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Place Preview - Magpies playing early elimination final again in 2019

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies face another virtual elimination final when they travel to the Gold Coast to do battle with the second placed Surfers Paradise in the final home and away QAFL round on Saturday.

The Pies have been playing on the edge for the last  three rounds and have scraped into fifth place but must still win on Saturday then watch the scoreline in the Mt Gravatt-Labrador match to calculate the percentages.

The Magpies and Demons are arguably the form teams of the competition and with the home team playing for a home Qualifying Final and the Pies for a finals appearance  this is a high stakes contest-- just like a finals game in fact!! 

The Magpies have made 3 forced changes at selection with Samson Ryan, Bruce Reville and Caleb Franks called into the Redlands team. In comes Macauley Lonergan, Lachie Dennis and Ben Jaenke-Cain. Lonergan was the Pies best in the Reserves last week and Jaenke-Cain has been consistent for many weeks in the Reserves and has kept his chin up and deserves his recall-- you know what you are going to get from the former Bill Peirce Medallist. 

The Pies forward line, dysfunctional at times in the early part of the season, has found its mojo and with more direct ball coming into the forward half it allows the class of Ryan Harwood, Claye Beams and Brodie Lumber to contest one-out and they will all win more of those than they lose. 

In Gerard Moore the Pies have a class ruckman who will more than provide a contest and the Pies a fair share of the ball and with Riley Easton, Will Fletcher and Gareth Crawford all in good form the Pies willget plenty of contested ball to get the ball moving forward. 

The back six remain unchanged and have been superb in recent weeks, led by skipper David Lewis and fullback Luca Winton, who has had another great season. Riley Greene, this week's QAFL Rising Star nominee, and another youngster in Ethan Sivijs have both been superb all season with their consistency exceptional for two teenagers holding down positions in the back 6.

Aaron Highlands and Jack Goodall have both been consistent players and have played the roles coach Brydan Morgan asks them to and also give Morgan flexibility as both can play forward, back or in the ruck/midfield.

Well, the equation is simple--win and hope the other result goes their way, lose and its curtains for the season. The Magpies will be keen to reverse last year's final round result when they lost to the Demons and missed finals in somewhat of an upset. This will be played with finals like intensity and with the Magpies playing their best football of the year will be quietly confident of victory. 

QAFL Round 19: Western Magpies v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise  on Saturday, August 17th at 2.00 pm

B: Luke Mitchell Luca Winton  Brenton Saunders

HF: Riley Greene, Jack Goodall,  David Lewis

C:  Will Fletcher Ryan Harwood  Dan Edwards 

HF: Claye Beams Liam Dwyer  Val Pope

F:  Kale Reed Brodie Lumber  Aaron Highlands  

Rucks:  Gerard Moore

             Gareth Crawford

Rover:   Riley Easton

I/C:   Ethan Sivijs, Lachie Dennis, Macauley Lonergan, Ben Jaenke-Cain

Kaplan - Reserves Round 19 Match Preview

Andrew Thomson

RESERVES KEEN TO FINISH ON A HIGH

The Western Magpies Reserves will be keen to finish the season on a high when they talk on the first placed Surfers Paradise in QAFL Round 19 action at Surfers Paradise on Saturday. 

The Pies lose three good players to the Seniors in Ben Jaenke-Cain, Macaulaey Lonergan and Lachie Dennis while Harrison Kerr and Hamish Campbell are both out injured. This gives the opportunity for Mitchell O'Dea and Harrison Radcliffe and both were good players early in the season before missing through injury. Matt Mazerolle comes in after a trip overseas and he will add marking power to the forward line while Finn Collison also adds marking power up forward. Brady Allen also missed last week with a niggle and this week he has been selected at full forward while Zac Collison returns to boost the half back line after also missing with a niggle last week. 

Coach Kiran Verma will be hoping his team can lift for the final game in what has largely been a disappointing season for the Reserves. 

However, in their defence they have been chopped and changed all season with 8-10 changes from week to week in some games and a further 6 changes for this match.

