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Andrew Thomson

One of the most prestigious awards at the Western Magpies AFC is the BG Award.

The BG AWARD (penned by his great mate Tim McEvoy) 
The "BG Award" was created and named in honour of Brett Gwyther a former Sherwood and Western Magpies player, who was tragically taken in January 2007 after a very unexpected, hard fought battle with cancer at just 24 years of age. 

Brett "BG" Gwyther first came to the club in 1999. He enjoyed U18 premiership success in 2000 before joining the senior ranks in 2001 for the club's first year back in the AFLQ competition. In 2006, just 4 months before his tragic death, BG was an integral part of the 2006 premiership success against Noosa Football Club at Carrara Stadium.

BG was a cherished and loved member of the Football Club. Brought up in difficult circumstances, often moving from home to home as a foster child, BG found his true home and family at the Sherwood/Western Magpies Football Club. He worked hard at his own game and gave up his time to help the future stars of the club by coaching the Sherwood U8's.

The "BG Award" is awarded to a player who throughout the season, demonstrates courage and determination for his team. These qualities represent those shared by Brett "BG" Gwyther both on and off the football field and most importantly in the fight for his life. 

There are several players in the running to win the BG Award and while not the Club's Best and Fairest Award is almost the next most prized award at the football club. 

In the running will be--

-- Doug Lawrence for his attack at the contest and unstinting defensive efforts;

-- Callum Carseldine who was in and under all year (well documented) and for his leadership; 

-- Ben Jaenke-Cain for his hard running  from the midfield into defence then to create link-up options through the centre  of the ground; 

--Matt Davis for his stand-out season across halfback where he was a catalyst for many Magpie attacks;

-Drew Mitchell who had a break out season with his hard work in the midfield contests then incisive running to open up play and create scoring opportunities; 

--Tim McEvoy himself who rarely had a bad game in a consistent season where he mentored his younger teammates and his experienced head was invaluable in tight games;

--Chris Hunt in defence who was asked to play in both key defensive positions and on the flank and was rarely beaten-- his poise, balance and run out of defence was again a highlight;

--Richard Wenham for his attack on the football and ferocious tackling where he continuously laid his body on the line.