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Metis Wealth Match Review - Reserves

Andrew Thomson

NEW LOOK PIES RESERVES FIGHT IT OUT

While it may have been the old brigade who featured in the best for the Pies, a swag of youngsters showed plenty of promise and fight in going down to a more polished Mt Gravatt on Saturday.

The Pies went down by 44 points, 7.5-47 to 13.13-91. There wasn’t much between the sides in the in the first half with a fluky cross breeze affecting play. The Pies trailed by 3 goals at half time after a slow start but a 7 goal to 1 third quarter from the Vultures had the Pies looking down the barrel at three quarter time.

Coach Craig Allen asked his side to keep working and was pleased with the endeavour of his team as they outplayed and outscored the home side in the final quarter, keeping the Vultures goalless.

The “veterans” of the side in  skipper for the match Gabe McKinnon, full back Sean McEvoy, midfielder Sean Mewing and vice-captain for the day in Bryce Crossley were among the best. The two Macs were solid in defence and Mewing relished his new on-ball role while Crossley also won plenty of ball in midfield in his return match for the Pies.

New ruckman Josh Uebergang, from a basketball background, toiled hard in ruck and will get better with each match as he learns the nuances of the game. New player Rohan Smith was also solid in defence and does not mind playing rugged football and young USQ Toowoomba recruit Josh White showed promise on debut. Dom Morrison, still eligible for Colts, played well across half forward and he  also indicated he will be a player of the future with a solid performance.

The Magpies will be keen to open their account at Sandgate on Saturday.

Anytimes Fitness - Colts Review

Andrew Thomson

COLTS START WITH SOLID WIN

The Western Magpies Colts started the season off in fine fashion on Saturday with a comfortable win over Mt Gravatt. The Pies ran out  8 goal winners over the Vultures, who have traditionally produced a strong Colts  team. The Pies won 12.4-76 to 4.6-30.

The game was tight early as both teams struggled to find to consistency and continuity in the first match of the year. As expected nerves, indecision and skill errors would be the theme of the first half as the Magpies boys endeavoured to implement their game plan under real match pressure for the first time in 2017.

After half time, midfielders Max Webber and Josh Commons really lifted their work rate in the middle providing our outside runners like Dan Edwards and Saxon Pobjoy the opportunity to utilise their run and skill. Key forwards Jacob Sheath and Jordan Bonney also worked their way into the game and provided a consistent contest across half forward, leading up hard and crashing packs when necessary. This was coupled with excellent forward pressure from the likes of Zac Stegemeyer and Abdullah Haddad.

As the game settled, so did the back six which saw a far more organised and structured effort in the third and fourth quarters. Key backs Ethan Sivijs, Hamish Campbell and Whitlam Bishop kept their men under control allowing runners Sam Hartog and Tristan Dowdy to set up numerous forays forward. A real team effort, it was great to see newcomers Daniel Grandy and Tom Slatter playing patches of quality football across half forward and the wing.

The challenge now for the Colts is to continue this form into next week. One of the pitfalls for young teams can be consistency across four 4 quarters but if this group can continue to get to the ball first, maintain strong defensive pressure and develop their attacking game style they should be a difficult team to beat.

A really pleasing start to the year and now the Pies get ready for the difficult task against Sandgate at Sandgate next week.

Western Magpies 12.4 - 76 defeated Mt Gravatt 4.0 - 24

Best: Sheath, Hartog, Commons, Bonney, Webber, Campbell

Goals: Bonney, Sheath 3, Edwards 2, Johnson, Webber, Stegmeyer, Haddad 1

Coopers Review - Woodies overcome Bulldogs in scrappy affair

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen braved the Friday night M1 traffic to take on the newly formed Ormeau Bulldogs in a scrappy affair played in intermittent rain before the heavens opened in a dour last quarter.

The Woodsmen knew a good start was important against a fired up Bulldogs side proud to pull on their jumper for the first time in front of a big Friday night crowd on a perfectly presented playing surface and bright new lights!

Setting the tone from the opening bounce, Thomson won a clear tap, straight to McClennan who then hit Moore on a chest with a bullet like pass.  Sadly, the game went downhill from there!