Sam Hartog has been excellent on a wing in recent matches and Jayden Gallagher, Rory Johnson and Joel Workman have also enjoyed good form recently. 

With a forward line comprising Allen, Jack Austin, Jesse Hampel and Jordan Bonney the pies have plenty of options--they just need to get the ball down there as quick and as often as possible. 

The Magpies will be up for the challenge and several players on the fringe of Senior selection will be keen to play well to stay in the selection mix should the Seniors play finals. 

QAFL Round 19: Western Magpies Reserves v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, August 17th at 11.30 am 

 B:   Aiden D'Roza  Sean McEvoy Chris Jenkins 

HB:   Zac Collison Harry Marshall  Peter Kilroy

C:   Sam Hartog Jayden Gallagher Zane Lovell

HF:  Finn Collison Jesse Hampel Deng Arok

F:   Jack Austin  Brady Allen Jordan Bonney 

Rucks:  Monty Vine

             Joel Workman 

Rover:   Rory Johnson 

I/C:   Isaac Bongaarts, Matt Mazarolle, Mitchell O'Dea, Harrison Radcliffe

 

CFMG Capital - Colts Round 19 Preview

Andrew Thomson

COLTS MUST WIN TO SECURE DOUBLE CHANCE

The Western Magpies Colts face a danger game against Surfers Sharks on Saturday morning as the Pies need to win to have any chance of a third place finish.

The Sharks have improved since the last time they met so the Pies will need to be on guard.

The Pies will welcome back Queensland under 17 player Darcy Prest but will still miss the injured Jack Briskey.

The backline has been in good form recently with Whitlam Bishop, Lawson Campbell and Tom Evans all solid contributors while Lachlan Davies in ruck has also lifted his workmate in recent weeks.

Noah Resuggan, Sean Ryan, Darcy Prest, Cade Scott,  Jonty Macdougall and Jacob Aurisch are a strong midfield with a combination of pace and strength.

Jackson Paynter, Cam Ferguson and Cooper Crowell are the forward targets and Sam Mehari provides the speed at ground level.

Ferguson was exceptional last week in his return to the side, while Paynter has had an outstanding season and looks a future QAFL player of promise, likely as soon as next season.

The Pies should win and if Broadbeach are defeated by PBC then the Pies will take third place and the double chance. A loss drops the Pies to fifth but they will still play finals. 

QAFL Round 19: Western Magpies Colts v Surfers Paradise at Surfers Paradise on Saturday, August 17th at 9.30 am

 Unfortunately no side has been named at this point, which is a continual frustration for all involved.

Coopers Friday Night Footy Preview - Woodsmen take on Roos in Semi Final

Andrew Thomson

After their quality win vs Morningside in last weeks semi final, the Woodies have named an unchanged side for the first time in club history as they prepare to take on their 2018 Grand Final opponents, Maroochydore in another knock-out final.

In a remarkable turn of events, at this stage there are no casualties from last weeks team due to work, injury, family commitments, coaching etc so an unnamed side has been named! Not a bad effort for a side that used a total of 79 players through the one side during the home & away rounds!

Having said all that, if you’re named an emergency for the Woodies, you strap the ankles and bring the boots!

Recognising the difficulty in getting up the Bruce Highway on a Friday evening, especially in the week of the ‘Ekka Flu’ - the game has been scheduled for an 8pm start, but the Woodies have been ready for this one for quite some time.

Last week there were a couple of players in Hockley and Prior who rose from their sick beds to play superb games, this week its a clean bill of health and the Woodies will have 22 fit and ready to go in enemy territory.

The engine room of Judson, Woods, DeNys, Curtis and Morrison created a potent ball winning midfield who are hard at the footy and apply plenty of tackling pressure to go with their ball winning ability. There is speed on the wings via Verma, Fuentes and potentially Banim and Davis who may push up there, while the usual miserly defence will again be functioning well without changes to the side.

