The Western Magpies unveil another quality recruit for the 2016 QAFL season, highly decorated Victorian country footballer and tough midfielder Gareth Crawford.
Crawford is just the sort of player the Pies need to complement their midfield with a mix of experience and a strong body capable of winning the hard inside ball.
Crawford is highly regarded in the western district of Victoria and comes with a big reputation, having won the Brian Hennessy Medal in 2012 as the Western Border Football League Best & Fairest when representing the Hamilton Magpies. Crawford is also a 5 time Inter League representative and multiple senior best & fairest winner for clubs in both the Bendigo and Western Border Football leagues and has also played summer footy in the NTFL for the Palmerston Magpies.
Crawford also brings leadership skills and experience to a young Magpie outfit, having served as Captain, Vice-Captain and Senior Assistant Coach at the Hamilton Magpies, Hamilton Kangaroos and Old Collegians. Most recently in 2015, Crawford played for Merrivale Tigers in the Warnambool District League where he was among the Tigers best in their Grand Final lost to Dennington. Crawford joined Merrivale as part of a desire to have a season with a good mate and it’s a similar connection that has lead him to the Western Magpies. While Crawford is moving to QLD for greater employment opportunities, he will also link up with former Eaglehawk teammate – Ricky Dudley who is joining the Magpies Senior Squad in 2016 after a season with the Woodsmen, where he was also a stand out player in a losing Grand Final in 2015.
The Magpie faithful look forward to welcoming, Gareth, Ricky and all other new recruits to the nest in 2016!
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