After that bright start, the Woodies dominated possession to go into quarter time with a 3.2 - 20 to 0.1 - 1 lead after goals from Woods, Moore and McDonald got the ball rolling, but weren't able to finish off their good work, with Ormeau only registering one inside 50 for the quarter.

The rain began to fall in the second quarter and Ormeau played a strong contested brand of footy to frustrate the Woodies, dropping players back deep in defence and resisting the constant attacks with hard contests and great tackling pressure, while skill errors through the middle of the ground were letting the Woodies down.

Kicking 1.3 for the quarter and missing several other set shots, the Woodies were struggling for momentum and knew they were in for a fight.  A late goal from a 50m penalty to the Bulldogs left the half time margin at 22 points.

 

With 6 new players to the side, the Woodies were trying to build some continuity but just couldn't put it together - and while never seriously threatened, the 2nd half was a decidedly scrappy affair with the Woodies outscored 1.6 to 2.3 and eventually running out winners by 19 points.

The Woodies will be at home against Morningside in Round 2, and will be looking for a much more cohesive performance in front of a home crowd.

Woodsmen 5.11 - 41 defeated Ormeau Bulldogs 3.4 - 22

Best: Woods, Barkley, Eaton, Moore, Mudge, Green

Goals: Moore, Woods 2, McDonald 1

MACK TRUCKS MATCH REVIEW - YOUNG PIES PLAY PRECISE FOOTY

Andrew Thomson

OH BOY, OH WOWEE!! PRECISE PIES IN SCINTILLATING FIRST UP WIN

The Western Magpies had a scintillating 74 point win over old rivals Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park on Saturday

The Pies were precise on their ball movement in the 18.11-119 to 5.15 - 45 victory. 

 

The nerves were apparent in the players and coaching staff on Saturday, with a new look side and a long pre-season with just one practice match, how the Pies would front up in Round 1 was a mystery to all. So while the coaches and players would have planned for a win, nobody saw really saw a dominant 13 goal win on the menu, but it was one to savour for the players, coaches and supporters alike!

New coach Brydan Morgan has put a huge amount of work into the team and it paid dividends as the Pies ball use with hand and foot was as good as any Pies' team in recent seasons. 

Morgan was also very happy with the pressure the Pies applied and their tackling was a feature all match, with players still working hard until the final siren despite holding a big lead. 

The back six worked well as a unit and were the springboard for many attacks and the forward half tackling pressure was also a highlight. 

19 year old ruck man Aaron Highlands on his senior debut was particularly exctiing. The young ruckman could be dubbed the "baby faced assassin" as he relished the physical contest and was instrumental in giving the Pies midfield first use of the football. He was happy to engage his opponent early at ruck contests and took some telling marks around the ground. He would have to be in the reckoning for a QAFL Rising Star nomination this week!

The Pies had early ascendancy in a tricky wind but the Vultures kicked 2 late goals to be in the contest at quarter time. The first quarter was frenetic with rapid ball movement by both teams but the wind still made scoring difficult and with both defences on top.  Charlie Pershouse was on fire early at full forward and his high leaping netted him strong marks and the first three Pies goals for the match

The second quarter was an arm wrestle and luckily for the Pies the Vultures were wayward in kicking for goal whereas the Pies were more accurate with 4 goals to hold a handy 4 goal lead at half time.

The Pies rapid and precise ball movement as well as the pressure at the contest saw the Pies blow the game open and dominate after halftime with 12 goals to 3 in the Pies favour.

New half forward Jake de Winter took about a quarter and half to find his feet up forward and when he did he looked quite at home as he kicked 5 goals, including 4 after half time. Brenton Saunders was his usual busy self to boot three goals and took a spectacular mark in the second quarter to goal and Val Pope was the usual Val Pope with another haul of 4 goals. The Vultures must hate the sight of the Pies No 4 as he has regularly bobbed up for handy contributions on the scoreboard against the Vultures in the past 4 seasons.