Green has been in and out all year due to work commitments, but with this being his 3rd game on the trot he will be in prime form and form a quality defensive wall across half back with the likes of Young, Davis, Bilko and La Burniy, while the ever reliable Prior and Hopkins will mop up in the last line of defence.

Up front is where the real danger may lie with potent twin talls in Hockley and Evans creating aerial options and the experienced Mihalopoulous an option both in the air and at ground level. The irishman will be his usual electric self, while resting mids love to get forward for a goal.

Friday marks the 10 year anniversary to the day when the Woodies famously defeated Jimboomba in the 2009 Grand Final after the skipper Sean Toohey celebrated the early arrival of twins on the morning of the match. There are 3 surviving members of that side taking the field in Green, Thomson and Verma and they will be looking to mark the occasion with another quality win away from home.

Go Woodies!

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Gut Feelings - Brought to you by Regis Aged Care

Andrew Thomson

  • The Seniors are back in the finals hunt but it is going to be a nerve racking Saturday afternoon with several possibilities come 5 pm.  The Magpies, Mt Gravatt and Labrador all sit on 24 points with percentage separating them . The Magpies hold down 5th place on the ladder on 96.84%,  1.1% ahead of Mt Gravatt on 95.74% but quite a long way ahead of Labrador on 82.55%. Simply put, the Pies must win over the second placed Surfers Paradise, as a loss is curtains for another year. If the Magpies win  and then if Mt Gravatt defeat Labrador then it will come down to percentage who takes 5th place. A Pies win and a Labrador win will see the Pies stay in 5th as Labrador’s percentage gap will be too great to bridge. Calculators will be at the ready and the possibility of thumb RSI is well and truly on the cards.  

  • Coach Brydan Morgan has all his players fit and firing with the only players missing with injury being Drew Mitchell and Logan Murray. The pieces have fallen in place with the Pies able to play a more direct style of football, especially as the forward line looks dangerous with plenty of options in attack. Brodie Lumber is clunking them and now kicking straight, Ryan Harwood and Claye Beams are both fit and firing and enjoying booting a few goals and dual Bill Peirce Medallist Val Pope was starting to look like his dangerous self. The midfield now matches any opposition with Gerard Moore being a revelation in ruck and Samson Ryan the up and comer. 

  • Though sadly the Pies look likely to lose Caleb Franks, Samson Ryan and Bruce Reville to Redland this week, sure we can cop Caleb Franks as a Redlands listed player - but the other 2 boys are on the Magpies Primary list and have been pulled from pillar to post this year playing for 6 different teams. Are they really looking after the development of young players with this sort of treatment?

  • The Surfers Paradise match is a case of déjà vu as last year the winner of the last round match would make the five. Unfortunately for the Pies they were running on empty after playing a succession of virtual elimination finals in the second half of the season which took its toll and they went down. At the moment the Pies and Demons are the form teams of the competition and the home team will be playing for second place on the ladder and a home final so this match is a finals match one week early. However, unlike last year, the Pies are up and firing and all players look fit and despite the odd niggle are coming good at the right time of the season.

  • Riley Easton turned back the clock to a different era with a mullet a la Bailey Smith from the Western Bulldogs and Riles as usual was in amongst it despite the new look.

  • Mt Gravatt star Mick Hamill fractured the fibula in his leg in the second quarter on Saturday and it may spell the end of Mick's career.

  • Mick is as close to family for the Magpies as there can be for an opposition player as he was a junior star for Sherwood and played with his cousin Pat Garner before joining his brother Will at the Vultures. He has been a true warrior for Mt Gravatt and despite his thin frame he is as tough as they come and is highly regarded in the QAFL. All at the Magpies wish Mick all the best in his recovery.  

  • Gut Feelings playing days go back a bit and it was only at the end of his career that there was some inspirational music in the rooms before the match.  "Eye of the Tiger" comes to mind but on Saturday in the Pies' rooms before the match there was funky/hip hop music--not sure which-- that had the visiting Grey Magpies raise their eyebrows!

  • Whatever it was it did the trick as the Pies came out firing from the first bounce to take early control of the match.

