb that day and Woodsy reckons he was best on ground in the first half!! 

His teammate in that side was Tim McEvoy, who had coached him as a junior. He rates T-Mac highly and says while he was not the flashest or best player, but he absolutely loved playing next to him. " T-Mac never let you down and I learnt so much off him as a junior then as a Senior teammate. He was and still is a mentor and a good mate on and off the ground".

Another mentor who had a major influence on him was Peter McClennan, who coached him as a young player starting out in Senior Football. "Peter was not only a football coach but he has been a life coach to me who has helped me when I started my personal training business and always had time for me in all aspects of my life". 

Paul Grentell also influenced him when he was a teenager and Craig St John showed faith in him when he was appointed co-captain of the Magpies Senior side with Gerard Moore as a 21 year old in 2013, so he has had many great role models at Chelmer. 

The Pies win over Morningside on Saturday (he was among the best players) recalls the first win the Pies had over the Panthers for many years in 2015 when he had injured his shoulder badly in the third quarter. It was a tight contest with finals on the line so coach Glenn Humphrey asked Woodsy if he was OK to go on early in the last quarter. Woodsy, despite being seriously winged, gave the only reply anyone knows he would give and that was "yes". In a masterstroke, Humphrey put him in the goal square and told him not move too far. His opponent gave him little respect as he only had one arm working and Lachlan snagged four last quarter goals to lead the Pies to a famous victory.

He says he has loved playing with his teammates over the years and it wouldn't matter if it was table tennis or soccer if he was with his mates. That said he says he is "more Black and White than you could ever know" and loves the club. 

He still stays in contact with his father Dale, who was a rugby league player but takes an interest in his games. " It was from my Dad that I suppose I developed the physicality to my game".  

His Mum Melissa has been his greatest supporter over the years and his girlfriend Kaitlyn, who is a paramedic, also has given great support. He says she has helped patch him after most matches and as all Pies supporters know there would not be one game he does not need patching up!!

He is loving his football now under Brydan Morgan and believes the flag is there for the taking--the Pies just need to win their last 2 matches to secure a finals spot. One thing is for sure-- the Magpies No 27 will leave nothing in the tank in the Pies quest for their first ever top level QAFL premiership.

Congratulations to 'Duck' on 100 Senior games, a genuine heart and soul player, a natural leader and a player the Magpie fans and players love to see pull on the #27.




Andrew Thomson

Sherwood Football Club (incorporating the Western Magpies) will celebrate 50 years of Senior Football this Saturday when the Magpies host Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer.

The Magpies are hosting a function after the match and have designed a Commemorative Guernsey with the  names of every person to have played or coached for the Pies in all senior grades of the club. The commemorative Guernsey will be worn by the Senior and Reserves players in Saturday’s match against Sandgate. The guernsey will be available for purchase at $100 each.


Sherwood Districts Australian Football Club formed in 1956 and played junior football until it was decided that there were so many players wanting to continue to play on that it was decided to field senior teams.

Sherwood formed a team in 1968 and played in the Metropolitan league as it was known then, finishing 5th in its first season and runners up the following year.

Sherwood joined the SQAFA when it was formed in 1970 and won the Premiership that season and again in 1973.

Sherwood then went on a Golden run to win eight premierships in a row from 1975 to 1982. The Reserves competition was formed in 1972 and Sherwood also won five premierships in the SQAFA.

Some of the great players  of that era were Rob Blank, Ziggy Mateja, Gary Glazebrook, Dennis Hogan,  Warren Selvage, who played in all 8 premierships and coached 2 of them, current Reserves coach Des Lashman who played in 6 premierships,  Greg Butler, Ian Anderson, Craig St John, Grogan Medallist and 7 time club captain Bill Peirce, 100 goal full forward Alan Giffard and 3x time club Best and fairest Steve Rippon.  Among the Pies coaches were VFL legends Les Foote and John Rantall , while Queensland legend Lindsay Jacob was regarded as one of the best coaches at the club. Club doyen Kevin Kluver also coached the club for a number of years.

Sherwood then joined the QAFL in 1983 and retained their Magpie moniker after a coin toss to decide with the Southport Magpies, now known as the Southport Sharks as a result.  The Magpies did not meet the same successes and in 1988 joined the Gold Coast league for 3 years.