In the back half Mitchell Stallard returned to the Pies from Redland and slotted into full back in the absence of the ill Chris Hunt and he controlled proceedings with David Lewis and debutant Harry Marshall. Lewis marked everything in his path and his intercept marking was a highlight of the game and Marshall mopped up well. Luke Mitchell was given the task of shutting down the Vultures dangerous goalsneak Estall and kept him goalless in a terrific display of selfless football. He still had plenty of the ball himself to drive the Pies back into attack. 

In midfield the engine room purred along with Ben Jaenke-Cain linking up all game, Gareth Crawford was in at the contest all game in a vintage display and provided some grunt, new skipper Drew Mitchell was hard at it as usual and another debutant in Joe Murphy also provided plenty of run and chase in an impressive display. 

Youngster Rory Johnson made his senior debut and he kicked a classy 45 metre goal on the run in the third quarter after brilliantly roving the marking contest on the 50 metre arc--the goal was the first of several in a few minutes that saw the Pies blow the game apart. Another youngster in Lachie Dennis was also impressive with plenty of toe as was Liam Dwyer, whether up forward or in ruck, always giving a contest. 

The Pies did not have  bad player and their work rate with and without the ball was impressive and it was the best ball movement and clearest decision making seen from Magpies for some time. The Pies have found some outside pace and class to balance the trademark inside grunt and work ethic. Exciting times ahead!! 

The Magpies again travel on Saturday to Sandgate--the Hawks play Wilston Grange on Monday night and as Grange are the Pies round 3 opponent it will be an interesting next 2 rounds. The Pies brains trust will be interested spectators on Monday night. 

 

Western Magpies 2.3 - 15 | 6.6 - 42 | 12.9 - 81 | 18.11 - 119

defeated

Mt Gravatt Vultures 2.0 - 12 | 2.6 - 18 | 3.9 - 27 | 5.15 - 45

Best: Highlands, Lewis, Jeanke-Cain, Pershouse, Stallard, De Winter

Goals: De Winter 5, Pope 4, Pershouse 3, Saunders 3, Murphy, Mitchell, Johnson 1

Coopers Coaching Corner - Brett 'Noodles' McEvoy

Andrew Thomson

COLTS ASSISTANT COACH

It is a bit of a family affair in the Western Magpies Colts coaching ranks with Brett McEvoy as Assistant Coach to his brother-in-law Reid Dobson. Besides the family connection, 'Noodles' as he is universally known, and Dobbo also have a long history of being team-mates and friends within the Magpies football family.

Noodles was an accomplished player for the Magpies and played on a half forward flank where his deadly left foot was a weapon for the Pies.

 

In true clubman fashion when he was playing in his twenties he was also assisting at Sherwood junior training for many years.

As he grew older and slowed down he rolled around the centre of the ground for the Reserves and despite losing a bit of pace he also had the football nous to read the play, seemed to always be where the footy was and then managed to wriggle his way out of trouble with his trusty left foot. 

And all this was done with his enigmatic smile always on his face. 

He started at Sherwood under 8s and progressed through the ranks, winning premierships in Under 13s, 14s and 16s while a youngster.

He graduated to the Western Magpies to play a number of years in the Seniors.

He moved away to teach at Moranbah and played with the Bulldogs in the Mackay competition. It involved a lot of travel--over 200km each way every second week to play footy--that's dedication!

On returning to Brisban , Noodles linked up with his beloved Magpies again and played in the centre for the Reserves, winning the AFLQ Division 2 League Best and Fairest Medal in 2011. He then decided to join the Woodsmen and played in his first Senior Premiership in 2014 after many near misses.

Brett has an astute football brain and with his teaching background has the ability to impart his knowledge of the game to the Colts players and also develop them to not only being better players but also fine young men the club and their families can be proud of.  

 

Coopers Preview - New Look Woodies approach Round 1

Andrew Thomson

New Look Woodsmen take on Ormeau Bulldogs

The new look Woodsmen will look resplendent in the traditional black & white Sherwood stripes for their Round 1 encounter vs the Ormeau Bulldogs tonight.