  • Mitch Merritt had an omen of some sorts on Saturday when he had a magpie do his number and the droppings landed on Mitch. Now I am not sure how much of an omen it actually was--maybe if the droppings had hit a Mt Gravatt supporter it may have been an omen but whichever way you look at it the footballing Pies were all over their opponents on the field!! And Mitch took it all in his stride also running water for the senior team.

  • With Barts on his Europe trip and now preparing to watch the Aussies at Lords, up stepped supporters Peter Carter and Lindsay Hampson to work the BBQ with Heathy helping out as usual.

  • Peter is also a club sponsor with his law firm Carter Capner Lawyers and Lindsay was a past player at the club. They were very chuffed with their sales record, claiming to have outdone Barts and enjoyed themselves so much indicated they may get on the BBQ tools next season. 

  • The Grey Magpies highlighted the career of Jim Evans on Saturday as he presented the awards for Saturday's matches. Jim won premierships as a junior and in Seniors for Sherwood and is still in good nick as he wore his Under 17 Sherwood premiership guernsey when he made the presentations to Dan Edwards in Seniors, Sam Hartog in Reserves and Whitlam Bishop in the Colts. 

  • The BG Award went to skipper David Lewis who was inspirational across half back and as always displayed "Courage and Commitment".

  • a reminder to check out "Magpie Chatter" No 5,  the Grey Magpies newsletter which has been posted on the Sherwood and Western Magpies Old Boys Facebook page. 

  • The Woodsmen had a solid victory in Friday night's Elimination Final at McCarthy Homes Oval on Friday night over Morningside. A look at the best players list of Andrew Thomson, Jason Evans, Matt Hockley, Chris Judson , Tim Green and Kiran Verma would indicate an average age of well over 35 so not a bad effort from the mature players in the side!! You can’t buy experience!! Matt Hockley once again had the goal kicking boots on with 6 goals. 

  • The Woodies travel up to Maroochydore on Friday night for an 8pm start to their First Semi Final.

  •  Friday night saw a big crowd in attendance for the Woodies match which was preceded by the under 8s, Under 9s, Under 10s and the under 11 girls and boys matches. and it was also a "Pies For Pies" night and it was great to see so many families enjoying the footy on a Friday night.  

  •  Club President Andrew Thomson just made it for the game after the wild weather in NSW caused the cancellation of a large number of flights and Thommo had to drive from Newcastle to Sydney to get on a re-scheduled flight before a dash from the airport got him to Chelmer just in time to coach the u11s to a solid win over arch rivals Yeronga before strapping on the boots (and plenty of tape) to take on Morningside. He says he got plenty of advice from the sidelines from his young charges, with his own words ringing in his ears regularly!

  •  The Reserves pushed the more fancied Mt Gravatt and had their chances to win but fell 6 points short. This was a 95 point turnaround as the Pies were defeated by 101 points in Round 1. The highlight was the late inclusion into the side of Sean McEvoy for his 200th Senior club game for the Magpies. Smack played  a handy game in defence  and he features in another story celebrating his milestone elsewhere in this forum. In typical fashion Smack also ran the water for the Seniors in another demonstration of the clubman that he is. 

  • The Magpies Colts had their work cut out for them in the first half against Mt Gravatt but powered away after half time. The Colts have a big game against Surfers Sharks on Saturday morning. The Pies are in 4th position on equal points but with a large gap in percentage behind the 3rd placed Broadbeach. The Magpies must win and then hope Broadbeach go down to the 2nd placed PBC.  Surfers pose a threat to the Pies as they have been playing good football in the second half of the season.

  • Good to see Alex Dickfos enjoying the footy on Saturday and catching up with his mates at the Magpies, including ex-captain Lachlan Woods, who had  handy game in the Woodies victory on Friday night. Dicko played in the Wandsworth Demons premiership in London AFL last year but came home before this year's finals. He indicated he will be back at Chelmer next year in an early boost for the Pies’ 2020 prospects. 