In 1991 Sherwood and Western Districts amalgamated to form the West Brisbane and they won the 1996 QAFL premiership.

Sherwood Football Club were again fielded as a standalone side in 1999, but were now known as The Western Magpies  and played for 2 seasons in the Sth Qld League before promotion to the QAFL. The club was competitive without making finals and after 5 years, just as they were coming good, AFLQ decided to relegate the Magpies to QAFL Division 2 despite having 2 players drafted by the Brisbane Lions (Marty Pask and Pat Garner), 1 to St Kilda (Ed McDonell) and Reserves and Colts being regular finalists, including multiple Division 1 Colts Premierships and a Reserves Premiership, showing the club was building nicely.

The Magpies won Premierships at this level in 2006 and 2008 under Paul Grentell  and 2012 under Peter McClennan. There was a 2 year stint back in the QAFLState League in 2009-10 (which was at the time equivalent to the current NEAFL level) that was unsuccessful and the Pies reluctantly returned to the Pineapple Hotel Cup on the formation of the NEAFL in 2011.

Chris Mihalopoulos has played over 300 games for the Magpies and captained  the club for ten years for three premierships (likely close to 500 if you include junior games). Other players to shine during the early years of the Western Magpies were Michael Blackmore, Dean Parkin, Matt Taylor and Scott Hedley.  

With several ex-QAFL clubs dropping out of the NEAFL in 2014, the Magpies again joined the QAFL top level and have been successful since then without adding to the premiership list. The Pies have figured in the top 3 twice in 4 completed QAFL seasons and are now holding down fifth place on the ladder in a tight 2018 season.  More recent champions have been Val Pope (three time Bill Peirce medallist), Jim Rozynski, Tim McEvoy, Ed McDonnell, Ben Heffernan-Roper, Luke Scott and 2015 Grogan Medallist Callum Carseldine.

Of the current players skipper Drew Mitchell, 150 game player Ben Jaenke-Cain, Matt Davis, Lachlan Woods and Anthony Corrie are leading the Pies charge up the QAFL ladder

The Magpies have had 11 players picked or drafted to VFL/AFL clubs. 


1968 -- 5th Metropolitan League

1969 -- 2nd Metropolitan League


1971 -- 3rd SQAFA

1972 -- 3rd SQAFA

1973 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Under 17s

1974 -- 3rd SQAFA


1976 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers Reserves and Under 17s   

1977 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Thirds

1978 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Reserves and Under 17s.  

1979 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Reserves and Under 17s


1981 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Reserves and Under 17s  

1982 -- PREMIERS SQAFA, Premiers in Reserves

1983 -- 7th QAFL

1984 -- 8th QAFL

1985 -- 9th QAFL

1986 -- 5th QAFL

1987 -- 8th QAFL

1988 -- 6th Gold Coast AFL

1989 -- 5th Gold Coast AFL

1990 -- 3rd State Association

WEST BRISBANE  1991-1996

1991 –


1993 –Premiers --Under 17s

1994 –

1995. --  Premiers Under 17s

1996 -- PREMIERS QAFL, Premiers --Under 18s

1997 --

1998 –  Premiers --Under 18s


1999 -- 5th QSFL

2000 -- 5th AFL Sth Qld;  Premiers Under 18s

2001 -- 9th QAFL

2002 -- 9th QAFL

2003 -- 8th QAFL; Premiers Under 18s

2004 -- 8th QAFL

2005 -- 3rd SEQAFL Div 2;  Premiers Reserves and Under 18s

2006 -- PREMIERS SEQAFL Div 1, Premiers in Reserves

2007 -- Runners Up SEQAFL Div 1; Premiers in Reserves and Thirds


2009 -- 12th QAFL; Premiers Woodsmen

2010 -- 12th QAFL; Premiers in Under 18s

2011 -- 3rd SEQAFL Div 1;


2013 -- 3rd SEQAFL Div 1

2014 -- 8th QAFL; Premiers Woodsmen

2015 -- 4th QAFL;  Premiers in Under 17s 

2016 -- 3rd QAFL 

2017 -- 6th QAFL

Significant club history was lost in the 2011 floods, so unfortunately not all records are available as a result.


Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies have enjoyed a day out at Jack Esplen Oval, coming home with the chocolates in all 3 grades after convincing wins in the Colts and Seniors, and a nailbiter in the Reserves. This was a return of the 'favour' from earlier in the year when the Magpies took on the Panthers in 4 grades, with only the Woodies prevailing on that occasion after the Colts played their worst game of the year, the Reserves soundly beaten and the Seniors kicking themselves out of it to go down by 18 points.

This Senior win moves the Magpies to fifth on the ladder and with a real chance to grab third place on the ladder, with the Pies being masters of their own destiny coming home in the pursuit of a double chance.

The Seniors were on song from the first bounce and blew Morningside away with an impressive first quarter.  Despite some inaccurate kicking, the Pies peppered the southern end of the ground kicking 6.8 - 44 to 0.2 - 2.  Such was the Pies dominance, they could have gone scoreless in the final 3 quarters and still enjoyed a 5 point win!

In the midfield, Dylan Adkins was competing hard against a strong 3 pronged Panther ruck division, and was ably supported by lionhearted Jack Goodall who would haven been giving away 20+ kg in a few centre bounce contests!  Up forward, the Pies relished the return of Anthony Corrie as he roamed the forwardline with great purpose, hitting the scoreboard himself and bringing teammates into the game, while Billy Johnson showed his versatility having a superb game up forward, whilst also roaming up the ground.  Johnson barely wasted a disposal in general play with several goal assists, whilst also kicking 3 himself which could have been 6 or 7 had he finished cleanly.  Reed was busy to kick 3 of his own, while De Winter again showed he knows where the big sticks are, finishing with 4 goals despite carrying a niggle and not having his usual 'zip'.

Kicking into what appeared to be a strong breeze after the Magpies first quarter demolition, the Magpies outscored the Panthers in the 2nd term to hold a 49 point half-time advantage, 10.10 to 3.3.  Interestingly, the Pies kicked an identical 2nd half score again peppering the goals to register 10.10 and finish with 20.20 - 140 to defeat the Panthers by 101 points, who finished with 5.9-39. 

Other pleasing aspects for the Pies was their dominance of inside 50s-- at half time it was 37-10 --and also despite controlling the football for a majority of the day the Pies had more tackles then the home team and had at least 10 smothers in the match. The Magpies swarmed at the contest, ran hard to space and their inside work with handball was impressive. The pressure they applied all match was suffocating for the Morningside players. Some poor finishing with missed targets and at goal were the only negatives from the victory. 

The Magpies did not have a poor player and dominated the midfield with Tom Ielasi not wasting a possession in a classy display, Lachlan Woods continually applying pressure and winning the hard ball and Jono Macanawai looked a new player after a rest last week. Ryan Harwood had leather poisoning, particulalrly marshalling the troops off half-back and Lachlan Dennis was dynamic on a wing and he reaped the rewards of a solid block of hard work in the reserves, where he worked on his game to earn a recall.

Brady Allen lost a couple of early contests, before he really put his head down and dominated his opponent for the next 3 and a half quarters, taking several intercept marks, winning one on one battles and then using the ball brilliantly from the back half to launch several attacks.  the defensive unit collectively had a day out, with winners in every position.  Luke Mitchell's run and carry from defence was also again a highlight.

The Magpies have their destiny in their own hands now as 2 wins get them in the finals and likely a double chance with a third placed finish. The Pies host Sandgate at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer on Saturday in a celebration of the 50th Year of Senior Football then travel to Surfers Paradise for a crucial winner-take-all clash in the final round of the season.  While the Magpies enjoyed comfortable victories last start against both sides, there will be no way the side loses focus going into a crucial fortnight of footy.

Western Magpies                         6.8 |  10.10 | 16.17 | 20.20 - 140
Morningside                                  0.2 | 3.3 | 3.5 | 5.9 - 39

BEST: T. Ielasi, L. Woods, R. Easton, A. Corrie, J. Macanawai, L. Dennis. 

GOALS J. De Winter 4, W. Johnson 3, A. Corrie 3, K. Reed 3, J. Austin 1, A. Maricic 1, R. Easton 1, T. Ielasi 1, R. Harwood 1, J. Macanawai 1, J. Goodall 1. 

Enjoy the match replays below:


Genuine Garage Door Solutions - Reserves Review

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Reserves have kept their finals hopes alive with a nail-biting 4 point victory over Morningside on Saturday. The Pies, who led by 20 points at three quarter time were unable to add to the goal tally in a tense final quarter but hung on for a victory that keeps their season alive. The Pies won 9.12-66 to .-8-62. 