The Woodies have merged back into the Magpie fold in 2017 and will be looking to continue their form, having not missed the finals in 10 seasons.  Not only will they be sporting a new look guernsey, they will be playing in a new competition and will have 6 debutants in Round 1.  The growing popularity of the Friday night football competition has seen AFLQ split in the competition in half, with the Woodies playing in the stronger QFA division, which disappointingly only includes 6 teams, including the newly formed Ormeau Bulldogs, Zillmere, Morningside, Sandgate and UQ – while the lesser division will feature 8 teams.

The Woodies will be without long time skipper Sean Toohey, but the team still includes a few Woodsmen veterans from the inaugural squad such as Kiran Verma on a wing, Tim Green at Centre Half Back and Andrew Thomson shouldering the ruck duties.

Making their Woodsmen debuts will be Jay Muscat (North Footscray), Sam Banim (University Cougars / Toowoomba), Sam Long  (Mt Gravatt who is the Senior Magpies Assistant coach in 2017), Rick Masterson (new to the game), Lachlan Woods (Magpies Seniors) and Blake McClennan (Magpies Reserves).

There is also a strong Sherwood flavour to the squad with other club juniors/seniors such as Chris Mihalopoulous as playing coach, Brett McEvoy, Greg Matthews, Tristan Mathews, Dylan Mudge, Sam Curtis, Gerard Moore, Daniel Hitchcock also part of the side.

Ormeau Bulldogs as a brand new outfit are an unknown quantity, but must be treated with caution as they have been accepted into the stronger division with no prior senior playing history – which is a sign of some likely strong recruiting!

The Woodsmen will be looking to their strong midfield to give them first use of the footy with Lachlan Woods and Blake McClennan providing strong inside grunt, while Sam Curtis can get on the outside and use his exceptional speed and quality delivery off either foot to the likes of Moore, Long and Mihalopoulos who will be the nucleus of a strong forwardline.

Missing a couple of regular key small defenders, the Woodies will be looking to chop off most attacks across half back with Tim Green’s marking power and the footy smarts of Blake Barkley and Brett McEvoy to mop things up at ground level, with ‘Noodles’ lethal left footy a likely weapon coming out of the back half.  If the ball gets deep, the always improving Paul Eaton will be put to work with his long clearing kicks, superb closing speed and attacking instincts to launch some Magpie attacks from deep in defence.

Western Magpies (Woodsmen) vs Ormeau Bulldogs at Ormeau Sports Park, Friday April 21 @ 730pm

Westpoint Autos - Colts Preview

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies Colts will be looking to start the day off in style in their Round 1 match up against Mt Gravatt this weekend in the new look QAFL Colts competition.

The team is excited about the opportunity to play the same teams on the same day as their Senior counterparts in what should be a really even and exciting competition this year. The first round match up promises to be a hard fought affair against a Mt Gravatt side that finished on top of the ladder last year and  has some outstanding young talent and has provided the Magpies with some cracking contests over the past few years. The make up of both teams is set to be somewhat affected by Academy games and the U16 representative carnival this week, however coach Reid Dobson believes he has picked an exciting team that can get the job done.

The Pies welcome in some new faces this week for their first game for the Western Magpies Colts in Dan Edwards, Jye Enever, Abdullah Haddad, Will Gillespie,  Tom Slatter and Jayden Johnson and Dobson is looking forward to see what they can bring to the Colts in 2017.

Most of the group has been on the track since November and there is a good feeling around the team as they look to put into place a fast moving and attacking game style, built on the framework set last year in the U17's. The magpies also welcome back Tristan Dowdy and Ethan Sivijs from Academy duties and Zac Stegemeyer from early retirement!! - which should provide some real poise and experience to the back line. The introduction of Abdullah Haddad and Jayden Johnson from Toowoomba promises to bring some outside run this year which should help the Pies get the ball in quickly to the tall forwards in Jordan Bonney and Whitlam Bishop.

Hopefully, the Magpies Colts  can set the tone for the day for the club with a really good hit out this week against the Vultures in what promises to be a great start to the 2017 season.