  • Congratulations to 17 year old Riley Greene who was this week’s QAFL Rising Star nomination. Riley has had an outstanding season to date and is a key member of the Pies backline. He is fearless in his attack on the ball and contest, puts his body on the line every match and for a 17 year old his footy smarts are well developed. He shows maturity on and off the field and is just a genuinely good bloke. He can hold a conversation with young and old alike and respects everyone in the footy club and understands the rich history of the club.He has not played a bad game this season and this week’s award is for consistency across the 13 matches he has played to date. In Gut Feelings opinion he has to be right in the mix along with Dan Edwards to take the overall QAFL Rising Star Award  such has been his consistency.

  • “RG” will be a key part of the Magpies impressive defensive six as they take on Surfers Paradise on Saturday and should the Pies make the finals he will be a player to watch as this year he has stepped up on the big occasions when asked.

  • RG joins Dan Edwards and Jack Austin as Magpie Rising Star nominees for 2019, and Ethan Sivijs can’t be far from a nomination after an incredibly consistent season down back for the Pies. One of these boys could follow in the footsteps of Riley Easton who was the 2018 Rising Star winner, remarkably so given it was his 4th year of Senior footy!

  • Only a few rounds to go in junior footy and youth footy finals have now commenced, the U12s were unlucky to be knocked out and the absence of 3 x state players off in Perth certainly doesn’t help, but congrats again to the 3 J’s, Jacob Edwards, Jack Harrison and Jack Slater who were part of a QLD side who ran 4th, defeated SA and got closer than anyone to the Victorian side. The carnival was mostly played in tough conditions, but the boys did QLD proud under the guidance of club legend Noodles McEvoy who is the U12 state coach.

McCarthy Homes Match Review - Magpies firing on all cylinders to move into 5th

Andrew Thomson

The Western Magpies inflicted a 10 goal defeat on old rivals Mt Gravatt and in doing so replaced the vultures in fifth place on the QAFL ladder going into the final round.

Playing at home at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer in front of a healthy crowd,  the Magpies played some of their best football for the season and were on song from the first bounce as they went on to a 19.7-121 to 9.7-61 victory which lifted the Pies' percentage above Mt Gravatt.  Much to the pleasure of regular viewers, the Pies accuracy in front of goal was finally rewarding some of their work up the ground!

Brodie Lumber was on fire early in the match (no pun intended) with his regular strong marks leading to three first quarter goals which got the Pies away to a four goal lead at quarter time. The match was played in blustery conditions which the Magpies had first use but they handled the conditions quite well throughout the match.  

Claye Beams was used across half forward and he finished with 6 goals, at one stage in the second and third quarters booting 5 goals in a row for the Pies. His partner in crime in Ryan Harwood kicked 4 goals and Val Pope snared 2 goals as well to give the Pies a functioning and potent forwardline with Lumber and Dwyer offering the tall options, Beams, Harwood and Pope some finishing class and ability at both ground level and in the air, while Reed gets busy at ground level.

Gerard Moore and Samson Ryan  in ruck blunted the very strong Vultures ruck  duo and this enabled the Pies midfield to win the ball and drive the Pies forward. Harwood. Riley Easton, Caleb Franks and 350 game player Gareth Crawford all got the Pies going in the midfield battles. 

On the wings Dan Edwards and Bruce Reville provided plenty of spark to drive the Pies goalward, with their speed burning the opposition on several occasions.

The defence was superb, with skipper David Lewis marshalling his troops brilliantly from half back taking plenty of intercept marks in the 2nd quarter when the Vultures challenged with the wind at their back,  Luca Winton shut down the dangerous full forward,  Aaron Highlands was strong at CHB and Riley Greene,Ethan Sivijs, Luke Mitchell and Brenton Saunders mopped up and they were a very solid back six. 

Greene and Sivijs must both be long overdue for a QAFL Rising Star nomination, though as defenders perhaps don’t get the recognition of young forwards and mids throughout the competition despite both regularly playing outstanding games on experienced opponents.