After a tight first half where Morningside held the upper hand to lead by 2 goals at half time, the Pies had a superb third quarter where they booted 5 goals to take control of the match. The Pies ran in waves, tackled ferociously and won the midfield battles to get in top in a high class Reserves match.

The last quarter saw the pies miss some chances to ice the match and the Panthers were able to kick goals on the rebound to close the gap to 4 points with 5 minutes remaining. With nerves jangling, the Magpies managed to hold on for a crucial victory.

Senior premiership players in Val pope, Gerard Moore and Sean Mewing were superb and provided great leadership, especially in the tense final quarter.

Pope is getting close to his best form on ball and at half forward and Moore was the best big man on the ground by a large margin with a tireless display in the ruck, his work at around the ground stoppages of particular note as he regularly dropped it in the laps of teammates.

Mewing reminded everyone of his dashing play of years ago and he mopped up well and used his long left foot to good effect, also booting 2 goals from a wing. 

Another long serving player in Peter Kilroy continued his good form off half back and Nathan Congram also rucked well and worked hard around ground and Harry Marshall led a solid defensive unit. Brenton Saunders also had a fine game at half forward to keep his name in front of the selectors.

The Pies are still in sixth place but have two winnable matches to come and still need some results to go their way to make the finals as well as a big % boost if it comes down to that.   Having beaten every side above them on the ladder, they will be quietly confident should they sneak in, having started the year 2-6 to now be 7-7 has been a good example of how to turn a potentially lost season around.

Western Magpies    2-3-15    4-5- 29   9-9-63   9-12-66


Morningside            2-2-14     5-7-37   6-7- 43  9-8-62

Best: V. Pope, G. Moore, S. Mewing, P. Kilroy, N. Congram, H. Marshall

Goals: B. Saunders 2, S. Mewing 2, V. Pope, P. Kilroy, R. Johnson, S. Parker, M. Vine

Anytime Fitness - Colts Review

Andrew Thomson


The Western Magpies Colts have had a comfortable 44 point victory over Morningside on Saturday to consolidate top spot on the QAFL Colts ladder

The Pies controlled the game from the first bounce and extended their lead at every change to win 12-6-78 to 4-10-34 to make amends for their shock loss to the Panthers early in the season.

Harrison Radcliffe enjoyed his recall to the side to be a fine defender and had good support from Ethan Sivijs off half back. Jacob Sheath and Sean Ryan were on top in the midfield and Cam Ferguson provided a target up forward to boot 3 goals.   It was another great display of the Magpies depth with several key players out of the side due to representative honours, injury and other commitments.

The Magpies will now have their 5th bye this week due to Sandgates withdrawal from the competition, before taking on surfers Paradise the following week.

Western Magpies 4.1-25 | 7.3-45 | 9.6-60 | 12.6-78


Morningside 1.3-9 | 1.4-10 | 2.6-18 | 4.10-34

Best: H. Radcliffe, J. Sheath, E. Sivijs, C. Ferguson, S. Ryan, N.Resuggan

Goals: C. Ferguson 3, F. Collison 2, J. Johnson 2, H. Keenan, M. O''Dea, D. Arok, Z. Lovell, S. Mehari


Coopers Friday Footy Review - Woodsmen Finish Top of QFA Ladder

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen took on UQ on Friday night with a significantly depleted side ahead of Week 1 on finals next week, however it was an absolute must win match as a victory would secure Top spot on the ladder and a home final, while a loss could have seen them off to an elimination final.

Despite this, the Woodies still opted to rest a number of players with niggles, while 4 or 5 others were unavailable due to other commitments, a dangerous game to play with positions in the best 22 hotly contested!

The Red Lions are always capable of a contest, with a relatively youthful side prepared to run and carry and a significant fitness advantage compared to the older more experienced Woodsmen!  UQ started brightly with some deep forward entries, but couldn't capitalise on their chances, while the Woodies managed to kick 4 quick goals to take a 20 point lead to the first break 4.1 - 25 to 0.5 - 5.