Western Magpies Colts v Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park on Saturday, April 22nd at 9.30 am

B: Saxon Pobjoy, Hamish Campbell, Tristan Dowdy

HB: Sam Hartog, Zac Stegemeyer, Ethan Sivijs

C: Cal Grant, Josh Commons, Tom Cooper

HF:  Dan Edwards,  Jordan Bonney, Daniel Grandy

F: Jayden Johnson, Whitlam Bishop, Jacob Sheath

Foll:  Finn Collison, Max Webb Noah Resuggan

Int: Abdullah Haddad, Will Gillespie, Jye Enever Tom Slatter

Anytime Fitness - Ressies Preview

Andrew Thomson

NEW LOOK RESERVES CONFIDENT OF GOOD SHOWING

The Western Magpies Reserves will have a new look side with 17 new players not part of the setup in 2016 set to take on Mt Gravatt in Round 1 of the QAFL at Mt Gravatt on Saturday.

The constants are coach Craig Allen and s veterans of the team in Captain for Saturday Gabe McKinnon, defender Sean McEvoy and regular senior player Sean Mewing. Jamie Page in also his third season and youngster Matt Mazarolle in his second season in senior ranks.

Bryce Crossley returns as vice-captain in this match after a stint at Kenmore ( he has seen the light!!) and young Zimbabwean Tadiwa Parirentyatwa returns after a serious knee injury last year.

The pleasing aspect from a club development point of view is the inclusion of 8 Colts players from 2016 to add to the 2 players making their senior debut on Saturday.

Rory Johnson had a taste of senior football 2 weeks ago and Jeremy de Rooy took some strong marks in the practice match.

Josh Uebergang comes from a basketball background and has plenty of learning to do but showed he will be a fine ruckman this year and other youngsters in Kurt Vine and Damon Allen were good players a fortnight ago.

Where the Pies are in terms of their prospects this year is still an unknown quantity with so many new players, but they look to have the nucleus of a good side and with new recruit Tom Hall (unavailable), a strong bodied defender, and the possible return of key forward Scott Musson after a stint in Cairns and the Reserves will still be a competitive outfit.  

Western Magpies Reserves v Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park on Saturday, April 22nd at 11.30 am

B: Rohan Smith, Sean McEvoy, Jamie Page

HB: Kurt Vine, Gabe McKinnon (C), Damon Allen

C: Matt Mazerolle, Bryce Crossley (vc), James Gainford

HF: Matt Cowton, Tadiwa Parirenyatwa, Tom Roderick

F: J White, Jeremy De Rooy, Phil Stumer

Foll: Josh Uebergang, Sean Mewing, Rory Johnson

I/C: Dom Morrison, Will Lloyd, Julian Tabe, Thomas Luke

PLACE PREVIEW - NEW LOOK PIES RARING TO GO FOR ROUND 1

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies will take the field this year in a new guernsey, with a new coach and a new look team this year.  (though you will have to wait until Round 2 for the traditional Sherwood stripes, as the Pies will wear a clash strip vs the vultures)

The Pies finally play their first match of the 2017 season when they meet old foes Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park on Saturday.

New Western Magpies Coach Brydan Morgan is pleased with the pre-season work put in by his players but is now thrilled that the season proper is about to start after a later start to the season than usual.

The QAFL is down to 9 teams this year with UQ dropping back to QFA Division 1.

The Pies have new players in Jake de Winter from Kenmore and originally from Tasmania and he will be a key player across half-forward and Harry Marshall from UQ -- a strong marking key defender.

In addition Joe Murphy, a late season recruit last year, will be a key player in the midfield with his strong body and penetrating left foot, Tom Ielasi returns from overseas to add to the midfield mix and a rejuvenated and fit Logan Murray, who also missed 2017, looks ready to put his stamp on senior football.

Aaron Maricic has also been reinvigorated and has been training enthusiastically and young players in Lachie Dennis and Charlie Pershouse look bigger and stronger than last year.

The inclusion from last years Under 19s in big forward/ruckman Aaron Highland and midfield/half forward and last year's captain in Dom Misso brings to six the number of debutants in this match for the Pies (others are Murray, Marshall, De Winter and Murphy). 

Brydan Morgan is not dwelling on any of the list turnover and sees this as an opportunity for a fresh start with a number of new players coming into the side and it may actually be a smoother transition to to implement his new game plan.