The Pies season is still alive but they must defeat the other form side of the competition in the second placed Surfers Paradise who inflicted Palm Beach-Currumbin's first defeat of the year and also with an emphatic 10 goal victory. Surfers Paradise will be tough as they will be playing for a home Qualifying Final so this match is another finals like game with a huge amount riding on the outcome. 

The Pies will also be keeping a close eye on the Mt Gravatt-Labrador match because percentage could decide who makes the five even if the Pies are victorious. With 0.10% separating the Magpies and Mt Gravatt the calculators will be given a workout. A loss for the Magpies means curtains for the year and the winner of the Vultures-Tigers match will make the five, while a win provides to guarantees but should hopefully be enough to secure a well deserved finals spot after an interrupted season.

Western Magpies 5.2 - 32 | 9.4 - 58 | 14.6 - 90 | 19.7 - 121

defeated

Mt Gravatt Vultures 1.2 - 8 | 5.3 - 33 | 6.5 - 41 | 9.7 - 61

Best: Beams, Lumber, Lewis, Winton, Harwood, Edwards

Goals: Beams 6, Lumber, Harwood 4, Pope, Reed 2, Dwyer 1

Coopers Friday Night Footy Review - Elimination Final vs Morningside

Andrew Thomson

The Woodsmen took on Morningside in the QFA Elimination Final on Friday night in front of a big home crowd on ‘Pie Night’ at the club. The theme continued as it certainly was the Pies night as they ran out 5 goal winners after a tough first half, before the experienced Woodies players took over to put the game to bed.

Getting off his sick bed for the match, regular CHF Matt Hockley was moved closer to goal to reduce his workload after a flu-ridden week and he produced the goods with a 6 goal haul, thanks to some quality finishing and regular supply from a dominant midfield.

The Woodies were strong early winning the first clearance and pushing forward, and while they spent a majority of the first quarter camped in their attacking 50 were only able to kick 2.3 for the quarter after some wayward kicking and some poor options going forward.

The 2nd quarter was more finely balanced with Morningside putting some good passages together, but a feature of the game was the ease with which the Woodies were able to rebound out of the defence and not spend petrol tickets with long period of defensive footy in their own half, while in contrast regularly locked the ball forward for repeat offensive opportunities.

Irish Sammy Banim was his usual lively self and set up an important second quarter goal for Captain/Coach Chris Mihalopoulous with a scinitilating peace of brilliance on the flank finishing with a deft left foot pass straight into Mika’s bread basket. Meanwhile the expected dominance through the midfield was coming to fruition with the Woodies batting particularly deep through the middle with the prolific Curtis and Judson, and the bullocking Woods and DeNys. Meanwhile, Morrison provided a touch of class despite being a little rusty coming back from an ankle injury.

This midfield depth allows the Woodies to play the likes of Chris Davis across half-back where his work rate, tackling and vocal direction are key, while Brent Hocking and Chris Mihaloplous are able to spend all their time forward without blowing up with midfield stints.

Also down back, Tim Green was controlling the air and while the Woodies were slightly undersized for height - the likes of Hopkins, Bilko, Prior and La Burniy dominated at ground level and Young was able to take plenty of intercept marks.

Kiran Verma played arguably his best game of the year showing some vintage speed, while Jake Fuentes was an important link man on the opposite wing.

With a 1 goal lead at half time, the Woodies were able to largely control the game in the 2nd half kicking 6 goals straight to take a 7 goal lead into time on before some junk time goals from the Panthers brought the final margin back to 5 goals.

Jason Evans was particularly strong in the 2nd half with some bustling play and the Panthers were noticeably beginning to 2nd guess themselves in contests as the experienced Magpies were strong and uncompromising over the footy. Judson was incredibly prolific and took huge advantage of Thomson’s ruck dominance around the ground as the midfield functioned beautifully. The addition of boundary throw-ins instead of ball ups for the finals certainly assists the older style ruckmen who prefer a wrestle to a jumping contest!