UQ enjoyed an advantage at the centre bounce hitouts, with the Woodsmen failing to get a single hitout in the first 3 quarters, yet despite this - the Woodies enjoyed complete dominance of centre clearances as a result of ground level dominance and easy sharking of the UQ taps.  Around the ground it was a different story, with some quality stoppage goals to Alec Parsons and Dylan Mudge with Magpie hit outs 'straight in their breadbasket'.

In the 2nd quarter, the Woodies put the foot down - putting on a further 5 goals to a solitary behind from UQ to take a 50 point lead into the half-time break, with Ben Ness in particular getting a strong dose of leather poisoning as he won the ball through the middle at will, while Braydon Thomas was proving dangerous up forward kicking 4 first half goals, away from his more customary position on a wing.  Another feature of the first half was the return of former skipper Sean Toohey, who came out of retirement to help out with numbers on the night, with some trademark ferocious tackles a highlight, as well as some excellent bodywork hitting up at the footy.

After half time the sting really went out of the contest as several key players were sent to the showers early, particularly some older heads with questionable soft tissue reliability! 

Ben Ness continued to rack up disposals at will around the footy, Josh and Travis Young were rock solid in defence as the Woodies worked on their ball movement from the back half and Tom Roderick was an absolute workhorse with and without the ball as he roamed the wing with great effect.

The Woodies eventually ran out 49 point winners 13.9-87 to 5.8-38, as UQ who were goalless to half-time managed to kick 5 second half goals as their season came to an end on a positive note.

The Woodsmen will now host Maroochydoore at McCarthy Homes Oval, Friday 17th August at 7:30pm with the winner straight into the Grand Final on Friday 31st August, and the loser hosting a Prelim Final on Friday August 24.

Get down to the club this Friday night to support the boys in their quest for another Grand Final berth.



Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies start finals football a month early when they meet fourth placed Morningside in a classic 8 point match in Round 17 QAFL action on Saturday. 

The prize for the winner is a shot at third place on the ladder and for the Pies a loss makes the final 2 rounds non negotiable wins.

The Pies lose Aaron Highlands to a surprising 3 week suspension but in a like-for-like swap gain Jack Goodall back from Redland.  Also returning to boost the Pies forward line are key forwards Anthony Corrie and Jake De Winter and midfielder Jono Macanawai returns after a week out due to soreness. Also out are Sam Parker and Brenton Saunders to the Reserves and Matt Davis is omitted. 

The Pies forward line looks far stronger with the inclusion of Corrie and De Winter and youngster Jack Austin returned to the team last week with an impressive 3 goals which could easily have been 5 goals. 

Goodall adds depth to the Pies and he will bolster the defence against a strong Morningside forward line. The half back line looks strong with David Lewis and Brady Allen joining Goodall, and with Luca Winton and Will Fletcher both in good form the Pies defence looks rock solid. 

Dylan Adkins has lifted in recent matches and will have another big challenge in this match and he will need a big game to give the pies in form midfield brigade of skipper Drew Mitchell, Ryan Harwood, Lachlan Woods, Ben Jaenke-Cain and Macanawai a fair crack at the football. Woods plays his 99th Senior match for the Pies and returns to the ground where his 4 last quarter goals a few seasons ago with one arm led to a famous Magpie victory over the Panthers. 

This match will be played in a finals like atmosphere and with finals intensity and with so much at stake expect the Pies to be ferocious at the contest. The Magpies recent form has been good and they will need to be at their best to overcome the in form Panthers on their home ground.

There will not be much in it but the Magpies are good enough to win and push for a double chance.

QAFL Round 17: Western Magpies v Morningside at Hawthorne on Saturday, August 11th at 2.00 pm.  

B: Will Fletcher  Doug Lawrence  Luca Winton

HB:  David Lewis  Jack Goodall Brady Allen

C:   Billy Johnson Lachlan Woods  Luke Mitchell

HF: Aaron Maricic  Jack Austin  Jake De Winter

F:   Kale Reed  Anthony Corrie Riley Easton

Foll:   Dylan Adkins Drew Mitchell (Capt) Ryan Harwood

I/C: Tom Ielasi, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Lachie Dennis, Jono Macanawai

In: Jack Goodall, Jake De Winter, Anthony Corrie, Jono Macanawai

Out: Aaron Highlands (suspended), Brenton Saunders, Sam Parker (both Reserves), Matthew Davis (omitted) 

Emerg: Gerard Moore, Brenton Saunders, Sam Parker, Matthew Davis