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Coopers Club News - 2006 Premiership Reunion

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Coopers Club News - 2006 Premiership Reunion

Andrew Thomson

The reunion of the Western Magpies 2006 Seniors and Reserves premierships won over Noosa was held last Saturday night with approximately 30 players in attendance.


MC Andrew McDonald interviewed Seniors coach Paul Grentell who commented on the strength of the group as players but also as a team where all players did that little bit extra for each other.

He mentioned the unlucky Todd Dunn who strained a hamstring on the eve of the Grand Final--Dunny was too keen to take on his old club. This allowed Will Fozard to come into the side from the Reserves and he was one of the better players in the victory.

Paul mentioned a number of players who played in the Reserves such as Scott Matthews, Phil Wills (now with NT Thunder) and Jye Spencer who would have been senior players in any other season to highlight the depth at the club at the time.

Grentell said the team was so disappointed after a straight sets exit from the 2005 finals that after the Preliminary Final loss they vowed never to experience that gut wrenching feeling again.

David Hamill, who was absent as he was attending Mackay City AFC 40thAnniversary where he was a premiership player, had one of his best matches for the Pies and Reid Dobson with three long goals and plenty of possessions vied for BOG honours. Grentell lauded captain Chris Mihalopoulos who sacrificed his game to tag Noosa's key playmaker and his winning of that battle went a long way toward the victory


McDonald also interviewed Mihalopoulos who as usual led from the front in the 2006 flag but also as organiser of the reunion.

Best on Ground players Reid Dobson (Seniors) and Matt Thompson (Reserves) were also interviewed and gave their views of the respective matches. Thompson mentioned several teammates who played well in captain Brad Wright, backman Leigh Rudd and centreman Luke Knight.


President of the club in 2006 Matt Vowles also gave an insight into the work behind the scenes to get the club to where it was able to win two flags in one season.

A successful night to celebrate two wonderful Premierships.