The nucleus of the Pies defence will still be strong with Chris Hunt, David Lewis, Luke Mitchell and Harry Marshall forming a strong backline unit. Aaron Maricic may also spend time in the back half. 

Despite the loss of some experienced players, the midfield still looks particularly strong. The addition of the strong bodied Joe Murphy into the midfield mix will counterbalance the loss of Carseldine/McEvoy/Woods and the midfield still has plenty of inside grunt with new captain Drew Mitchell, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Brodie Easton and Gareth Crawfordto be joined at times by Matt Davis , who may rotate into the midfield and also play across half forward where he started his career.  Brodie Easton has put in a good pre-season and will be looking to continue his run of Senior form from the 2nd half of 2016.  Dom Beer may shoulder the ruck duties when he is fully fit after a delayed start to the pre-season but the young but strong Highland will take the ruck responsibilities in this Round 1 as he looks to put his stamp on senior footy.

The forward line will be smaller than previous years with Redland listed Liam Dwyer to play at CHF and Jake De Winter and Aaron Highland to be other forward targets witha mix of Davis, Brenton Saunders and Riley Easton when fit after an ACL reconstruction last year to be the medium and small forwards who can also apply defensive pressure. Redlands listed but ex-Magpie Mitchell Stallard comes into the team for Saturday and he is a classy player who will add to the Pies forward/midfield power in this match. 

Of course the evergreen Val Pope will again be a key player up forward with his deceptively strong overhead marking and ability at ground level to gather the ball at full tilt. The dual Peirce Medallist will play his 200th Senior match for the Pies about mid season to underline his impact for the Pies over many years.

Brady Allen will miss the first half of the season after an ACL reconstruction late last year but his progress has been rapid and is looking to play the latter half of the season.

Western Magpies v Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park, Mt Gravatt on Saturday, April 22nd at 2 pm

B: Logan Murray, Charlie Pershouse, Luke Mitchell

HB: David Lewis, Chris Hunt, Harry Marshall

C: Joe Murphy, Drew Mitchell (C), Aaron Maricic

HF: Mitchell Stallard, Liam Dwyer, Matt Davis (vc) 

F: Val Pope, Jake De Winter, Brenton Saunders ®

Foll: Aaron Highland, Ben Jaenke-Cain, Tom Ielasi

I/C: Gareth Crawford, Brodie Easton, Lachie Dennis, Dom Misso

Anytime Fitness - Coaches Corner - Meet the Stats Guru

Andrew Thomson

SHANE MELROSE - SENIOR ASSISTANT COACH - IT & PLAYER EDUCATION

Shane joined the Magpies last year as an Assistant Coach after a distinguished career with the University of Southern Queensland AFC at Toowoomba.

Such is the dedication of Shane that he travels from Toowoomba several times per week to be involved in coaching at QAFL level. He was rewarded for his coaching and dedication by being named as the Western Magpies 2016 Coach of the Year and presented the Russell Green Memorial Trophy at last year’s Presentation Night.

Shane has a coaching role in a football club that did not exist 5 years ago but is becoming essential if club's are to be successful in the modern era of football. He collects match and player statistics and then applies statistical analysis and video to assess player's strengths and weaknesses and conveys that information to senior coach Brydan Morgan so that players can learn and improve their game, work on identified weakness and develop into better players. And this can only help the team overall.

Shane grew up in Melbourne but has played most of his football in Brisbane and Toowoomba as a midfielder/small forward  and he played for USQ Cougars for 15 years before x2 ACL reconstructions ended his playing career.

He then began coaching and has coached at various levels for USQ in the Darling Downs AFL for 15 years. He has coached at Firsts, Reserves and Colts levels and coached USQ Colts and Reserves to premierships and Seniors to several Grand Finals and was Assistant-Coach in two USQ Senior premierships.

He was the first Darling Downs coach to be appointed to the coaching panel for South Queensland for their annual clash with North Queensland, being Assistant Coach in 2015.

He joined the coaching staff of the Western Magpies in 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Pies.

He believes that with the new software being implemented on game days to gather statistics and monitor players that this information will be a valuable tool in educating the players and assisting Brydan Morgan to implement the team's game plan more effectively.