Western Magpies affiliate the Woodsmen have enjoyed a promising start to their season, winning their opening two away games to get off to the perfect start.
Round 1 saw a new look Woodsmen side take on a strong UQ outfit who came out firing, and had the Woodsmen down by 5 goals in the first half. As new players learnt on the run, and the established senior players lifted their intensity the Woodsmen fought their way back into the match to end up prevailing by 1 point.
Tim Green was outstanding at centre half back taking close to 20 intercept marks on a slippery night when everyone else was making handling and skill errors. In the 2nd half, Green managed to keep the Woodsmen camped in their front half as he dominated in the air and continually pumped the ball back inside 50. Sam Curtis was at his industrious best, winning plenty of ball and applying great pressure while Andrew Thomson playing through the ruck with stints resting forward was solid with 3 first half goals. Gerard Moore chimed in with 2 second half goals, including a 50m bomb to win the game after tirelessly presenting across half forward despite the poor delivery.
In Round 2, the Woodsmen traveled to Coorparoo to take on a highly fancied Kings outfit featuring many experienced players at QAFL level. The Woodsmen welcomed back several key players of their own, including Captain Sean Toohey up forward and outstanding defender Matty Prior, eventually running out 10 goal winners after a dominant first half. The Woodsmen were 'on' from the start of the match, with Sam Curtis playing an incredibly dominant match, racking up in excess of 50 disposals in an eye catching display also noteworthy for his superb defensive play, with some exceptional tackling of much bigger opponents.
Chris Mihalopoulous also played well through the middle, while Kiran Verma had a good night on the wing and newcomer Nick Masters showed his potential in just his 2nd game with an early goal and regular touches across half back and through the wing, showing rapid improvement for a player completely new to the game.
Tim Green was again solid at CHB, and the Woodsmen defence were again back to their stingy ways allowing just 3 goals for the night with Matty Prior's return offering composure and skill execution down back that was missing the week before.
Up front enjoyed a touch of class with the inclusion of Sean Toohey back into the fold in an undersized forward line. A slightly ill Gerard Moore offered a target, allowing the small forwards plenty of loose ball which they pounced on, an area that was sorely lacking the week before. Toohey snagged 4 goals in a great return to the side, while Gerard Moore managed 2. The rest were evenly distributed amongst the ground level forwards and midfielders in an improved forward effort.
The Woodsmen take on Morningside at the Nest this Friday night at 7:30pm - get down to cheer the boys on and enjoy a meal and a drink at the club.