The reward for the victory is a Friday night game against Maroochydore in Maroochydore, and some of the Woodies are rumoured to have left already to beat the traffic!

Woodies 2.3 - 15 | 4.3 - 27 | 7.6 - 48 | 10.9 - 69

defeated

Morningside 1.1 - 7 | 3.3 - 21 | 3.6 - 24 | 5.7 - 37

Best: Thomson, Evans, Hockley, Judson, Green, Verma (average age 35!)

Goals: Hockley 6, Evans, Hocking, Mihalopoulos, Judson 1

Sci Fleet - Reserves Match Review

Andrew Thomson

RESERVES DOWN IN TIGHT CONTEST

The Western Magpies Reserves were defeated by Mt Gravatt in a tight contest, going down by 6 points, 8.16-64 to 8.10-58. 

The Magpies fought back from a 4 goal half time deficit to close the gap to 2 points early in the last quarter and looked to be about to overrun the Vultures but the visitors regrouped and held on for the win.

For the Magpies, it was a vast improvement after they had lost the round 1 clash by 101 points.

The pleasing aspect for the Pies was the effort of several players who were unlucky to be left out of the Senior side with Macauley Lonergan getting plenty of the football in the midfield and across half forward, Jordan Bonney in the centre (also booted 2 goals) and Jayden Gallagher used his strength to win plenty of ther contested football in midfield. Ben Jaenke-Cain reminded selectors of his abilities with another prolific game, Joel Workman showed what he is capable of after an interrupted season and Sam Hartog was excellent at halfback and then on a wing. 

Harrison Kerr also played well at half forward to finish with 3 goals. 

A highlight of the match was Sean McEvoy playing his 200th club game for the Magpies in a career which commenced with Auskick in 1994 through juniors to Colts and then into senior ranks in 2007. He was a late call-up to the side when Brady Allen was a late withdrawal and he was solid in defence for the Pies. 

The Pies have a big challenge when they play the ladder leaders Surfers Paradise and although out of finals contention will be keen to finish the season on a high note with a big scalp. 

Magpies 2.1 - 13 | 3.3 - 21 | 7.7 - 49 | 8.10 -58

defeated by

Mt Gravatt 2.2 -14 | 6.9 - 45 | 7.13 - 55 | 8.16 - 64

Best: Lonergan, Jaenke-Cain, Bonney, Hartog, Workman, Gallagher

Goals: Kerr 3, Bonney 2, Johnson, Jaenke-Cain, Jenkins 1

Harvey Norman Oxley - Colts Match Review

Andrew Thomson

COLTS CHALLENGED BEFORE TAKING THE POINTS

The Western Magpies Colts weathered a first half challenge from a determined Mt Gravatt before taking control in the second half to run out 32 point victors, 9-8-62 to 4-6-30.

Mt Gravatt, second last on the ladder came to play and had the pies on the back foot  for the first half. The Magpies lifted after half time and kept the Vultures goalless in the 2nd half and restricted them to just 3 behinds in windy conditions.

The defence was superb with CHB Whitlam Bishop, half back flanker / wignman Lawson Campbell and full back Tom Evans holding Mt Gravatt at bay.

Cade Scott was strong on ball and Jackson Paynter provided a high forward target at CHF. Lachlan Davies in ruck just gets better each game and Cam Ferguson sent a strong message with a quality game up front putting 4 goals on the board.

The Magpies will be looking for a sold win over the Surfers Sharks to secure a top 3 position but they will need to on guard as the Sharks will be a dangerous proposition at home in their last game of the season.

Magpies 3.1 - 19 | 4.5 - 29 | 6.5 - 41 | 9.8 - 62

defeated

Mt Gravatt 2.2 - 14 | 4.3 - 27 | 4.6 - 30 | 4.6 - 30

Best: Bishop, Campbell, Paynter, Scott, Davies, Evans

Goals: Ferguson 4, Crowell, Davies, Mehari, Thorpe, Paynter 1

McCarthy Homes Milestone - 'SMACK' Brings up 200!

