Sunday was a big day for the Sherwood Magpies, with both the U/12's and U/17's playing off for a spot in the big dance in 2 weeks time.
We are very pleased to report that both sides got the chocolates in wildy different circumstances to progress to their respective Grand Final's in a fortnight.
After finishing the year on top of the ladder, the U/12's traveled all the way to Jimboomba to take on Wests Bulldogs in a 'local derby'. The Magpies progressed through to the Grand Final with a quality display of Magpie footy, running out winners 8.6 - 54 to 2.0 - 12.
They will now take on the winner of Wests vs Ambrose Treacy in the Grand Final to be played at Coorparoo on Saturday Sep 12 at 830am. We encourage all Magpie fans to get down and watch the future of the club playing off for yet another Magpie Premiership.
Meanwhile, the undefeated U/17 outfit ventured to Burpengary to do battle in another 'local derby' against Mt Gravatt for the right to a week off and a spot in the big dance in 2 weeks time.
It what proved to be their toughest outing of the year, the Magpies showed great determination and courage to finish the match in a draw with Mt Gravatt. The Magpies were 9 points down with just 3 minutes to play, but managed to claw their way to the draw before edging ahead in extra time for a memorable 7 point victory, 8.10 - 58 to 7.9 - 51.
This team has been hunted all year as the standout undefeated side, and just keep playing their 'team first' football to respond to every challenge thrown at them, which is a credit to the group and coaching staff. They now progress to the Grand Final, also to be played at Coorparoo on Saturday Sep 12 @ 2pm against the winner of Morningside vs Mt Gravatt this weekend.
Last but not least, the Sherwood U/13's are still alive and kicking in finals action, taking on the Fassifern Falcons in a Preliminary Final this Sunday at Tansey Park, Logan @ 1130am. The U/13's finished the home & away season on top of the ladder, but suffered a close loss to Ipswich Cats last week. In their 2 outings vs Fassifern this year, they split the points - so it promises to be a close encounter before the Magpies hopefully progress to the Grand Final the following week with a chance to knock off the Cats in the decider and bring home the cup!
The Sherwood Magpies Junior Football club continues to be the place to be for young footballers, with a fantastic group of volunteers, parents and coaches who set a great example to our players. Numbers continue to grow and with so many Sherwood juniors featuring in the QAFL Senior side, it shows that when many young kids come to the Magpies to play their footy, they end up staying for years and making life long connections - a feather in the cap for the club as a whole.
Be sure to get down to the remaining junior games as the Magpies march to even more Premierships!