Andrew Thomson

If you are looking for the definition of loyalty then look no further that Sean "Smack" McEvoy, who played his 200th Senior club match for the Western Magpies on Saturday.

Sean has been a constant at McCarthy Homes Oval at Chelmer since he started Auskick as a little tacker in 1994 then began in Under 8s in 1996 and went through the ranks in junior football to the Colts then Reserves and Seniors. 

He played his 183th Reserves game on Saturday to add to his 16 Senior games and a lone outing for the Woodsmen earlier this year. 

Sean has Black and White flowing through his veins as a member of the McEvoy family. Dad Michael was club President for many years and is a Life Member, Mum Julie was club Treasurer for 6 years, brother Tim played over 200 Senior games and is also a Life Member and brother Brett also played for many seasons at the Pies. And there is brother-in-law Reid Dobson who also played over 200 Senior games and is another Life member of the club.  

Sean played most of his football in number 8 but he says he wore number 5 in the 2007 Reserves premiership, which is one of the highlights of his career. This year he was a late starter so lost his coveted number 8 but as per usual there were no complaints from him and he wore whatever jumper was available—number 17 on Saturday.

He graduated from Sherwood juniors in 2005 to the Colts team, which is still regarded as one of the best teams to don the Black and White.   Sean reckons it could have taken on any Under 18 side in the country and been competitive. 

Coached by the legendary Alan Hagley,  the Pies defeated Southport in the Grand Final at the Gabba with a side that contained the likes of the Scott brothers, Luke and Andrew, Mick Hamill, Val Pope, Rohan Bail, Ben Heffernan-Roper, Adam Peel and Dean Nipperess to name a few. He regards that as the best team he has played in. Sean missed the premiership as he was recovering from a fractured tibia but says it was comfortably the best team he played in. 

The other highlight was the 2007 Reserves premiership when the Pies defeated Surfers Paradise at Zillmere.  The disappointments were the Reserves Grand Final losses in 2008 to Aspley after leading by 6 goals and then the loss to Sandgate at Maroochydore  in very windy conditions in 2011. 

He played mainly in defence and had the occasional run in the ruck and in many matches was giving away height and weight but he always managed to win many of the contests. He has never won any best and fairest awards but was always a consistent performer and won a couple of best player in the finals awards which says a lot as he played well at the business end of the season. 

Going back to the beginning, his first mentor was Kevin Kluver in Auskick then had Graham Shaw from Under 8s through to under 12s where he captained the side for one season. His father Michael also coached him for a couple of seasons before Graham Shaw again and Steve Mitchell coached in Under 14s and Under 16s.

In Colts he had Alan Hagley and then Craig "Sounda" Barden  and he credits all his coaches for the skills he learnt and also for continuing to teach as well as further develop his love for the game. In Reserves he had some excellent coaches in Peter McClennan, Des Lashman and Craig Allen.

Other than his fractured leg, he says he has been lucky with injuries, only missing with a back injury several years ago. He also says, tongue in cheek, that his night shift work as an electrician at Australia Post was a blessing in disguise and has probably extended his career as he has missed training so has not worn himself out too early!! 

Some of the better players he has played with include Val Pope, the Scott brothers, Mick Hamill, big Gerard Moore and was always amazed at what Matt "Clock" Thompson was able to do. 

Sean has spent 26 years at the club and has probably donned the black and white of Sherwood and Western Magpies for about 350 matches in total. He is forever thankful for a supportive family and that now includes wife Jasmine who has supported him in playing footy and the club can look forward to another dynasty of McEvoys with his 2 boys, Ted 3 years and Hugh, 6 weeks, probably not having much choice in their preferred footy code or club!!  

So to loyalty you can also add dependability and putting club before self. Sean has had his ups and downs selection wise but you never hear him complain and in recent seasons he has always been ready to fill the gaps in the Reserves when and where required. 

All at the Western Magpies and extended Sherwood family congratulate Sean "Smack" McEvoy on reaching the 200 match milestone, a great achievement for any footballer.